How is a match made between an individual interested in Shared Living and the Shared Living Provider?
Finding the right match is the key to a successful Shared Living arrangement. Therefore, there are many steps taken to insure that an appropriate match is made. All potential Shared Living providers participate in a home study that is designed to assess their motivation in becoming a Shared Living Provider, family dynamics, personal interests at home and in the community, likes and dislikes, etc. This information is then considered in relation to the individual seeking to live in a Shared Living arrangement. Prior to any introductions, family members/guardians will have the opportunity to meet a potential Shared Living provider and visit the home. If there seems to be a potential match, the individual requiring support and the Shared Living Provider will begin spending time together. This is an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other. Visits can be scheduled in the home, community, and will include overnight visits when indicated. These visits will allow the individual seeking a Shared Living arrangement and the potential Shared Living Provider to make an informed decision about living together. If everyone involved believes the match is a good one, then a detail transition plan will be developed.
Who will monitor the Shared Living arrangement and make sure that my family member will be safe?
An agency representative will visit the Shared Living arrangement at least once monthly. There will be more frequent visits to the home during the initial transition. Each individual in Shared Living has a placement coordinator who will be responsible for monitoring the home. The placement coordinator works directly with the Shared Living Provider to make sure the home is clean and safe, that the individual receiving support is happy in the home, and that the individual has everything they need for a meaningful life at home and in the community. In addition, the placement coordinator will communicate with all the people involved in an individual’s life (family, day program, DDS, Doctors, etc.) to be certain that they are receiving optimal services.
How will I receive information about my family member?
You will be able to communicate directly with the Shared Living Provider. Most families have found that it is helpful to be able to communicate with one person who has a direct knowledge of their family member’s well being. You are encouraged to visit the home and talk with the Provider. You will also communicate with an agency representative responsible for monitoring the Shared Living Arrangement. In most circumstances, family members find it easier to be involved in a person’s live when they live in a Shared Living arrangement.
What happens if this arrangement doesn’t work out?
If, for whatever reason, a Shared Living arrangement does not work out the individual will continue receive residential services. We will work with the individual through this transition with as little disruption to their life as possible. They will not lose their funding. We will work diligently to find a new home that will meet their daily support needs.