Assistance Family Living
Host Family/Shared Living Services assist a person served to find a shared living situation in which he/she is a valued person in the home and has supports as desired to be a participating member of the community. An organization may call these services a variety of names, such as host family services, shared living services or supports, alternative family living, structured family caregiving, family care, or home share.
Getting the person in the right match is a critical component to successful host family/shared living services. The organization begins by exploring with the person served what constitutes quality of life for him/her and identifies applicant providers who are a potential match with the person’s identified criteria. The person served makes the final decision of selecting his or her host family/shared living provider.
Safety, responsibility, and respect between or among all people in the home are guiding principles in these services. Persons are supported to have meaningful reciprocal relationships both within the home, where they contribute to decision making and the community. The service provider helps the person served to develop natural supports and strengthen existing networks. Relationships with the family of origin or extended family are maintained as desired by the person served. The provider supports the emotional, physical, and personal well- being of the person.
Persons develop their personal lifestyle and modify the level of support over time if they so choose. The provider encourages and supports the person served to make his/her own decisions and choices. The host family/shared living provider does not necessarily have to be a family, as it could be an individual supporting the person. In this program description and these standards, the provider refers to the individual(s) supporting the person served. Although the “home” is generally the provider’s home or residence, it may also be the home of the person served.