Community Living Skills and Supports

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (17 Reviews)
DCW Level 1 Fundamentals DCW Level 2 Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Professional
This Module is required within the Principles and Practices of Direct Support Curriculum.

The Community Living Skills and Supports module is a practical series of lessons that show best practice techniques for supporting people. ADLs and IADLS are discussed and practical ways of promoting a person's independence are demonstrated.

DSPs are not maids or butlers, therefore they are not expected to clean and take care of someone's home maintenance. DSPs do however support people in cleaning and maintaining their own homes and included in this lesson are short tutorials of many tasks. Transferring someone in and out of bed, proper use of gait belts and wheelchairs are also demonstrated. This module is a must for anyone supporting people in trying to increase or maintain independence within their own home.

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Introduction to Community Living Skills
2m 10s
Lesson 3
ADLs and IADLs by Chris Garcia
2m 8s
Lesson 4
Promoting Independence with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) by Chris Garcia
2m 55s
Lesson 5
Assisting with the Washer
4m 30s
Lesson 6
Assisting with the Dryer
1m 45s
Lesson 7
Assisting with Hand-Washing dishes
4m 32s
Lesson 8
Assisting with a Dishwasher
2m 41s
Lesson 9
Tips for Stove Top Cooking
2m 11s
Lesson 10
Assisting to clean the Bathroom
1m 53s
Lesson 11
Assisting to Mop the Floor
1m 12s
Lesson 12
Assisting with Cleaning the Refrigerator
1m 22s
Lesson 13
Assisting with Emptying the Trash
1m 40s
Lesson 14
Assisting with Cleaning the Microwave
1m 19s
Lesson 15
Microwave Cooking
1m 31s
Lesson 16
Cleaning Solutions
2m 50s
Lesson 17
Disposable Briefs
3m 8s
Lesson 18
Intro to Gait Belts
4m 6s
Lesson 19
Chair to Bed Transfer with Gait Belt
1m 39s
Lesson 20
Bed to Chair Transfer with Gait Belt
Lesson 21
Chair to Bed Pivot Transfer
Lesson 22
Bed to Walker Transition
1m 20s
Lesson 23
Reposition Someone in Their Bed
5m 42s
Lesson 24
Possible Issues when assisting in the restroom by Chris Garcia
8m 2s
Lesson 25
Repositioning Someone in Their Wheelchair
Lesson 26
Assisting Someone to Sit Up in Bed
1m 55s
Lesson 27
Putting on Shirt While Laying Down
1m 44s
Lesson 28
Assisting Someone with Dressing
1m 3s
Lesson 29
Assisting Someone Brush Their Teeth
4m 11s
Lesson 30
Washing the Perineal Area
3m 18s
Lesson 31
Washing a Person's Backside
1m 18s
Lesson 32
Pushing Someone in a Wheelchair Downhill Safely
Lesson 33
Assisting Someone in a Wheelchair Safely down a Curb
Lesson 34
Assistance with Ambulation
6m 58s
Lesson 35
Assistance with Mealtime by Chris Garcia
1m 18s
Lesson 36
Fading Mealtime Assistance by Tom Pomeranz Ed. D
9m 55s
Lesson 37
Task Completion: Choice or Requirement? by Chris Garcia
6m 44s
Lesson 38
Proper Body Mechanics
2m 48s
Lesson 39
Assistive Technology by Jill Pleasant MA, OTR/L and Heidi Lervik
14m 5s


Chris Garcia
Senior Instructor at Practical Training Solutions and AZ DDD Lead Instructor - Chandler Arizona
Tom Pomeranz, Ed.D
Trainer, Coach, Speaker - Indianapolis, Indiana
Estela Hunt
Instructor - Tempe
Jill Pleasant, MA, OTR/L
Program Director - Arizona Assistive Technology Access Program - Phoenix AZ
Heidi Lervik
Assistive Technology Specialist - Phoenix AZ


Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (17 Reviews)
Jasyn C
Rating: 5 out of 5
Aug 27, 2023
Diana H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Community Living Skills and Supports
Aug 17, 2023
Very informative class learned a lot
Ali M
Rating: 5 out of 5
All titles
Jul 28, 2023
Joan W
Rating: 5 out of 5
Oct 28, 2022
Excellent information and very well presented!
lily V
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sep 5, 2022
Is very informative, I learned a lots
Peggy S T
Rating: 5 out of 5
Assistive TechKnowledge
Jun 28, 2022
Many helpful ideas and techniques for support
Anne K
Rating: 5 out of 5
Good but needs editing
Mar 4, 2022
I watched this series and while the information is good and well-presented, it is riddled with errors in spelling and punctuation; even in the short quizzes.
Evelynn R
Rating: 5 out of 5
Community Living Skills and Supports
Oct 21, 2021
Very good information to know for your clients
Marthe G
Rating: 5 out of 5
Community living skills and supports
Sep 12, 2021
Hi this is very helpful thank you for the opportunity.
Paullette M
Rating: 5 out of 5
Community Living skills and support
Sep 8, 2021
I enjoyed this course
Linda T
Rating: 5 out of 5
community living
Dec 22, 2020
Life is all about removing the obstacles.
Norma H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Community Living Skills and Supports
Nov 16, 2020
I really enjoyed the refresher course. The tips were very helpful and insightful.
Isabel A
Rating: 5 out of 5
skills and support
Oct 10, 2020
Mark B
Rating: 5 out of 5
Aug 12, 2020
Vital for DSPs to know and practice
Shelly V
Rating: 2 out of 5
Home Based Support Provider
Mar 12, 2019
While I appreciate the valuable information in this course, there were many errors in execution that made it difficult to progress through. There were multiple typos. There were a couple of instances of content repeated verbatim over two different sub topics. At times the person in the video would mention something that they had already told the viewers when indeed that content appeared later in the course and at that point it had never been mentioned before - indicating perhaps the order of the subtopics was changed without thought to those comments. Several times the question asked at the end of the sub topic video was never mentioned in the video so I was just taking my best guess and actually missed one question. I was then directed to view the video again where I could confirm that the answer to that question had not been stated in the video. (The question was asking if someone you just assisted to stand up should be asked if they felt dizzy. My initial thought was no, you would not want to suggest that because it might actually trigger dizziness they may not have had otherwise but this was wrong. The lady modeling the procedure did not mention anything about dizziness - just said the client had balance and stability issues.) The content of this course is varied and hugely important to the DSP job which makes it important to be sure it is presented in a way that is straightforward, properly executed, and easy to follow.
Amanda G
Rating: 4 out of 5
Feb 20, 2019
I like the last section with the assisted devices. Pretty cool!
Susan B
Rating: 4 out of 5
Community Living Skills and Supports
Feb 16, 2019
Excellent information and relevant application.