Becoming a homesharer
Homesharers are individuals just like you who, by sharing their home on a permanent basis, offer support to an adult from the community who has intellectual or physical limitations.
The homesharer program is a housing initiative financed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. It helps provide placements in a family like setting which offers care, support and supervision to adults.
- provide a family like setting where one can live safely;
- provide a better quality of life;
- promote community integration.
Where the service provider is not related, no more than two adults will be placed in a homesharing residence.
Agency policies and procedures may be implemented to insure the adult's quality of life.
General responsibilities of a homesharer:
- provide a safe, stable and risk-free living environment;
- provide a furnished bedroom, unless otherwise specified by adult;
- prepare nutritious meals;
- protect the adult's privacy;
- help with health care, basic needs and other day to day activities;
- help adult get to work, to social and daily activities and medical appointments;
- maintain a welcoming and social home atmosphere and encourage adult involvement in the daily activities, just as any other member of the household;
- provide suggestions, advice and opportunities to encourage social inclusion of the adult;
- allow friends and family to visit;
- plan for care of adult when main service provider is absent;
- maintain financial records as well as other necessary documents and receipts for products or services purchased for or by the adult, as per requirements of the organisation administering transfer payments;
- maintain confidentiality of information and documents concerning the adult;
- participate in initial and ongoing training, in home sharer meetings and in the annual review as required by the organisation administering the transfer payments;
- participate in the development process of the action plan related to the placement of the adult in the home;
- inform the agency's personnel of any change in the adult's behaviour, health or needs;
- inform the agency's personnel of any severe incident;
- inform the organisation of any change in the household situation;
- assume other responsibilities according to the agreement with the organization administering the transfer payments and depending on the particular needs of the adult.