Community Transition Program

Pathways to Independence

The Community Transition Program is designed to assist people currently living in nursing homes to re-establish their lives independently in the community.

Persons with disabilities living in nursing homes often face barriers to leaving such as:

  • Isolation from the community
  • Lack of resources to pay rent and the security deposit
  • Inability to purchase other necessary items to create a home
  • Lack of family support
  • Lack of information regarding available options; etc.


IVCIL’s Community Transition Program helps people with disabilities to overcome these barriers and assist them in moving back into their community of choice.

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What can IVCIL do for you?

  • Work with nursing home staff to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Identify and secure community services and resources.

  • Locate and assist with applying for appropriate public or private housing in the community.

  • Provide a Personal Assistant if needed.

Provide financial assistance with:

  • Down payment of rent, utility deposits, and hook-up charges,

  • Furniture, appliances, curtains, dishes, linens, clothing, initial cleaning supplies,

  • An initial stock of food staples, and other necessities that are approved

  • The purchase of equipment or assistive devices, although funding may come from other sources

  • The cost of essential home remodeling for accessibility, although funding may come from other sources.

After the move, IVCIL staff provide follow-up visits on a set schedule to ensure continued success.

Consumer Responsibilities

Be willing to take an active role in the provision of services.

Be willing to participate in a Quality of Life survey over the phone 2-3 times after transition to the community.

Be willing to cooperate with the recommendations of IVCIL and UIC staff.

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