Lifesharing Through Family Living

lifesharingWhat is Lifesharing?

Benefits of Lifesharing:

Supports for the Individual:

Supports for the Provider:

Biological Family Involvement:

What are the Requirements to be a Provider?

Enjoying people and being willing to share and help others are the most important skills for a provider. Our providers are very diverse and include single adults, single parents, two parent families with children, and "empty-nest" families. No special experience is needed to become a provider; training and support are provided by the staff of the Barber National Institute.

How Does the Process Start?

The potential providers and the individual are carefully interviewed, then matched to ensure they have compatible interests and personalities. The Lifesharing Specialist will then arrange supervised visits to introduce the individual to the provider’s home and family. You will slowly progress, developing a relationship, until all parties feel comfortable with the move into your home.

How are Providers Paid?

Providers receive a federally tax-exempt stipend twice every month to cover service and room/board. The individual’s income and benefits cover their own medical expenses and personal purchases. Additional support services are available based on the individual’s needs. Payments to the providers can also be used to cover the cost of "substitute care" if a provider is not able to provide for short periods such as vacations, illness, etc.

How Can I Get More Information?

Lifesharing is a wonderful program that enriches the lives of all involved! If you would like more information, please contact Jere Paolini at (215) 871-0731 for Philadelphia or, in Erie, contact Maggie Dimitriadis at (814) 878-5517 or Cherylynn McIntosh at (814) 874-5623.


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