Family and Friends

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

standard: Home sharing providers and assistants welcome the involvement of family and friends in the lives of each individual.

rationale: Activities and contact with family and friends can add greatly to the quality of a person’s life. Family, friends and/or support persons can ensure that each individual’s needs and best interests are incorporated in the service he/she receives.

In Module 3 you watched videos of Amber’s and Edward’s home sharing arrangements. It was clear that both family and friends were tightly woven into their lives.

Families are often the most important and most valuable members of the individual’s support team. They can provide a wealth of information and knowledge about their family member. This information and knowledge can help home sharing providers better plan for and meet the needs of the person they support. A high level of commitment to developing and nurturing positive relationships with the family and friends of the person you support is an important aspect of your role as a home sharing provider.

The following are examples of promising practices:

  • Individuals are supported to develop and maintain positive relationships with family members, friends, and acquaintances.
  • Home sharing providers and assistants welcome the involvement of family and friends in the lives of each individual.
  • Opportunities to socialize with family and friends are offered to the individual.
  • Developing skills for fostering and maintaining relationships is supported; professionals are involved if necessary.
  • Contact with the significant people in the individual’s life and other related information is documented.

Claire, a home sharing provider, went the ‘extra mile’ to teach Marla appropriate social interaction. Claire role-played telephone and in-person conversations with Marla. This effectively taught her to invite friends over, arrange to go out to a movie or for dinner, resolve difficulties with friends, and so on. Since learning how to interact more effectively, Marla has expanded her circle of friends, is more active socially, and is able to maintain regular contact with her family.

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