Shared living is a unique living option for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism who have section 21 or 29 waiver funding and reside in Maine. It allows the individual the option to be matched with a home provider in the community. A highlight of this living situation is that it honors the consumer’s choice in which type of home setting they reside in and with whom they live with as well. The consumer is provided the opportunity to participate with the home provider and their family in all of the day to day activities as well as inclusion in the community. The hope for every shared living setting is that the consumer experiences a stable support system and higher quality of life then may be attained in group living.
What does a shared living provider do?
Every shared living setting is unique as is the individual being supported. The SLP will provide a clean and healthy living environment for the individual andis responsible to provide daily support and care as outlined in the person’s “person centered plan”. The SLP acts as an important support team member to help the individual identify and reach their goals.
What the requirements to become a provider?
- At least 18 years old
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- Must have at least a high school diploma or GED
- Has a valid driver’s license
- Maintains home owner’s or renter’s insurance
What role does Uplift, Inc. play in shared living?
Each shared living provider works with an oversight agency such as Uplift, Inc. SLP’s will not become employed by Uplift, Inc. but will enter into an agreement for shared living administrative and support services.
As an administering agency for shared living homes Uplift, Inc. will provide:
- Reference and background checks for providers
- Participation in matching individuals’ looking for shared living homes with appropriate SLP’s
- Competitive Daily Rates
- Assist in coordination of respite services
- Monthly contacts and regular home visits
For more information, please contact:
Director of Case Management Services
PO Box 1106
Gardiner, ME 04345