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What is Shared Living?

Shared living is an arrangement of services provided in the private home of a participant, or a family, in which care is provided to a participant. Shared Living is meant to provide a more person centered approach to supports that are offered to a participant where the participant and the shared living provider share a life. 

Shared living is really built on the foundation of life sharing, developing natural supports, and being an active member of the community. The host home provider/companion  shall provide services, including assistance, support, and guidance, in life domain areas such as daily living, safety and security, community living, healthy lifestyle, social and spirituality, and citizenship and advocacy.

Shared living can take several different forms from the participant living in the home of the host home provider to a companion living in the home of the participant to provide support. Companions and host home providers can be college students, families, single people, couples, empty nesters. The shared living provider can be anyone over the age of 21 who wants to share a life and provide supports to an individual with a disability. A shared living provider can support up to two participants at any given time.

Shared living is an option for  any  person with a disability who is interested in this type of living environment and  is eligible for  services  in a HCBS waiver though the  Department of Human Services.  When considering  shared living the participant and their  ISP team should discuss what a good life for the participant looks like, what they don’t want, their support needs, current and needed life experiences. This is a great opportunity for the team to use the Life trajectory Worksheet found at Lifecoursetools.com

 

Benefits of Shared Living

Provider agencies can reduce their overhead but not needing to provide a location for residential services to be provided.

 

Community Support Providers Offering Shared Living

RHD-SD Shared Living
705 E 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(O): 605-377-6490

 

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