Supported Living Services

Lifeworks’ Supported Living Services offer residents comfortable, secure home settings and essential clinical services that promote independence, self-direction, community-inclusion, safety, ongoing skill development, interpersonal connectivity, and an overall high-quality of life. From the model of clinical care, to the college-degreed staff, to the beautiful homes embedded in the charming east side Cleveland suburbs of Shaker Heights and University Heights, Lifeworks Supported Living is unlike almost anything else that can be found in the field of adult autism services.

Program Features

At Lifeworks, we believe proper service and support for individuals with autism begins with proper assessment. Staff begin the pre-planning process well in advance of a resident’s arrival; then starting on day one, the Lifeworks team commences a 30-day appraisal of each client.

While he or she acclimates to the new surroundings, adjusts to new faces and becomes familiar with new routines, the team gathers baseline information. A board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) or a professional under the supervision of a BCBA performs objective, individualized assessments in order to develop appropriate service goals.

When assessments are complete, a comprehensive, individualized service plan (ISP) is then prepared for each resident in close collaboration with the client and his or her family. This plan outlines all of the priority areas for skill development and establishes personalized goals.

Our highly qualified staff implement the prescribed supports and interventions, which are based on the individual’s strengths, deficits, preferences, dislikes, supports, diagnoses and medications. If necessary, the plan also outlines recommended approaches for staff members to address challenging behaviors.

The ISP is a fluid document, thus, clients’ progress is continually monitored and pertinent data are collected on an ongoing basis so that necessary adjustments can be made in the treatment plan. Regular team meetings, as well as individual and group supervision, ensure consistency in approach and communication among the staff so that clients receive the precise treatment and support they need at all times. If the resident also attends the Monarch Adult Autism Program (MAAP) for day services, the ISP is developed in full collaboration with his or her team to further optimize outcomes. 

Lifeworks residential settings include neighborhood group homes, as well as dormitory-style suites, complete with teaching kitchens and a range of supported social activities. Residences are within walking distance of many restaurants, groceries, shops, parks and collegiate sporting events.

And just minutes away by car, Cleveland’s cultural and recreational destinations provide numerous opportunities for community involvement, including museums, community centers, libraries, Metroparks, theaters and more.

Staff frequently take small groups of residents on outings to enhance their social experiences and practice adaptive daily living skills. Many local establishments have become longtime favorites and welcome our clients on a regular basis.

Lifeworks Supported Living Homes provide residents structured blocks of time, within their standard daily schedules, to hone and develop their functional skills of daily living.  Beyond the world of work, many individuals with severe symptoms of ASD require continued training and support into their adult years, in order to achieve greater independence in the management of their own self-care, money, hygiene, meal preparation, household chores, and consumer skills. 

All Lifeworks Supported Living residents receive high-fidelity case management to ensure that communication and collaboration between stakeholders is strong. Of particular importance to resident outcomes is the coordination of healthcare services.  A team of licensed nurses and Master’s-level clinicians oversee the coordination of residents’ integrated physical and behavioral healthcare services. 

Additional Information

Supported Living Services at Lifeworks are provided by Bachelor’s and Master’s level professionals. All clinical oversight and coordination is performed by licensed and certified staff members in accordance with best-practice standards and state regulations.

If you are seeking Lifeworks Supported Living Services and have questions that extend beyond the information offered on our website, please visit the Contact Us page, complete the required fields, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Otherwise, contact our Intake Department at 216-320-8623.

For more information, please contact intakeinquiries@lifeworksautism.org.