• China
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria

Residential Services and Supports

People can apply for different types of residential supports. These include:

Group Living:

Group living supports (or group homes) provide staff support to 3 or more people who share a home. This support is based on the needs of the people who live in the program. Some programs focus on helping people prepare for living on their own; some programs provide more intensive support around behaviour, medical issues, physical assistance, or communication.

Familyhome/Host Family Program:

Familyhome/Host Family programs help to match a person with a Familyhome provider in their community. The individual participates in the day-to-day family life of the host provider. Familyhome programs vary in terms of the kinds of support they can offer. The provider typically is present overnight, but sleeps. The participant also typically needs to have a job or regular daytime activities in order to participate.

Supported Independent Living (SIL):

Supported Independent Living programs assist people who have an apartment of their own, and simply need support with some life activities for up to 4 -6 hours per week, in one or two visits. This program requires much more independence in order to be successful.

Independent Residential Model:

The Independent Residential Model allows people to develop their own residential service plan, based on a partnership between the person, their support network, and a service provider. Roles and parameters of support are clearly defined when entering into such an agreement.

Parameters of Support:

When we complete the application and Supports Intensity Scale®, we will want to make sure that the program can meet the person’s needs. For example, if someone wanted to participate in a SIL program – but needed help every day with important daily activities like preparing food – then a SIL program may not work for them. A group living, Familyhome, or Individualized Residential Model referral may be a more appropriate and safer option.


Revised: February/2018