Transforming Lives Together
GoodLife’s Shared Living Program (also called GoodLife’s Professional Extended Family Model) is a living arrangement where an individual, couple, or family share their home with a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).
This arrangement is similar to a private home experience to provide an individual with the most independence and best quality of life. Our Shared Living Providers are pre-screened, professionally trained, and very carefully matched with an individual. Often, these arrangements are built upon a previous relationship the shared living provider has with the individual with needs. These homes provide a safe, comfortable, and long-term home environment that naturally fosters the development of true community, provides consistent and stable support, and offers opportunities for learning new 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.
• People are always treated with dignity and respect
• Making sure family homes are safe and professional
• Building meaningful relationships
• Providing ongoing learning opportunities
• Providing opportunities for safe and meaningful choices
• Offering a chance to be a part of the community
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.
Shared Living FAQ
Where are shared living homes located?
Shared living homes are located throughout the communities served by GoodLife. All of the homes are private family homes that Professional Family Teachers own or rent.
What is the timeline for placement?
The length of time for placement varies from case to case and is dependent on several factors. Our ultimate goal is to create a long-term, positive, and successful placement that supports the needs of the individual and provides the most meaning to their life. Therefore, time and care is taken in all steps of the recruitment, screening, training, and matching parts of the placement process to ensure the individual and provider are the best match possible. Due to the nature of this program being based in relationships, the placement process is not quick. The selection and matching process, in addition to state approval, determines the length of placement.
What do we pay for this service? What living expenses might we need to pay for out of pocket?
The person served would contribute only what they can afford towards the expenses to the shared living home, up to a maximum of $695.00 each month. When determining how much an individual can contribute, GoodLife considers the individual's income and sets aside a set amount each month that the individual can spend on personal items and fun activities.
What happens if my loved one loses mobility and needs assistance from a wheelchair or walker?
Prior to placement, a resident's anticipated needs are considered in determining the best Professional Family Teaching home. Any time the needs of an individual change, however, the individual's core team determines how best to support them. Adaptations to the home, the schedule, or support services can be made to maintain placement.
Can we have our loved one overnight and/or go on vacation with us?
Yes! We believe in helping our residents maintain close relationships with family members. Residents can and do go on vacations with their families and sometimes even with their Professional Family Teachers.
Can the Professional Family bring my loved one to me on a regular basis (e.g., transport them)?
The Professional Family Teacher and the loved ones' family develop a plan that works for everyone for visits that takes into consideration a variety of factors such as distance, weather, frequency, etc. The plan is reevaluated often to make sure everyone is happy.
What happens to my loved one if the Professional Family Teacher cannot serve them any longer?
If the Professional Family Teaching placement were to end for any reason, the person served would move out of the Professional Family Teaching home and GoodLife would work with their team to identify an appropriate option for them that may or may not include another Professional Family Teaching home.
What's the difference between "Shared Living", "PFTM", and "Professional Extended Family Model"?
There is no difference. Our Professional Extended Family Model and Professional Family Teaching Model (PFTM) are both terms used to describe our Shared Living models. Sometimes, it can get challenging to accurately describe what a program is by its title, so these are all terms we've used to describe the same program. We refer to the providers that care for our Residents in this Shared Living-style model as Professional Family Teachers.
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