The Community Companion Home Program offers clients and families an option to be in a supportive family environment.
Community Companion Homes are families or individuals licensed by the Department of Developmental Services to share their home and provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities. Community Companion Homes provide a more family-oriented living environment than a Community Living Arrangement (CLA) and offer a viable residential option.
The Community Companion Home model offered by HART United was developed to provide a residential alternative for individuals with developmental disabilities who choose to live in a supportive family environment. Providing nursing support, ongoing clinical support, and assistance with licensing, the program encourages integration and participation in all aspects of community life. The Community Companion Home provider is defined as the individual who provides support in the home. The client resides with the provider. Adjustments and modifications are required to make the environment safe, comfortable and less restrictive. Providers learn skills to enable them to meet a multitude of needs, including:
- daily living skills
- medical needs
- use of adaptive equipment
- behavior modification techniques
The provider assists individuals in making new friends and maintaining old friendships. Clients are encouraged to maintain contacts with their family members and to include them in home and community activities. Providers will be compensated for their services by the Department of Developmental Services.