Shared Living is exactly that: people sharing their lives by living together under the same roof. Shared Living is highly personalized and offers people with disabilities a great opportunity to choose the person(s) with whom they will live and have a lot of control over their day-to-day lives.
Shared Living Arrangements
The Trudeau Center's Shared Living option has been approved by BHDDH - Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals as an Authorized Placement Agency for Shared Living Arrangements. High quality Shared Living programs, such as the one we have started here at Trudeau, offer many advantages and opportunities, and expand the choices available to individuals about where and how they want to live.
There are many different arrangements that can be developed based on the needs of the person and their situation. The person who lives with and provides support to the person with a disability is called the “Shared Living Provider”. Many Shared Living Providers work outside the home, and continue to have time to enjoy on their own. Most people with disabilities in Shared Living either work or volunteer in the community and/or attend some type of a day program.
Shared Living Arrangements can have a significant positive impact on the quality of life of people with disabilities. The consistency of both relationships and routine in a regular family household are just two of the positive and highly desirable features of this model. While the benefit to the person is the driving force behind this option, there are other notable benefits as well. Shared Living is less costly to the system than group home living. It is also a nice way for individuals and families who are open to sharing their homes and lives with the “right someone” to enhance their household income. People in families and communities come to know and appreciate the people with disabilities who are living in Shared Living Arrangements.
How do I get involved in a Shared Living Arrangement?
If you want to become a Shared Living Provider
You can do this through the Trudeau Center! We are continuously recruiting quality individuals and families who want to share their lives and homes with an adult with a developmental disability.
If you are a person with a disability or a family member who would like to learn more about Shared Living Arrangements
You now have the option to receive this support option through Trudeau. You can contact the Shared Living department directly at (401) 739‑2700, or you can speak to someone close to you and ask for their assistance in making this contact.
If you already know someone you would like to share your life with through a Shared Living Arrangements
There are certain requirements such as background checks of all adults in the home, as well as certain home safety requirements. Many successful arrangements have occurred between people who enjoy one another’s company and want to share their lives in a different way.
For further information regarding Shared Living services please contact , Program Coordinator, at (401) 739‑2700 ext 250.