Transition as it relates to Independent Living has 2 components. The first component is deinstitutionalization. PILR staff can assist people who are living in nursing facilities or other institutions to find and obtain the services and supports they need to live in the community of their choice. Some examples of this might be assisting a consumer to find accessible housing or helping them to navigate through applying for a program like Money Follows The Person (MFP). We can also assist people who may be in fear of being forced to move to a nursing facility or other institution because of health concerns to remain living in their home. We assist them to locate formal and informal supports. Some examples of this might be helping them get signed up to receive meals if they can no longer cook, or assisting them to find someone to help with cleaning or tasks of daily living.
The second component of transition is related to youth. PILR staff can assist youth who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) as they transition from high school to post-secondary life. Some examples of this might be assisting students to learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting or helping them to navigate college enrollment and the paperwork that goes along with that. In addition, PILR has several transition age youth programs that empower youth to become active contributing citizens in their communities.