Community Bridges’ Shared Living program is based on a “shared life” approach to providing quality care and supports to people experiencing disabilities. The program unites trained, compensated caregivers who want to share their homes with individuals who need assistance with daily living. However, it’s more than just a shared home – it’s a shared life, where they both develop and fully participate in the rituals and routines of home that form the basis of respect and belonging. And in turn, the caregiver welcomes the individual as an active member of his or her network of family, friends, and acquaintances.
The Shared Living program is a very effective support system that gives an individual the opportunity to learn life skills, develop greater self-esteem, and live a more interdependent life within his or her community. The Shared Living program recognizes how inclusion and the power of enduring relationships help everyone lead more fulfilling lives.
The Shared Living program is available to any individual with a disability who is eligible for Area Agency services in New Hampshire and who prefers to live in a family home. Community Bridges uses a person-centric planning approach that takes the time to discover the gifts, preferences, and personality traits each individual has to offer. The matching process is closely managed to ensure that a successful connection is made.
Community Bridges provides adults who wish to open their homes to a Shared Living arrangement with the training and resources necessary to be successful. This includes single people, college students, single parents, empty nesters, and two-parent families with children. Community Bridges also provides support and regular reviews to ensure that the arrangements provide individuals with a high quality of service in a consistent and cost-effective manner.
For more information on the Shared Living program, contact Ann Potoczak at 603-225-4153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact Community Bridges through the Federal Relay Service (NH Relay) by calling 7-1-1 or 1-800-735-4423.