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Structured Family Caregiving

(Formerly known as Adult Foster Care)

Structured Family Caregiving is ideal for people who want to live in a family environment. In this program, an individual with a developmental disability lives with an adult or a family in a home setting. The caregiver, also known as a householder, provides supervision and support to the individual as well as integrating him or her into the family.  They share meals, attend events, and spend time in a family setting.

Structured Family Care homes and caregivers are certified by Easterseals Arc prior to placing an individual in the home. The caregiver and prospective care recipient are given the chance to meet and learn about each other before placement to ensure a successful transition.

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Prospective Care Recipients

If you think Structured Family Caregiving is the right type of support for you or your loved one, please contact Aimee Green, our agency intake and transition specialist, at 260.456.4534 ext. 276 or agreen@esarc.org to discuss your needs and eligibility.

Prospective Caregivers

Being a householder in this program is a significant commitment, but it also brings significant rewards. Caregivers open their homes and hearts to individuals in need of support and share the joys and challenges as those individuals pursue goals and develop their physical, intellectual, and social abilities.

Many of the benefits of being a caregiver are intangible—the emotional rewards of helping another person and developing a personal connection with him or her.  However, Easterseals Arc does provide financial and professional support for the caregiver, including a tax-free stipend, reimbursement for a portion of household expenses, ongoing training, and respite services when you need a break from caregiving.

Householder Responsibilities: The day-to-day responsibilities of a caregiver depend on the needs and interests of the specific individual involved. In general, householders must:

Householder Qualifications: Successful householders must have emotional and mental maturity, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Also, householders must meet the qualifications of our direct support professionals. A householder can be a family member of the individual, but cannot be the individual’s spouse or legal guardian.

Householder Training: The householder will go through a week-long orientation to provide training in essential skills such as CPR, first aid, and medication administration. Ongoing in-service training opportunities are also also offered, and a 24-hour call center is available to answer any question at any time.

For more information on becoming a householder:

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