Where the family home environment is not possible or available, the Residential Services enable persons with disability to live as independently as possible in the community. Such residential support is provided within small and personalised apartments and houses, which may be residences of the Agency, the home of the individual with disability, or at another location acceptable to all parties, but in the area of operation of Aġenzija Sapport. Residents will gain skills in community living through individualised support plans. It is therefore assumed that a client must be under the Person-Centred Support Plan to determine the need and advisability of modification in the manner the client is supported.
Clients who require one-to-one attention are classified as requiring support that is either basic, intermediate or intensive. The residents are supported in activities of daily living, skills-teaching, and community inclusion as set out in the clients' Individual Support Plans. Relationships are valued and therefore clients are supported to maintain or build effective relationships with family members, friends and significant others.
The housing models adopted were based on anticipated client needs and the available resources. At present the Agency is providing Residential Services in five localities as follows:
Housing Authority apartment in Fgura;
Housing Authority apartment in Kirkop;
Villino Maria, a purposely built (government owned) bungalow in Mtarfa;
Vajrita in Marsascala comprising of twelve flatlets;
Dar Andrew, a Housing Authority townhouse in Cospicua;
The Agency also administers the provision of residential placements in Dar l-Arka, in Għajnsielem (Gozo), Dar Pirotta in Birkirkara, and Dar il-Wens in Kalkara and Għajn Dwieli.
Aġenzija Sapport recognises the fact that people with disability might find change difficult. Thus during the initial weeks a new client may often regress, demonstrating either a deterioration or absence of previously learned skills and/or an increased incidence of acting-out behaviours or self-injury. Therefore, the Agency provides transitional programmes for all the new residential clients to gradually prepare themselves to adapt to the new environment and meet the other residents and staff members.