Lifesharing

What is Lifesharing?

Lifesharing is an adult residential option offered as an alternative to community, independent or supported living. Since 1985, KenCrest’s Lifesharing program has successfully brought over 60 families together, almost half of which have been together for over 10 years.

Choosing Lifesharing

Community living for adults with disabilitiesA new family is created by Lifesharing giving everyone involved new, enduring relationships that provide an ideal foundation for learning, encouraging self-esteem, and fostering interdependence.

The focus is on the growth and development of each Lifesharing individual supporting their achievement to their fullest potential, according to their individual needs, while providing the community access and involvement required for success.

For Provider Families

Being a Lifesharing family with an individual who may or may not be biologically related means opening your home and heart to someone who requires or desires to live in a shared, supportive environment that is more family-like in structure.

Lifesharing families meet the physical, medical, emotional, and social needs of the individuals being served. They provide a family that supports full access to and integration into the community, including activities, events, employment, volunteering, and more. Individuals are supported to have goals, dream dreams, make plans, and live an *Everyday Life.

Lifesharing participants become a full member of the Lifesharing family, and enrich and enhance their new family by bringing their own traditions, abilities, and life choices to their new living situation.

For Lifesharing Individuals

Choosing Lifesharing over other living options, such as community living, supported living or independent living arrangements, is a decision made by each individual after careful review and consideration of all the available living options, and how each suits their preferred style of living and personal life goals. In Lifesharing, you will share your life, traditions, goals, and values with a family or individual in a lasting and caring family environment.

Lifesharing Referral Process

 Adult Lifesharing PAFor Provider Families

KenCrest is continually receiving new requests to be added to the Lifesharing program as a provider family and we always welcome more. If you are currently providing Lifesharing through another provider, you have the option of switching to KenCrest as your support agency of choice, at any time.

If you are interested in exploring the KenCrest Lifesharing program, please contact the Lifesharing main office directly at 610-487-1582.

For Lifesharing Individuals

KenCrest’s Lifesharing individuals can be referred to KenCrest via a supports coordinator or other county official or by contacting KenCrest directly to request program information. We welcome those who are entirely new to Lifesharing or currently in a program with another provider. If you are currently in a Lifesharing arrangement, you may be able to switch to receiving ongoing supports from KenCrest, while staying with your Lifesharing family.

Supports

For Provider Family

Immediate support is provided to all Lifesharing families. This support does not end after the first few weeks, but uniquely continues for the duration of the Lifesharing program participation, unlike many other programs offering the same type of services.

KenCrest provides full supports for all Lifesharing participants for an undetermined amount of time, beginning on the first day of their participation in the program, with as little or as much support is required or desired. Supports available for Lifesharing families include, but are not limited to:

  • 24/7 on- call emergency support
  • Ongoing, individualized training conveniently offered in the family’s home
  • Substitute and respite care (up to 30 days annually)
  • Team support and person-centered planning
  • Assistance with medical support

 

every day living options for adults with disabilitiesFor Lifesharing Individuals

For each individual who chooses Lifesharing, Kencrest provides transitional and ongoing support, as little or as much is requested or required. Supports include, but are not limited to:

  • ISP goals (behavior plans supports as applicable)
  • Personal dreams and aspirations
  • Individual choices and preferences
  • Desired control of one’s life

 

Program Requirements

For Provider Families

Meeting the Lifesharing program requirements is very important. The requirements are based on what is needed to support the success of the Lifesharing program and each individual in a variety of areas.

Lifesharing provider families are required to provide safe, stable, nurturing home environments.
All prospective Lifesharing provider families go through a lengthy and comprehensive evaluation process, and must successfully;

  • Complete the KenCrest-funded  background checks and clearances
  • Be insured
  • Be in good health
  • Provide multiple references

All families complete a rigorous training program and receive additional ongoing, supportive regular training.

For Lifesharing Individuals

After the completion of a referral packet, individuals will have a series of meetings to identify their desires and goals. The current ISP will also be used in developing a customized plan. The customized plan will be used when matching each person with the best family suited for their needs.

Additional Resources

KenCrest’s Meaningful Life

KenCrest’s Meaningful Life initiative supports the guidelines offered in the Everyday Lives: Values in Action guide and principles provided in Charting the LifeCourse Framework.

For additional information contact lifesharing@kencrest.org or 610-487-1582

“Through Lifesharing, I have a family who loves me and cares for me. I have brothers who take care of me and protect me. I have a regular life. My mom is a pastor and we travel a lot. We went to Dover, Delaware. I usher at my church and sing in the choir.”

-Tiffany, supported person who has lived with Pat since 2008

“Our story begins in 1990 when we heard about Lifesharing. Dan was first to join our family. Things went well and then Ted joined our family. Watching these 2 men flourish and grow has been exciting and rewarding. Little did we know that we would also be blessed? Not only did Dan and Ted join our family, we, too, gained an extended family.”

-Cindy, Lifesharer since 1992

“I love living in Lifesharing because I get to have dogs who sit on my lap and I get to go to fun places with Melissa, Grandmom and John, and I’m going to be an uncle as soon as Guy and Jill have this baby. We are going to Disney again”.

-Dave, supported person who has lived with Melissa since 2006
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