It is a goal for everyone to live independently and wherever possible for people with LD to have their own home whether within a group house or on their own in the community.
Halliday James' i-Cue Dynamic Support Environment provides a firm basis for independence. It monitors activity and can provide feedback to the occupant to help them stay safe and secure. It can give contextual prompting so that, for example, someone is going to the front door may be reminded to take their keys with them and lock up. However, if they are going to the door to answer the doorbell it may be more appropriate to advise them not to answer the door to strangers and show them a picture of who is there. If necessary an automatic phone call can be made to let someone speak to the visitor before they are admitted.
More than that it can help support workers and providers. By monitoring and analysing activity it can decide if a situation needs intervention and by providing easy communication between the resident and a support worker, situations can often be resolved without the need for a visit.
i-Cue can also provide reassurance for parents during transition to independent living. With the resident's permission they can check whether they are at home or whether they have visitors and whether the pattern of daily living is disturbed.
For our user, to do simple tasks around the house used to mean high levels of supervision, however, using AbleLink cognitive support software, they have the potential to do much more for themselves.
The Scheduler can provide visual and spoken reminders of events and AbleLink task prompting programs give audio/visual step by step instructions on how to do tasks around the house, to make a simple meal for example. Research has shown that if instructions are repetitive and consistent then learning is maximised which is the case with software task prompting.