A Home in the Community

Avenues to independence provides opportunities for people with disabilities to experience independence by living and participating in their community. We support community living in apartments, townhomes, and single family homes where our residents can experience everyday life in their community and be part of a neighborhood. Our residents are given opportunities to lead the lives they choose.

They receive training in the areas of cooking, housekeeping, budgeting, transportation and other daily living skills that are essential for independent living. These and other decision making skills are carried out by each individual to the best of their capabilities, and as independently as possible.

Staff provides support depending upon the specific needs of each resident. Some require round-the-clock care, while others might only need a short, daily check-in. All staff members go through extensive training mandated by the Illinois Department of Human Services. in addition, staff members receive ongoing training in areas such as safety, first aid, abuse and neglect, behavior management, CPR and other pertinent needs.

Residential & Group Homes

Avenues operates residential homes and apartments throughout Des Plaines, Niles, and Park Ridge. For information on all Avenues residential programs please contact our Admissions departments at 847-541-5250 ext. 108 or email admissions@avenuestoindependence.org.

Our Community Living Facility (CLF) offers adults an opportunity for semi-independent living with staff members on the premises 24 hours a day to assist and train individuals in various daily living skills.

The Independent Living Arrangement (ILA) program offers more customized support services including skills training, personal assistance and employment related services. All services are designed to meet each individual's needs, preferences, and strengths regardless of abiliites. All of the CILA programs at Avenues provide 24 hour staff on premises support.

Professional Support Services

Based on the needs of each person served, the residential programs will provide, arrange, or refer the individual for support or training in the following areas:

  • Basic academic skills
  • Basic self-care
  • Communication skills
  • Consumer affairs
  • Contingency planning, problem solving and decision making
  • Financial management
  • Health maintenance
  • Housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Human sexuality
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Management of personal and legal affairs
  • Menu planning and meal preparation
  • Mobility and community transportation skills
  • Recreational and leisure time activities
  • Safety practices including dealing with injuries and life threatening emergencies
  • Self advocacy and assertiveness training
  • Telephone usage
  • Utilization of community services and resources
  • Work attitudes and skill exploration
  • Life issues and transitions

The skill areas are taught through goals or classes with various program staff. Daily activities reflect the needs and choices of the persons serviced.

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