“I’m Still Me: The Lived Experiences of Residents in Designated Supportive Living” document is the first report of its kind to be released in Alberta.
This report contains details of an HQCA pilot project conducted in 2017 involving interviews with a small sample of residents in designated supportive living.
The purpose was to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences. Specifically, this report identifies, from residents’ perspectives, themes of what is working well and what could be done to improve residents’ experiences in designated supportive living.
The report title, “I’m Still Me”, illustrates what we heard: residents shared that their rich life experiences, their sense of self, and their expectations, don’t change even as they transition into a designated supportive living environment. In fact, the most positive experiences in supportive living were created when residents felt their personal interests, lifestyles, and expectations were preserved.
This report is shaped by this key insight, and the paths to best experiences highlighted within it show the key elements that help to make these environments possible.