Shared Living is a residential support in which an individual with developmental and intellectual disabilities resides with another, non-disabled person or host family. Efforts are made to match an individual with an optimal living situation that offers an appropriate level of support and supervision as well as oversight, training and assistance by the provider agency.
Individuals will live in a qualified setting with trained, paid independent contractors or Care Providers. Care Providers will receive a tax-free stipend to provide daily support with personal care needs in a family setting rather than a residential or congregate care facility. Care Providers are required to provide meals, companionship, personal care assistance and 24-hour supervision. Host families may be individuals, couples or families.
Shared Living program strives to:
Provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live in a family environment in the community where the individual can feel secure and be part of a household.
Provide the individual the opportunity/support to develop a relationship with their housemate based on mutual respect, trust, and dignity.
Focus on community participation, relationship-building, choice decision-making and skill building while providing assistance with daily tasks.
Match the individual based on similar interests and lifestyles.
To be eligible for Shared Living, an individual must:
MCS Staff includes a multidisciplinary team of RN’s, Case Managers and Clinicians. Home visits are conducted monthly (at a minimum) and as frequently as needed.
DDS payment rates are determined by Massachusetts state regulation and will be provided during the matching process. Payment to Shared Living Providers will begin on the first day in which Shared Living services are provided to the individual by an approved Care Provider.
Shared Living Care Providers welcome these adults into their lives and their hearts. Shared Living Care Provider roles are that of a caregiver, mentor, advocate and friend, fostering the individual’s independence through skills training, decision making and community integration.
Shared Living Care Providers gain the satisfaction of knowing they are helping someone develop the tools to live a meaningful and satisfying life.
Shared living Care Providers receive ongoing training, 24 hours response and support, and a stipend.
Care Providers must;
Care Providers are contracted to provide the following;
Additional funds, as determined by the individual’s available funds and/or representative payee, will be dispersed for spending outside of the items mentioned.
Performance Evaluation Policy: