The participant must demonstrate amenability to support as provided within in-apartment/independent supported living model. Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated determines amenability through:
- Interviews with the referred individual
- Family (when appropriate)
- Involved collateral agencies and individuals
- A review of the referral information
In the process of determining amenability, Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated may consider all relevant information such as the participant’s motivation towards involvement in support services, past responses to service providers, support, and factors such as psychiatric diagnoses and history of unsafe behaviour (e.g., sexual or physical inappropriate behaviour or violence).
The participant must be residing independently in the community or expressing a wish to experience supported independent living.
A Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated Referral form must be completed.
Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated offers an assessment service designed to assist in determining the participant’s interests, strengths and independent living skills. The assessment process is undertaken upon request of the referral and/or funding agent and after a proposal for an assessment service has been submitted and approved.
In such a proposal, the focus of the assessment and information gathering methods are identified.
During the assessment process, an assigned Community Support Worker will conduct participant interviews, family and collateral interviews (including, when appropriate, past or additional service providers), participant observation, and a review of available file information. The assessor will also employ several measurements and interviewing aids to assist in the gathering of pertinent information (e.g., the Scales of Independent Behavior- Revised, Supports Intensity Scale, Alumbra Questionnaire, a Turning Leaf Community Support Services Incorporated life skills/social skills checklist).
The purpose of the assessment process is to identify, through a participant-centered approach, the participant’s needs, strengths and current skills. The assessor may gather information that pertains to the scale of the participant’s needs and the tailoring of support to the individual.
Therefore, in gathering such pertinent information, the following areas may be explored:
- Medical and health information
- Psychiatric diagnoses
- Family history
- Employment and vocational training history, current and past access to community
- Current and past social supports
- Educational history
The core areas of exploration – those areas that directly pertain to the participant’s quality of life – include the following: medication management, meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, apartment cleanliness, money management (e.g., budgeting, banking, bill payment), time management, recreational interests and involvement, personal presentation (e.g., hygiene), positive peer group development, relationship building and boundary recognition, appropriate and healthy coping skills, relationship building skills, and community orientation and access.
At the conclusion of the assessment process, a report will be made available to the referral agent with the agency’s recommendations for supported living.
Fill in your referral form online:
You can fill in your referral form online here.
Download our Referral Forms below:
You can print the form, fill it in then mail or fax or you can type onto the form directly from your computer, save it, then email to MelissaFalk@TurningLeafServices.com