Developing community living opportunities for people with disabilities can sometimes be a challenge. There are many individuals who need assistance with daily activities such as transportation and medication management but seek independence in many other areas of their lives. For people who fit into this category, the Shared Living model is an excellent option. Shared Living programs focus on providing people with developmental disabilities a compatible home environment to enrich their lives. Providers welcome adults with developmental disabilities into their homes, lives and families. The ultimate goal is for the individual and provider to establish a mutually supportive relationship.
Caregivers are responsible for providing the participant with a safe and comfortable home, assisting with medical appointments, promoting improvement of daily living skills, developing positive relationships, and fostering community involvement. Ideal candidates for becoming a Shared Living Provider should possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle. Orientation, training, respite care, and a tax-free annual stipend are provided to Shared Living Caregivers.
In the past year alone, the number of individuals participating in Venture’s Shared Living Program has more than doubled, and we are continually working to develop compassionate, caring providers to expand our program even more. We will also continue to identify individuals who are ready to explore a more independent living arrangement.
Currently, Venture has immediate openings for Shared Living Providers in Sturbridge, Brookfield, Palmer, and Ware. If you are interested in becoming a Shared Living Provider, please contact Shannon Guenette at 774-922-1129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.