For many individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism, traditional group home settings are not appropriate. This could be due to personal choice or a level of support issue. Independent living may also not be an option for similar reasons. To better serve consumers across the spectrum of need while maximizing the opportunity for personal choice and growth, GMS offers a shared living option, sometimes referred to as “adult foster care.” This option places the individual served into a home with a family or supportive roommate within the community of their choosing.
Shared living home providers are contracted through GMS to support the individual according to their service plan. As a member of a multi-disciplined team, home providers work with the individual served on all aspects of daily living, which may include administering medications, transportation, coordinating with other providers, support with medical appointments, improving safety skills, interpersonal skills development, nutritional support, behavioral interventions, and personal care.
At GMS we believe in the concept of co-managing with the individual, which means support is viewed as not just assisting, but imparting skills needed for independence. Health and safety remains the primary focus; however this is balanced with the dignity of informed risk and individual choice. Home providers are tasked with understanding this balance while maintaining a healthy, positive relationship built on trust and respect.
As an administering agency for shared living homes, GMS provides the following:
- Web-based electronic documentation
- 24-hour on-call support
- Competitive daily rates and weekly direct deposit
- Training as needed/required
- Home safety inspections
- Provider recruitment and background checks
- Monthly contacts
- Participation in all team meetings
- Coordination with other providers
- Consultation on matters of compliance
Are you a case manager looking for a shared living home for one of your consumers? Click here for a map of our available shared living homes. This map is updated on a weekly basis.