Shared Living

Creating new homes and lifelong bonds by connecting individuals with disabilities to devoted community members.

Advocates Shared Living matches individuals with disabilities to members of the community who provide care at home, much like a family member. Individuals gain greater independence and opportunities for an active lifestyle in the community, yet have the support and companionship of someone who cares for them at home. Our team works closely with individuals and their families to arrange living situations that truly feel like home – we’re guided by their wishes, interests, and needs, and they are empowered to make decisions about where they want to live and with whom.

Community members who serve as caregivers in Shared Living are dedicated to supporting their new roommates in a variety of ways: they create a safe home environment, they encourage individuals to participate in the community and form relationships, they support their goals and dreams, and they assist with daily routines and activities.

Shared Living caregivers receive a tax-free stipend and ongoing training, support, and resources from Advocates staff and nurses. Perhaps most importantly, all participants in Shared Living are making a difference in someone else’s life, creating bonds that last a lifetime.

Eligibility

Shared Living is funded by several Massachusetts state agencies including the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), and others.

If you are interested in Shared Living at Advocates, our staff is available to help you coordinate eligibility with the appropriate state agency. Private pay opportunities are also available.

Featured Stories

Richard & Melouse: Shared Living

A family that was meant to be.

Brothers & Roommates

Kevin, a 40-year-old with cerebral palsy, is the happiest he’s been in his adult life, according to his father, Kevin, Sr.