Shared Living 2017-11-29T16:01:39+00:00

Toni and Jaquetta’s Shared Living Story

Ohio Shared Living (OSL) is a residential service option that allows individuals to receive continuous care and support while living in family home setting.  The Goals of OSL is enhanced community integration for the person served, and reduced turnover in the person’s life; enhancing service continuity and relationships.

OSL was once known as “Adult Foster Care.” It is a flexible and completely personalized residential service option available through Individual Options Waiver. 

In order to receive OSL services, a person must be eligible for Medicaid and the County Board must authorize funding. You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Diagnosed by the age 22 with a Developmental Disability
  • Have substantial functional limitation in at least three of these areas:
    • Self Care
    • Mobility
    • Learning
    • Capacity for Independent Living
    • Understanding and use of language

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Shared Living Contact Request Form

Interested in learning more about Koinonia's Shared Living Program? Complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you.

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FAQ’s for people interested in becoming a Shared Living Provider

Shared Living Provider's must be at least twenty-one years of age, able to utilize effective communication, provide appropriate housing & transportation - determined by the applicable stakeholders, have a sufficient income to maintain their household expenses - exclusive of SL income, successfully complete initial & annual training, attend all necessary Individual Service Plan meetings, and complete medication passer certification. All Shared Living Provider's & Adult Household Members must pass local/state/federal criminal background checks and be cleared from the State abuse register. They must also be free of restrictive physical, emotional or mental conditions.
Benefits of becoming a Shared Living Provider include the option of working from home and/or outside of the home in other employment, a better work & personal life balance, NO TAXES are paid on income derived from providing Shared Living services, nor will Social Security be deducted. In addition, Shared Living Providers are in control of their own schedule, and enjoy a more enriched and fulfilled life. All Shared Living Providers receive on-going, in home training and management from Koinonia.
Typical activities for the person served will include bathing, dressing, walking, toileting, eating, recreation, socialization, passing medications, managing money, health management including going to doctor's appointments, religious observations, assistance using the telephone or another form of communication, personal grooming, and transferring.
All training is conducted and covered by Koinonia Homes, Inc. and includes: Introduction to IDD, Active Treatment, Person-Centered Planning, Abuse Prevention, CPR/FA, Cultural Competence, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Medication Delegation, TB Questionnaire, Annual Compliances, Health & Safety Alerts.
A home study will be conducted to assess personalities, family dynamics & interests to help insure successful matches.
We will work with the individual to transition them out of the current living arrangement into one that they are better suited with as little disruption to their life as possible.
An agency representative will visit your home at least once every month.
The SLP is required to report any incident but a Koinonia representative will file any required paperwork.
A Koinonia representative will file all Billing information
Highlights of the contract include: 1. Residence must be inspected & certified by the Agency, CB & Guardian 2. Allowable occupancy will be established; max allowable individuals is three per home 3. Update Agency of changes in the structure of the home that affect existing certification or its renewal 4. As regulated by HIPPA, any health information about the individual is Protected Health Information (PHI) 5. Immediately report any incidents adversely affecting health & safety of individuals 6. Individual(s) must have his/her own private bedroom 7. Notify Agency of changes in persons living in the home, whether related or not. 8.Subcontractor shall maintain a valid driver’s license & good driving record. 9. Maintain standard homeowner/renter’s insurance policy covering the dwelling & submit proof of insurance at least annually. 10. Notify the Agency no later than 24 hours if anyone in the household is convicted of a felony 11. Provide appropriate habilitation, skill development, transportation, homemaker and personal care programs & services according to the Individual Service Plan. 12. Ensure participation in community programs that will benefit the individual socially, psychologically and/or medically. 13. This includes, but not limited to, active participation in the interdisciplinary process, employment , medical and dental services, counseling, shopping, church, recreation, day program, and transportation. 14. Pay personal bills of the individual promptly. 15. Provide adequate food & nutrition. 16. Ensure adequate supply of clothing that is in good repair and well fitting as well as personal care supplies. 17. Provide transportation for the person served. 18. Respite services must be approved by Agency Cooperation in scheduling of timely access to the residence for Agency activities. 19. Visits, inspections, monitoring for health and welfare, quality assurance processes, and investigations.

FAQ’s for individuals interested in receiving Shared Living services

Ohio Shared Living (OSL) was once known as "Adult Foster Care." It's a flexible and completely personalized residential service option for people who have developmental disabilities through the Individual Options Waiver. The program allows people to live in a family/partnership setting while receiving the care and support they need to thrive.
Our goals include educating potential Shared Living providers on the program model and benefits of providing services, greatly increasing the current number of Shared Living providers, reducing annual service costs for the people we serve, enhancing community integration, reducing turnover in the individual’s life, enhancing service continuity & relationships while increasing the satisfaction of the people we serve.
In order to qualify, a person must be eligible for Medicaid and the County Board must authorize funding. They must also meet the requirements for ICF/DD level of care which include being diagnosed by the age of 22 with an intellectual and/or developmental disability, have substantial functional limitation in self care, self-direction, economic self-sufficiency, mobility, or the capacity for independent living. For more information on qualifying for services, visit the Resource section of our website.
Typical services provide include bathing, dressing, walking, toileting, eating, recreation, socialization, passing medications, managing money, health management including going to doctor's appointments, religious observations, assistance using the telephone or another form of communication, personal grooming, and transferring.
A home study will be conducted to assess personalities, family dynamics & interests to help insure successful matches
We will work with the individual to transition them out of the current living arrangement into one that they are better suited with as little disruption to their life as possible
An Koinonia agency representative will visit your home at least once every month

Becoming a Koinonia Shared Living Provider can be completed in 6 easy steps: Complete the application, meet with us, conduct a home study, sign a conflict of interest statement, and complete all training, background checks, and necessary documentation.
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