Shared Living

Cape Abilities Shared LivingAn important alternative to group homes, the Shared Living program matches adults with disabilities with families or individuals (providers) who want to share their home. Providers support individuals with transportation, community involvement and other activities of daily living like personal care, cooking and money management.This living arrangement provides structure for development, growth and change, and also leads to lifelong friendships. People who open their homes often develop new ideas about what makes a family, and find sharing their home incredibly gratifying.

Providers are carefully screened and chosen to ensure people with disabilities who choose this model have a safe, secure and supportive home environment.

Our Adult Family Care/Shared Living Program is currently seeking a caregiver to support and assist two young women in your home as they strive to increase their independent living skills. The program offers a generous stipend as well as supports from a case manager and registered nurse.

The women are friends and have lived together with a caregiver here on Cape Cod until the caregiver relocated out of state.  Both women work and attend day programs.

“H” is a healthy, active and independent young woman. She enjoys exercising, arts & crafts, music, movies and social activities. Hayley is caring and compassionate and brightens the lives of those she interacts with.

“L” is a 41 year old friendly, active person who enjoys being with others, watching TV, doing arts and crafts and eating out. She has good communication skills and is interested in new adventures.

Please contact Beth Von Staats, Director of Residential Services at 778-5040 (Ext. 421) by email at

Individuals interested in becoming caregivers must coordinate application with their primary funding agency.

Shared living caregivers:
• Develop a relationship based on mutual trust, respect and dignity
• Create a comfortable home that accommodates specific needs
• Provide opportunities for the individual to develop meaningful relationships at home and in the community
• Assist the individual in pursuing life dreams and overcoming challenges
• Support that person to exercise choice and control in everyday activities

• High school diploma (or equivalent)
• Valid driver’s license
• Experience advocating for and supporting individuals preferred

• Personal satisfaction
• Stipend
• Comprehensive nursing support
• Sharing of household expenses
• Support meetings with other caregivers
• Professional case management, consultation and training
• 24-hour emergency support
• Respite services