Formerly known as adult foster care, Shared Living connects adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a nurturing family.
Shared Living families provide loving homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham staff take great care in finding the best fit between a nurturing family and the person they can welcome into their home. This is an ideal service for families who are unable to provide the care needed at home.
Shared living services allow the parents and family to be an integral part of the decision-making process while their loved one receives the care needed. Families and the Shared Living provider can determine together the needed services as well as visitation.
Before an adult with developmental disabilities is placed in a Shared Living home, a Hattie Larlham registered nurse conducts an assessment of that person’s needs to make sure they are placed in an environment that is appropriate to their specific needs.
Shared living providers undergo an assessment that includes rigorous reference checks, finger printing and home inspection. Shared living providers also receive training and have visits from a registered nurse to ensure the services the provider delivers creates an appropriate comfort level for the person with developmental disabilities.
Once an adult with developmental disabilities receives the proper placement via this service, a Hattie Larlham program director and a registered nurse case manager provide strategic support to the shared living provider.
To become a shared living provider and deliver services to person with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio, a person must be at least 21 years of age, self-supporting and willing to make a long-term commitment to provide a loving, clean and safe home for someone with a developmental disability.
Hattie Larlham shared living services are licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).