CLBC Home Share Review Released

February 3rd, 2014

CLBC has released an independent review of its home sharing service by Dr Anne Hughson. The review was initiated by CLBC in December 2012 as part of CLBC’s ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement. Home sharing is the most frequently used residential service by people supported by CLBC. 

Home sharing is an arrangement where an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support. The home is the primary residence of both the individual being supported and the person offering the support. 

The number of B.C. adults living in home sharing arrangements continues to increase. In 2007, there were 2,207 adults living in home share. Today, CLBC has over 3,300 individuals benefiting from home sharing arrangements – 1,200 in direct home shares and 2,100 through agency co-ordinated arrangements. This year, CLBC will invest close to $110 million in home sharing services across the province. 

Dr. Hughson’s report focuses on the both the strengths and risks associated with this residential option to identify an overall approach to promote safety, well being and quality of life for individuals living in home sharing. Among other things, the report concludes:

  • CLBC’s home sharing model has a coherent, comprehensive policy framework, with appropriate minimum standards that far exceed other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • CLBC has responded appropriately to previously identified policy gaps and CLBC’s website information is informative, user friendly and accessible.
  • Respondents agree that home sharing options can provide a high quality of support when there is a good match between those individuals who choose this lifestyle and home sharing providers.

The report suggests CLBC establish a five-year plan that:

  • ensures congruency between policy and values frameworks
  • reviews monitoring requirements
  • identifies and mitigates risks associated with the growth of this option, particularly with community service providers
  • provides a learning, training and support framework
  • identifies support needs, responsibilities and expected practice for individuals, families, home sharing providers, CLBC and community service providers

Recommendations in the report focus on:

  • examining other innovative residential options
  • managing the rate and pace of further growth
  • communicating openly with families, individuals and providers about home sharing’s strengths and vulnerabilities
  • share information about successful practices
  • track outcomes for individuals residing in home sharing arrangements
  • improve information management technology to ensure data related to home share model is readily accessible for planning and forecasting
  • conduct an internal time and workload study of regional staff to determine what staff responsibilities, monitoring practices and priorities need to be adjusted to continue to be responsiveness during migration of contracts

CLBC will circulate the report to key stakeholders for comments over the next few weeks to help inform a full response from CLBC that addresses the review’s recommendations. This response will include a multi-year implementation plan and focus on:

  • collaborating with sector to build and sustain program capacity
  • allocating additional resources to respond to increased demand and to effectively support growth by developing capacity
  • developing training and learning opportunities for different stakeholders – including CLBC staff
  • developing additional resources for communicating with families and individuals
  • surveying individuals who reside in home share about their satisfaction with their supports, services and quality of life
  • updating CLBC’s Handbook for Home Share Providers

Download the full report here. For more information, contact CLBC Communications at 604.209.7608.

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