Community Integrated Living Arrangements

A Place to Call Home 

“This is your home”, is the philosophy of Community Link’s residential programs. Through eight Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs), which are small group homes providing 24 hour supports, Community Link assists participants to enjoy their home, be responsible for routine, daily care and to engage in their community through typical activities and becoming members of organizations or clubs. The homes are located in Aviston, Breese, Carlyle, Germantown,  Highland and Trenton. Each home has four to eight participants and the homes are located in neighborhoods close to community resources and activities.

Staff provides assistance and support for each person based upon their unique set of needs and their personal desires. All persons are encouraged to participate in the daily activities of living in their own home including responsibility for room care, personal possessions, sharing of household chores, and assisting with meals. Individualized assistance also is given for medication and financial management.

While Community Link supports each participant to make choices regarding their desired lifestyle and personal goals, safety for the participants is still a priority. Community Link provides a nurse consultant for medical oversight and to ensure staff is properly trained in medication administration. Staff is also certified in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as the Mandt System which emphasizes the development of relationships and understanding between the participants and the support staff. 

Community Link’s homes are inspected by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and quarterly by Community Link’s Safety Committee. All staff and participants practice safety drills each month. In addition to training, staff is subject to drug testing and criminal background checks. The program is surveyed by the Department of Human Services and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to ensure compliance and quality standards are met.

Participants must by 18 years of age or older, and approved for the program by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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