Natural supports are typically people in your life who are not in a paid role. This may include family and non-family, such as friends, romantic partners, church members, neighbors and other resources in your community. Your care team will work with you to develop and expand your natural support system.
Natural supports can help you be more involved in your community, lead to lasting friendships and help you build a strong community network and support system.
Some ways to build natural supports include:
- Participating in community activities and projects such as helping to collect recyclables on a “Clean City Day”
- Joining clubs and groups such as participating in Special Olympics or joining groups like boy scouts or girl scouts
- Socializing with family members and friends
- Exploring work opportunities
- Attending church and faith-based activities outside of traditional worship services
- Volunteering at a food pantry or other community agency
To learn more about natural supports, talk to your care manager or call our Member and Recipient Services Line at 1-888-235-4673.