Our Host Home Program has some similarities to adult foster care because an adult comes to live with the Mentor in their home—and yet is different because the adults we support have the same freedom of choice that all adults enjoy.
Mentors have the opportunity to earn money at home. The stipend varies based on the state and the needs of the individual being supported. As part of our matching process, we work with Mentors to determine the level of needs they are best prepared to support. As a Mentor, they help individuals thrive as part of the community and make a difference in their home life, while earning extra money to help make ends meet. Whether the Mentor is a stay-at-home mom, a retiree looking for a way to make a difference, or a social services professional with experience caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, he/she can become a Mentor. All it takes is the desire to help someone in need.
In general, Mentors are responsible for basic home care and related responsibilities. This may include providing nutritious meals, transportation to appointments and recreational activities, ensuring access to community activities, and supervision based on the needs of the individual being supported. Mentors are also required to maintain records and documentation regarding the services and supports being provided. As part of the process for preparing to welcome an individual into their home, our staff will work with the Mentor to make sure they have all of the information and materials they need to be successful.
With the support of a specialized team of health and human services professionals, Mentors become trusted caregivers, friends and advocates for the individual with whom they live. This special relationship between the Mentor and the individual in their home is the foundation of our program's success. Our Mentors are our greatest resource and enable us to help individuals across the country live rich, meaningful lives in the communities they call home.
Care can be 24 hours a day with full-time placement of a consumer in the home, or Respite (short term placement of a consumer) depending on the needs of the Mentor and the individual they are matched with. For more information, please visit makeadifferenceathome.com