The philosophy of Shared Living is simple - people do best when they live in homes that are designed with their unique interests and support needs in mind. The goal of Shared Living is that people have the opportunity to develop strong, supportive and lasting relationships with those who provide their needed daily assistance.
Home means something different to each of us. Many people prefer the lifestyle, relationships and family atmosphere offered by shared living to that of a group residence or independent/supported living. A Shared Living program provides people with the opportunity to decide what home really means to them.
Shared living describes a home in which a person with disabilities lives with a non-disabled person (or family) who has accepted contractual responsibility for the well-being of the person.
Within this model, COF has primary contractual responsibility for the well-being of the person with disabilities and seeks a sub-contractor to provide housing, supervision, meals, and related supports. Many individuals who grew up in an institution, having never experienced family living, appreciate shared living, after having lived for a period in a COF-supported group home.
Benefits of Shared Living
For the Contractor
- Service compensation is tax free income. Rent and Food expense billed to individual is taxable
- Self- Worth – helping somebody be independent
- Work from home
- Working your own hours as spelled out by needs of Shared Living client
- Utilizing empty space in your home as an income generator
- To have or develop a relationship with the person who will be living in their home
- Have great and beneficial partnership with COF with professional expertise and experience along with strong knowledge and resources for utilization
For the Individual
- Inclusion into a family setting
- Less community segregation by being included in family activities in the community
- Personalized care/ individual interactions
- Real life teaching on social interactions
- Increased community integration through social groups.
For Guardians and Concerned Family members
- Personalized care for family member
- Community Integration in a regular and normalized way
- Less restrictive environment
- Family-like setting for social teaching
- Could increase happiness of the ward if placement works well
- Care attendant would be more consistent with live in staff
- Consistent care
Shared Living Contractor Form
Qualifications to be a shared Living Contractor
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a bedroom that can be used without sharing with others.
- Submit to criminal background checks and driving record checks
- Willingness to independently contract with licensed provider and remain in compliance with all contractual requirements throughout extent of their contract
- Participate in a Home Visit with all persons living in the home.
- Successful completion of extensive pre-placement training that meets state requirements
- Participate in on-going training such as CPR/First Aid, Service training etc.
- Willingness to meet minimum outcomes in their home