Shared Living Services
Our Shared Living Program provides an alternative to group residential living for adults who prefer a smaller or more family-type environment. Arrangements vary, with the most common being an individual sharing a house or apartment with another adult or family.
#2-745 Vanalman Ave. Victoria, BC V8Z 3B5
Home Share services are provided by contracted caregivers, called Home Share Providers. They share living space and domestic responsibilities with the adult, and provide whatever level of support is appropriate to the person's needs. This may include recreational support, community participation, life and home skill development and personal care and development. Shared Living homes are not licensed.
In general, home share providers are responsible for providing nutritious meals, transportation to appointments and recreational activities, ensuring access to community activities, and supervision based on the needs of the individual they are supporting. Home Share Providers are also required to maintain records and documentation regarding the services and supports being provided. Integra's home share coordinators work closely with home share providers and the person they support to ensure they have access to the resources they need to provide the best support possible, as well as understand the expectations of the agency.
Shared Living (also referred to as Home Sharing) focuses on optimizing independence, self-determination and choice, while ensuring safety. We recruit and screen community members who provide services under contract to Integra. Then we work with both individuals and caregivers to find the best possible match, and provide the training and support to make it work. We promote long-lasting relationships between individuals and home share providers, and the development of a strong network of support that includes the individual’s family, the home share provider's family and the community.
We have a diverse shared living community in Victoria and the Central Upper Island region. The people who live in home share arrangements come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We work to honour the different values and backgrounds of individuals and families when matching individuals with caregivers.
Frequently Asked Questions for Families and Support Networks
Residential Services: Individual Financial Payments
As of October 1, 2017 all individuals receiving monthly Persons with Disability Benefits who reside in Community Living BC (CLBC) funded residential services receive the maximum monthly PWD rate of $1133.00. From this amount, individuals pay the service provider $716.13 towards their shelter and support costs, and the personal expense amount the individual keeps is $417.42.
People 65 and over receive Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement (OAS/GIS) from the federal government. As of April 1, 2016, the shelter and support rate for individuals in receipt of Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement (OAS/GIS) benefits has changed. Individuals age 65 and over in receipt of OAS/GIS are now required to pay $ 1,005.80 a month for shelter and support costs. The personal expense amount an individual age 65 or older keeps is $457.09.
CLBC Standards for Home Sharing Online Course
Whether you are new to home sharing or a seasoned veteran, this course will help clarify your role as a home sharing provider. This course explains the standards, policies, and
expectations of Community Living BC (CLBC) that supports and funds home sharing.
In this course, you will work through five modules. Each module explains the standards by exploring the following themes: Your Role, Well-being, Home, Belonging, and Accountability.
Features of the course include:
- Case studies and videos that portray home sharing situations
- Reflection questions
- Self-assessment activities
- A certificate on completion of the course
Each training module contains topics and other resources. If there are videos to watch, they will appear along with the module content. For each module, you can complete the end of module quiz.
Integra welcomes your interest in becoming a contracted caregiver with shared living services. We are seeking suitable mature individuals, couples or families to provide a safe, nurturing community based shared living arrangement for adults with developmental disabilities.
Contracted caregivers are expected to provide high quality care and support in areas such as personal hygiene, appearance, health care, nutrition, social and recreational activities as well as have the following skills:
Good written, verbal reporting communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team and in one-to-one situations
Demonstrated organizational, time management skills and problem solving skills
Ability to remain calm and objective when working with individuals with challenging behaviours
Ability to meet the physical, mental, and interpersonal demands of the job in a professional manner
Ability to be a role model for the person served
Click here to complete our Home Share Provider pre-screening questions, which is the first step in the application process.