In Florida, "supported living is an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to choose where, how and with whom they live. People receive personalized supports needed to maintain their own private home."
What are Some of the Responsibilities of a Supported Living Coach?
- Teaches new skills
- Assists with tasks and does things with or for the person
- Coordinates community resources and natural supports
Supported living coaches must also provide emergency response 24 hours a day/7 days a week." http://tinyurl.com/ogzdcux
Based on our experiences, if you can find a supported living coach to interview, we suggest asking the following questions:
Do you know the difference between an orange and a grapefruit?
If grocery items are "buy one get one free", who gets the free one?
Can the individual drive in your car?
Do you know that the landlord doesn't send a monthly bill for the rent to be paid?
Do you work weekends?
When going grocery shopping, can you go with the individual without an entourage (behavior assistant, in-home support staff)?
Are you planning on getting arrested for drug possession at midnight with your 3-year-old alone in the car?
Are you planning on going away for a month and quitting the job when you return?
Please read between the lines to understand why we suggest asking these questions!
Keeping it real,