The Family Home model of support is a newer concept for Community Living Atikokan. It had grown in other communities and had proven to be a viable support option for many; therefore, it was adopted by CLA in 2015.
A Family Home living arrangement occurs outside of the traditional service model and begins with a connection between two people. Sometimes a strong bond forms with another person and it is this relationship that forms the beginning of a Family Home conversation, where both parties agree that a shared living arrangement would be of mutual benefit. A person is offered a safe and nurturing environment of which to reside. The support often goes far beyond simply providing a room in a person’s home, as it means they are giving someone a place in their family and an opportunity to live as independently as possible in their communities. It is founded on a core belief that given the opportunity people will live comfortably, learn from one another, freely share their lives, broaden relationships, care for one another, and contribute to each other’s lives in a way that brings greater meaning, satisfaction and enrichment for everyone involved.
Participants enter into a service agreement that outlines support and oversight, a detailed screening process, ongoing dwelling and other assessments, as well as remuneration. Individual agreements are drafted based on the intensity of a person’s care needs. Some people supported in this way require very little assistance, while others are considered to have complex needs.
It is CLA’s goal to honor and support the significant relationships of people’s lives where they can experience the natural benefits of family life, love, friendship and a sense of belonging.