Lifesharing provides people with the opportunity to grow, learn, and pursue their goals in a family environment. Families or individual people invite a person with a disability to join their family, providing the person with a home, the opportunity to live more independently and participate meaningfully in family and community life.
Who can become a Lifesharing provider?
Lifesharing providers can be an unrelated family member or individual, or a member of the person's biological family. Once you become a provider, you will be actively involved in the person's life, responsible for providing support based on the person's person-centered support plan.
Why become a Lifesharing provider?
Being a Lifesharing provider provides the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life and help them grow to be the best person he or she can be. Lifesharing providers are paid a daily stipend for their support and respite breaks are provided.
“It's a blessing to have someone join your family and be able to help them out. But more than giving, you get back from them when you see growth. It's amazing to see where they are when they first come home and where they are today.”
—Diane Clark, Lifesharing provider since 1991
What does a Lifesharing provider do?
Lifesharing providers are actively involved in the person's life. You would offer assistance, support, and guidance in:
- Home management
- Personal and financial resources management
- Mobility and transportation
- Relationship development
- Personal adjustment
- Being an active community member and having valued social roles
- Using community resources
- Decision making
- Health maintenance
In other words, Lifesharing providers help people live an everyday life.
Where can Lifesharing be provided?
You can provide Lifesharing in your own home and invite the person to live with you or the person may invite you to move into their home.
To become a Lifesharing provider, you must:
- Have a desire to share your life with someone
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Pass a background check
- Have a physical for each person living in the home
- Have a home that is able to meet licensing safety standards, such as having working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
How to become a Lifesharing provider
Contact us to learn more about Lifesharing and how to apply to become a provider. You can call us at one of the phone numbers below and ask for the Lifesharing Director for that region or submit the online form.
- Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Carbon Counties: 610-435-1561
- Lancaster, Downingtown, Chester Counties: 717-581-8229
- Northumberland, Montour, Snyder, Columbia, Center, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Blair, Juniata Counties: 570-286-1757
- Wyoming, Luzerne, Lackawanna Counties: 570-829-3671
- Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Franklin, Fulton, York, Lebanon, Adams Counties: 717-541-8322
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