Programs & Services
The goal of our four Assisted Independent Living Homes is to provide a structured, supportive environment that allows each resident to reach his or her full potential. The services provided are comprehensive, and include daily case management and medication monitoring, intensive group therapy, weekly individual psychotherapy, daily exercise, stress management classes, recreational outings and socialization activities, and independent living skills training in the areas of cooking, menu planning, grocery shopping, budgeting, medication management, and self-care.
Two levels of care are offered to clients, depending on their needs. Our Novato home has a higher staff to client ratio, and is structured to assist residents who need a fairly high level of support. When ready, residents may graduate to a more independent level of care in one of our San Rafael homes, still with daily support, but with more autonomy. All residents receive the same services regardless of where they reside within the Elpida community. Different pricing structures exist for the different levels of care (call for current rates).
Residents are asked to commit to a minimum stay of six months, although many choose to stay beyond this time frame.
Case Management Services
Elpida Residential Programs provides in-home case management to adults who live in their own housing in the community. This is tailored to the needs of the individual, and may include welfare checks up to three times per week, assistance with shopping, medication management, transportation to appointments, or other such activities. A relationship is formed with one Case Manager who goes to the client’s home on a pre-determined schedule, which helps to foster a trusting working alliance.
When residents graduate from one of Elpida’s Assisted Independent Living Homes, they are offered case management services to assist with the transition to independent living in the community. This is an important after-care service in the journey toward independence. This service is available at a reduced rate for Elpida graduates (call for current rate).
A primary focus of Elpida Residential Programs is in the development of strong independent living skills. Staff members work daily with residents in the homes, which allows a thorough assessment of clients’ executive functioning. We look at the areas of time management, organization, hygiene, ability to follow through on projects, ability to use public transportation, cooking, budgeting, shopping, and overall self-care. We strongly believe that everyone can learn these skills, and have witnessed the blossoming of greater self-confidence once these skills have been developed.
Elpida Residential Programs also hosts an Independent Living Skills Class on Friday afternoons, 1:30-3:PM. This is a community service open to anyone who identifies as have a mental health problem, and is offered free of charge. To register, please call Laura McCormick, 415-499-8613, ext. 2.
Each resident in the program is expected to do something meaningful in the community for at least two days per week. Research repeatedly finds that persons who feel they are contributing something to society have higher levels of self-worth and well-being. This is especially true for persons with mental illness, who contend with the burden of feeling stigma, which frequently leaves them feeling unaccepted by society. The added value of earning a paycheck is a highly rewarding experience for someone with an illness that interferes with vocational success.
Many of our residents begin their vocational journey with volunteer work or job coaching, so that current skills can be assessed and areas needing development can be identified. Some work with their Care Manager to return to college or another form of vocational preparation. In all cases, the residents’ interests and aptitude are taken into account, with staff providing genuine feedback and guidance to optimize the opportunities for success.
A primary focus of Elpida Residential Programs is to assist clients in developing the skills necessary to live a more meaningful, satisfying life. We believe strongly that persons with mental illness can achieve this if an investment is made in understanding the reasons for past problems (repeated hospitalizations, for example), and by then developing a road map for greater success in the future. Research consistently shows that this is most likely achieved through a combination of specific types of psychotherapy and medication. The staff members of Elpida Residential Programs continually strive to integrate current research on the treatment of mental illness into the various therapeutic aspects of its programs.
All of our residents come together three days per week for intensive group therapy led by our professional staff. In addition to the therapeutic benefits gained by this, the residents also enjoy socialization and a sense of community by getting to know residents in other homes. Our current groups include Symptom Management, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Life Skills. Additionally, residents participate in Stress Management Groups in their homes two days per week.
Each resident is assigned an individual Psychotherapist when they enter the program. The Psychotherapists meet with each resident weekly and develop a trusting relationship that fosters growth and promotes change over time.
Our holistic approach encourages all residents to be physically active, as mental health is clearly linked to physical well-being. To support physical activity, staff members lead a 45-minute morning exercise group Monday through Friday.