The focus of Semi Independent Living is to support individuals who live on their own or have a desire to live on their own. Areas of support include all aspects of life skills required to live independently.
Services are provided within the person's home, and in the community. The model of service includes one-to-one support and group learning opportunities, depending upon the participant's skills and learning styles. Hours and duration of services are determined by needs and availability.
AREAS OF SUPPORT INCLUDE
Meal Planning and Preparation
Home Maintenance Skills
Liaison with Agencies and Community Services
Empowerment of Individuals through Knowledge of Rights and Responsibilities
We Cook is a popular program for people who live on their own. Groups consist of 3-6 members and meet one day per week from 3:00-7:00 pm.
We Cook teaches basic food preparation skills, with an emphasis on Food Safe practices and how to work within a budget. They also work on recipe reading, healthy food choices, and appropriate portion size. Everyone is expected to participate as much as possible with the shopping, recipe selection, meal preparation, cooking and clean up. Each group prepares five meals; meals are then packaged and sent home with participants to be frozen and enjoyed through the week.
When asked why they enjoy attending We Cook, people said:
I enjoy learning new recipes
It is good to gain kitchen experience and skills
I like making my own meals, especially the homemade soup!
I am now able to make stir fry at home
The Whole Living group meets every second Thursday from 12:30-2:30 pm. This is a drop-in program with a "round table discussion" format that covers a wide variety of topics including:
How our body works
Dealing with change
People attending Whole Living shared the following thoughts:
I enjoy Whole Living because I have learned how my body works. I recently had surgery that made me have to change the way I live and eat. Whole Living helped me understand some of the reasons why and the group is interested so I can talk about the surgery without feeling uncomfortable.
I like how we can get together to problem solve and support each other with our health issues and questions. I feel a lot of moral support from the other people in the group. It has helped me understand how different things like diet and stress can affect you. I have lost weight since I started because I think I make better choices about nutrition and portion control
I come to Whole Living to learn more about my body and how to keep it healthy. I have learned how to choose foods that are better for me. I also have met new people and made some new friends. During a medical emergency, I also had an opportunity to use some relaxation breathing skills that we had learned at a Whole Living group.