Professional Extended Families
Transforming Lives Together
GoodLife’s Shared Living program (also called GoodLife’s Professional Extended Family Model) homes are a supported living arrangement where an individual, couple, or family share their home with a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).
This arrangements closely replicate a private home experience to maximize the individual’s independence and quality of life. Providers are pre-screened, professionally trained, and carefully matched with an individual. Often, these arrangements flow from a previous relationship the provider has with an individual with needs. These homes provide a safe, comfortable, and long term home environment that naturally fosters true community integration, consistent support, and opportunities for new learning skills.
A Lifestyle Choice
Family-style living is one of the most attractive aspects of the Professional Extended Family model. The family-style atmosphere is vital and plays a significant role in the care of people with special needs.
Professional Family Teachers are the program’s most valuable resource. Providers are not only screened, trained, and monitored but they are respected, valued, and supported in all aspects of family life.
It’s in the Numbers
Since 2016, all of the Parents and Guardians of individuals served within the program report being either satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of services provided to their family member.
National turnover exceeds 50%, often nearing 70% for residential programs, but the average staff turnover within the Professional Extended Family model is just 7%.
Professional Extended Family homes have an average length of placement of 5 years, and GoodLife’s longest home placement has been paired for more than 15 years.
Professional Extended Family Provider
Our professional family home is the perfect space for our extended family. What makes it even more special is the fact that we have all contributed to making it comfortable, cozy and functional! Not just my husband and I but also our two children and the two guys we've served for more then 10 years have had a lot of input in how things are organized logistically and aesthetically. We've been blessed to live and grow together as a professional family in a wonderful neighborhood in a beautiful home, surrounded by friends, neighbors and a great support system.
- Treating Individuals with Dignity and Respect
- Ensuring Safe Professional Family Homes
- Developing and Maintaining Meaningful Relationships
- Developing Individualized and Continual Learning Opportunities
- Ensuring Opportunities for Safe and Meaningful Choices
- Enhancing Community Integration
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Professional Extended Family Resident
I am so happy! This is my home and my family now. I love living here because I get to learn new things and make new friends.
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