What We Do
Shared Living is a residential option that allows a person who receives funding from DDS to use their funding allocation to pay a caregiver to live in the residence where the person chooses to live. This may be in the person’s own home, in the person’s leased apartment/home, or in some exceptions, in the caregiver’s home or apartment.
The Life Sharer cannot be a legally responsible family member or legal guardian. The person receiving services from DDS and the Life Sharer are expected to share living expenses and the Life Sharer is expected to provide support to the person in return for the per diem wages/stipend they are provided.
The person supported and the Life Sharer must complete a Shared Living Agreement of Services which outlines the individualized support the Life Sharer will perform; how daily living rules and responsibilities will be shared and implemented and how living expenses will be split.
Shared Living must result in the person being integrated into the usual activities of family and community life. In addition, there must be opportunities for learning, developing, and maintaining skills including ADLs, IADLs, social and recreation activities, and personal enrichment.
If you are interested in becoming a Life Sharer, please complete the Life Sharer Questionnaire.
Vice President of Community Support Services
Phone: (203) 389-2970, Ext. 1601
Six Lunar Drive
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Main Phone: (203) 389-2970
Main Fax: (203) 397-0658