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Independent Living Services

Independent Living Skills therapist and client at home

Independence means something different to each person

Independence includes having responsibility and control of the choices we make in life.  Courage Center Independent Living Skills (ILS) services strengthen clients’ skills in the areas of managing their own affairs, participating in day-to-day life in the community and making decisions that lead to self-determination.

An ILS specialist meets clients in their homes and/or other locations to provide education, training and support until all goals are met. The time spent with the specialist varies from client to client, and typically decreases as personal goals are achieved. ILS specialists are knowledgeable about a variety of community resources and are experts at teaching clients how to advocate for themselves. Skills addressed may include:

  • Health management
  • Household management and organization
  • Housing resources (See resource link at right.)
  • Interpersonal skills and communication
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking
  • Memory compensation strategies
  • Time management
  • Transportation resources

Various funding sources, including Medical Assistance waivers, AXIS Healthcare, Minnesota Disability Health Options, U Care Complete, Minnesota Senior Health Options, Workers' Compensation and self-pay, are available to pay for ILS services. See the list at right for more information.