Independent Living Skills (ILS)

The Independent Living Skills (ILS) program is designed to help people with disabilities in learning new and healthy independent living skills.  Our staff works directly with the client to teach these new skills with hands-on instruction.  Together they write an independent living plan to meet individual needs, such as self-esteem, cooking, financial management, obtaining housing and transportation, and much more.

Independent Living Skills Assessment

OCS recognizes that clients have a variety of IL needs as well as differing abilities and barriers that may keep them from living as independently as possible.  Together with the client’s CADI Case Manager we will come up with CSSP.  This evaluation tool is comprehensive, asset-based, and aims to highlight the client’s strengths and abilities.  The assessment is based on client accomplishment of tasks through direct and indirect observation, self-assessment, and interviews.  The following categories are included on the assessment:

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Dressing and Clothing Care
  • Health Care
  • Cooking, Eating, Nutrition
  • Home Management and Home Safety
  • Financial Management
  • Personal Growth, Awareness, and Problem Solving
  • Community Access

Upon completion of the assessment, a thorough summary of the evaluation and recommendations are provided.  The assessment is used only as a guide and may be altered depending on the individual needs of the client