Types of Support

Listed below is an overview of the types of support CLBC can provide to eligible adults and their families. For more detailed information, please contact your local CLBC Office.

Residential

Community Living BC supports eligible adults to live as fully and independently as possible in the community. Funding and the type of support provided depend upon the individual’s current disability-related needs, support preferences, and preferred home environment.

Supported Living

Supported living is a residential option that provides individuals living independently in the community with assistance in daily living. This service is available to individuals who own, lease, or rent their own homes. Supported Living services include outreach support and cluster living. Outreach support provides targeted hourly support to individuals through one-on-one or group arrangements. Within cluster living, an on-site contractor provides ongoing support to a group of individuals who have homes close to one another (typically within the same apartment building).

Shared Living

Shared living is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support. The home is the primary residence of both the individual being supported and the person offering support. Shared living includes home sharing and live-in support. Within home sharing, the contractor controls the home through ownership, lease, or rental. Within live-in support, the individual controls the home.

Staffed Residential

Within staffed residential, support for daily living is provided to an individual or group of individuals by a team of staff who rotate through the home according to an established schedule that includes overnight hours.

Community Inclusion

CLBC funds a variety of community inclusion options. These services are designed to support individuals to have rich lives within community. The amount of funding and type of support provided depend upon the individual’s current disability-related needs, support preferences, and goals for inclusion.

Employment

This service uses a variety of methods to ensure that individuals achieve employment within an integrated setting. This option includes supported employment, customized employment, and / or self-employment options. Employment is a first priority for individuals served by CLBC.

Skill Development

This service provides individuals with support to develop skills that are required for healthy, independent living. Support may be provided to individuals through one-on-one or group arrangements. Services are goal-based and time-limited.

Community-Based

This service is designed for individuals who require ongoing support to participate in community in a meaningful way. The service operates outside the individual participants’ homes and is usually offered according to an established schedule that allows individuals to participate on a part-time or full-time basis. This service may have a vocational focus, social /recreational focus, or some combination of the two.

Home-Based

This service is designed for individuals who require ongoing support to participate in community in a meaningful way. The service operates within the individual participants’ homes and is usually offered according to an established schedule that allows individuals to participate on a part-time or full-time basis. This service may have a vocational focus, social / recreational focus, or some combination of the two.

Respite

Respite provides families with a break from the challenges of caregiving. Families can use this service in the manner that best suits their unique circumstances. The service may be delivered in the family home, the home of a respite provider, or within the community.

Direct-Funded

Direct-funded respite is coordinated by families. The family recruits, screens, monitors, and pays for the delivery of respite services.

Contracted

Contracted respite is coordinated by a community-based agency. The agency recruits, screens, monitors, and pays for the delivery of respite services.

Support for Individuals and Families

CLBC funds a range of services for those who support an adult family member with a developmental disability. Services are designed to enhance the individual’s overall quality of life and to strengthen the family’s ability to manage. Services are typically goal-focused and time-limited.

Psychological

Psychological services require CLBC to establish a contract with a licensed psychologist or qualified mental health professional on behalf of an individual with mental health support needs. The service includes consultation, assessment, and therapy.

Behavioural

Psychological services require CLBC to establish a contract with a qualified professional on behalf of an individual with mental health support needs. The service includes consultation, assessment, and therapy.

Home-Maker

Home-maker services are available to individuals who require basic housekeeping services or temporary personal care to successfully live in the community. The service may also be accessed by those who provide ongoing, unpaid residential support to an adult with a developmental disability.

Support Coordination

This service is tailored to the unique needs of the individual or family. It may involve counselling, resource / referral, education / training, scheduling, advocacy, or connecting people with peers in the community. The service is typically delivered through a community-based agency that is contracted by CLBC to oversee the service. Support may be offered to an individual, a specific family member, an entire family, or family groups with similar needs.

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