Shared living (also known as Structured Family Caregiving) is a model of supported living in which a trained caregiver welcomes individuals with disabilities to live in their home and integrates them into their family life.
In comparing shared living to other programs or providers, here are some things to consider:
Shared living is ideal for people who want to live in a family environment. 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.
Homes and caregivers are certified by Easterseals Arc prior to placing an individual in the home.
The caregiver and prospective care recipient meet and learn about each other before placement to ensure a successful transition.
All householders receive extensive training and 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.
Compared to other supported living settings with different staff taking various shifts, the householder can develop a deeper relationship with the individuals they support. This consistent level of care can help prevent or resolve concerns such as health issues or behavior changes.
Householder Responsibilities: Householders must:
Respond to the needs of the adult entrusted to their care
Collaborate with the case manager, family, physician, Easterseals Arc caseworker, and any others involved in the individual’s support team
Help the individual stay active and engaged in social and community activities
Record daily notes regarding the individual’s progress toward goals
Attend client team meetings quarterly or as needed
Medical Care: Householders are CPR-certified and trained on first aid and dispensing medication. They also are trained on each individual’s specific information.
Accreditation: Shared living is a CARF-accredited program.