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Shared Living Services

 

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.

Contracted Services Administrative Offices

#2-745 Vanalman Ave. Victoria, BC V8Z 3B5

250-721-5584 x3304

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

Q. What is a Home Sharing Provider?
A Home Sharing Provider is a person who makes a difference in the life of a person with diverse abilities by opening their heart and their home. Home Sharing Providers who are contracted to provide services with Integra, share their home with an adult with diverse abilities , providing them with the support they need to live as independently as possible. With the support of a specialized team of health and human services professionals, Home Sharing Providers become trusted caregivers, friends and advocates for the person with whom they live. This special relationship between the Home Sharing Provider and the person in their home is the foundation of our program's success.  Our Home Sharing Providers are our greatest resource and enable us to help people with diversabilities in Victoria live rich, meaningful lives in the communities they call home.
Q: What do Home Sharing Providers do?
The services Home Sharing Providers provide are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the person who lives with them. Home Sharing Providers should believe in the value of creating an inclusive environment and fostering relationships with the person's family and support network. However, the actual level of support, supervision and active assistance varies. The needs and preferences of both the Home Sharing Provider and the person are considered to ensure compatibility.
Q. Who can become a Home Sharing Provider?
Integra's Home Sharing Providers represent a wide range of backgrounds and skill levels. They may be stay-at-home moms, empty nesters looking for companionship and a way to give back, retirees looking for extra income, or social services professionals with experience caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All applicants undergo an extensive home study process, provide Integra with a criminal record clearance from the Ministry of Justice, have a valid First Aid/CPR certificate, and can demonstrate previous experience working with individuals with diverse abilities. We can help you gain volunteer experience if you are new to this field. One constant among our Home Share Providers is their commitment to care for and make a positive difference in someone's life and only those who are committed to fostering a true home environment will be considered.
Q. What kinds of care will I be responsible for?
In general, Home Sharing Providers are responsible for basic home, care, and related responsibilities.  This may include providing nutritious meals, transportation to appointments and recreational activities, ensuring access to community activities, and supervision based on the needs of the person you are supporting. Home Sharing Providers are also required to maintain records and documentation regarding the services and supports being provided. As part of the process for preparing to welcome someone into your home, our coordinators will work with you to make sure you have all of the information and materials you need to be successful. The people who are supported in Home Sharing have diverse abilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, or epilepsy. Some may be very independent and go into the community on their own; some even have a steady job, while others will need more intensive support.  Our coordinators will make sure that you are matched with a person whose needs match your lifestyle.
Q. How long does the matching process take?
Once you are ready to accept a person with diverse abilities into your home, the matching process may vary from a few weeks to several months.  Proper matching takes time and is well worth the investment that it takes.  As a result, many of our matches have yielded long-term, meaningful relationships.
Q. Do Home Sharing Providers earn money for services provided in their home?
As a Home Sharing Provider, you will be an independent contractor, not an employee of Integra. You’ll be paid a monthly rate and this amount varies based on the needs of the person you support.  This amount is determined by CLBC. As part of our matching process, we will work with you to determine the level of needs you are best prepared to support. The person living in your home is required to contribute $716.13 of their PWD towards food and shelter and arrangements are often made with the Ministry of Social Development to have this amount sent directly to the contracted home share provider. 

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.

Click here for information on the Annual BC Bus Pass Program and the Transportation Supplement.


→ Community Living BC Individual Financial Payment Policy: Residential Services

→ Information for Families

→ Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction - Payment for Clients

What does the $716.13 shelter and support contribution cover?

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.

click here when you're ready

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.

We are here to answer any questions you have about Shared Living.  Reach out to us and we’ll respond.

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