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Stepping Stones


Tim Pagani

Independent Living Skills Trainer


(312) 640-2110

Stepping Stones is a program for nursing home residents who want to develop independent living skills

Stepping Stones participants:

  • Meet and interact with other nursing facility residents.
  • Learn about community resources and about living independently in their own home.
  • Earn a small stipend for completion of the Stepping Stones program.

To learn about how to join a future Stepping Stones group, contact Tim Pagani at tpagani@accessliving.org or (312) 640-2110.

Stepping Stones Session Curriculum

Stepping Stones meets once a week for six weeks. Each session is two hours long. Topics covered include:

An Access Living instructor teaches nursing home residents about independent living skills.
Access Living staff work to make sure disabled people who want to transition out of a nursing home have the skills to do so. These skills include budgeting and money management.
  • Week 1: Independent living and disability rights
  • Week 2: Social support – communication
  • Week 3: Introduction to technology
  • Week 4: Housing & healthcare
  • Week 5: Income, transportation, & money management
  • Week 6: Healthy living