Shared Living Care Provider Needed in Westfield/Springfield

Pathlight is seeking a couple (could also be one person if it was a good match) to be the Care Providers for a man we support through our Shared Living program. For the sake of anonymity, we’ll call him D.

For those that aren’t aware, Shared Living is a service model in which an individual with developmental disabilities moves in with a person, couple, or family. The Care Providers (or Foster Parents if the person supported is under 18) receive a tax-free stipend and the knowledge they are making a positive difference in the lives of others, while the individuals can live and grow in a home-based situation and experience the everyday activities of family and community life. A WIN-WIN SCENARIO!

As D. currently lives in Hampden County and attends his day program in Agawam, we are looking for a Care Provider in the Springfield/Westfield area.

What type of homes would be a good fit for D. specifically? Check out our Q&A section below to learn more!

  • FIRST THINGS FIRST, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE D.?: D. loves to laugh, so right off the bat that should tell you a lot about his personality! He’s VERY friendly and easy-going.
    OUR SPARE BEDROOM IS ON THE 2ND CAN D. GO UP STAIRS?: Due to his gait and other medical conditions, D. will need to have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. If possible, he would have access to a walk-in shower and wouldn’t have to navigate many steps in the home.
  • I HAVE CHILDREN, WILL THAT BE AN ISSUE?: D. would prefer to live in a home without children.
  • WHAT ABOUT PETS?: D. loves dogs! Though best matches would be homes with smaller ones, as he might lose his balance and fall if a larger dog were to bump into him. He also sometimes likes cats.
  • DO I NEED TO HELP WITH TRANSPORTATION?: Although all Care Providers should be willing and able to help with transportation needs when necessary, D. goes to a day program during the week and they provide the rides.
  • WHAT KIND OF SUPPORTS WOULD D. NEED?: D.’s Care Providers should be mindful of the fact that he struggles to walk long distances. Additionally, as his seizure disorder is maintained be medication and a healthy body weight, he will need help with portion control when eating. At times D. can struggle with articulation, so it’s also important for Care Providers to be patient and understanding of this.
  • WHAT ARE SOME OF D.’S INTERESTS?: D. loves to listen to music (especially the 50’s/60’s genre), whether that’s doing so while unwinding on the porch or attending a live show – he’s all for it! He also enjoys watching Wheel of Fortune, going to the park, and attending car shows. As far as his favorite meals go, he would rank Chicken Parm and Chinese Food at the top of his list! An important thing to know about D. is he genuinely enjoys and appreciates being included in day-to-day activities; he loves being a part of a family.

Ideal candidates for this role would have skills in working with individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities (though not required), be able to establish clear and consistent routines, set reasonable limits, and provide structure.  In addition to receiving the annual and generous TAX-FREE stipend, Care Providers for this rewarding opportunity are given training and case management supports.

If interested, call 413-731-4548, email Info@PathlightGroup.org, or visit https://pathlightgroup.org/programs-and-services/shared-living/ and fill out a Shared Living Interest form!