Frequently Asked Questions about Independent Living Housing

1. What is an Independent Living?
2. Who lives in Independent Livings?
3. How are Independent Livings funded?
4. Are Independent Livings licensed?
5. Why do we need Independent Livings in San Diego?

1. What is an Independent Living?

An Independent Living is a privately owned home or complex that provides housing for adults with mental illness or those that may benefit from a shared housing environment.

2. Who lives in Independent Livings?

Independent Livings serve residents that benefit from shared housing, that do not need medication oversight and are able to live independently. Many Independent Livings offer housing for people recovering from mental illness, or those that may benefit from the structure and fellowship of a shared housing environment.

Independent Livings are not able to accept or retain residents who demonstrate the need for care and supervision, including residents that need assistance with:

  • activities of daily living including dressing, grooming, mobility (e.g. wheelchair bound needed assistance with mobility or transfers in/out of bed), bathing and hygiene
  • managing medication or assistance with prescriptions or pharmacies
  • storing medications
  • arranging medical and dental care
  • monitoring food intake or special diets
  • handling resident's monies

For more information, please reference the State of California's Community Care Licensing's When A License is Needed Guidelines: Click here for PDF.

3. How are Independent Livings funded?

Independent Livings are private homes or complexes; they are not licensed and do not receive public funding. Similar to apartment homes, residents sign rental agreements and pay monthly rent.

4. Are Independent Livings licensed?

No, Independent Livings do not provide services to residents and do not require a license to operate.

Please note, there are several types of facilities that do offer services to residents, including Adult Residential Care Facilities, also known as Board and Cares, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Residential Care for the Elderly. These facilities require a license issued through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing (CCL) Program in the State of California.

5. Why do we need Independent Livings in San Diego?

Independent Livings provide an invaluable service to the community by providing housing options for people with mental illness that fit their level of independence. Access to quality housing is one of the most effective ways to encourage recovery and help those that suffer from mental illness live a full and meaningful life.

Independent Livings also provide several benefits to the community, including decreased use of public services, homelessness and increased public safety. Providing stable and supportive housing is one of the most effective ways to decrease over utilization of emergency departments and hospital recidivism rates, resulting in decreased use of emergency medical services and significant savings in tax dollars.

 

 

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