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Open your home to individuals with a developmental disability and experience the many rewards that come with home sharing.
We know that the success of our Home Sharing Program is based on the development of a close relationship between the individual, the home share provider and TCS. We match each individual with the caregiver who can best meet their individual needs and preferences.
At TCS we tailor highly individualized, solution-focused services for individuals, families and funders. We know that over time, each individual's needs change and evolve and so we offer the planning and choices required to adapt to those changes. We believe that choices and flexibility are important for all of us - and that providing those options are part of providing care with dignity and respect.
A Home Sharing residence provides a home and caregiver support for individuals with a developmental disability. At TCS, we match residents with home sharing caregivers and continue to monitor and support the home share environment. Home sharing will involve sharing of the home and may include assistance in self-care, relationship-building, life skills, meal preparation and personal care, as well as the use of community resources, activities and services.
At TCS, we arrange home sharing for individuals who would like a little more independence, but are not able to live without support. We recognize that the most important part of home sharing is a close relationship between the individual, home share provider and TCS. Individuals within a home not only share their home but also each others lives. In some situations, members of the home spend a lot of time together and are actively involved in one another's daily activities. In other homes, the arrangement is more independent.
We believe that successful home sharing involves carefully matching each individual with a provider who is best suited to meet personal needs and preferences, based on a customized planning process. Trained TCS staff work with individuals and home share providers to develop short and long-term goals. Home share providers are then responsible for implementing plans, identifying progress and making adjustments to meet the changing needs of an individual. Individuals tend to choose a home sharing option because it provides an ideal balance of support and independence; both of which are flexible and can be adapted as needs change. This model allows individuals to share a home with a caregiver that will meet their unique goals and preferences. For some individuals, home sharing is a stepping stone that will lead to even greater independence and for others it is an arrangement that will meet their goals for many years.
Our TCS home sharing services reflect Community Living BC’s (CLBC) vision, mission, and values which guide the provision of high quality residential services. CLBC’s Home Sharing Guidelines include:
Still Have Questions? Here are some resources most prospecting Home Sharers find helpful.
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Home Share Provider Experience
When I made the decision to become a Home Share Provider I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life.
The past ten years have been the most rewarding and educational in my life. Providing a level of care and inclusion for adults with challenges has been a mutually beneficial choice of lifestyle. Our entire family has developed meaningful relationships with the individuals that we support.
Thompson Community Services has been a big part of our success. The managers and staff at TCS have been consistently supportive and available to us as home share providers. The level of care that has been demonstrated by the staff and managers through periods of difficulty with our clients has been exemplary. The consistency of monitoring and personalized support for those individuals in care that TCS demonstrates is admirable.
I would not hesitate to recommend TCS as a host agency to anyone contemplating becoming a home share provider.
My daughter has lived in the Dufferin home, managed by Thompson Community Services, for 18 years. As a parent I can rely on the care provided by staff at the home, the day program and the office. They do live out their motto, to provide individualized, solution-based services.