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ResCare Community Living - Kansas

A Shared Living Provider Opens Their Home & Heart to Positive Change

We strive to make a difference in the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), with the mission of “helping people live their best life ®.” At the forefront of all decision making, our priority is to ensure the success of the person receiving services as they will become a part of the Shared Living Provider’s home. Additionally, all of our Shared Living Providers and family caregivers have ample support and various resources available along the way. When you take the step of welcoming a new person into your home, everyone involved will feel the impact of making a positive change in the individual’s life.

**Shared Living Provider is a term that is interchangeable with Host Home Provider

How to Become a Shared Living Provider

Individuals and Shared Living Providers are matched through an interview and compatibility process. Next, visits between the potential provider and individual will be scheduled allowing them the opportunity to get to know one another. ResCare makes every effort to ensure it’s a mutually beneficial match. Once the individual is paired with a Shared Living Provider, we schedule in-home observations every 30 days for the duration of the placement. The individual(s) stay with the Shared Living Provider until they retire or the individual becomes too medically or behaviorally involved to be cared for in their home. At that time, the individual would move to another environment that is better equipped to provide the care they need.

Eligibility Requirements:

**Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A home inspection
  • Reliable computer and internet access
  • Valid CPR/First Aid certification, and support training


  • 70% of Medicaid Tax Free Daily Rate paid to the Shared Living Provider
  • Room & board (currently $700/month)
  • 24/7 emergency on-call phone
  • Direct deposit

Become a Shared Living Provider

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I still work my regular job and be a Shared Living Provider?

Some individuals paired with a Shared Living Provider either maintain their jobs or attend a day program. This may allow you to work regular shifts while the individual is managing their responsibilities. There is an expectation that if the individual needs support while you are at work, or another obligation, you will make yourself available.

What new expenses can I expect when an individual is placed with me? 

You may experience limited increases in expenses such as obtaining liability insurance as an independent contractor and purchasing supplies (first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and/or items for an emergency kit). Payments for room and board expenses are paid on a monthly basis.

What rate of pay will I receive as a provider?

The rate that providers receive varies based on the needs of the individual and the daily rate for the service that is provided while they are living with you. You will submit daily documentation electronically through our database and complete a service log for your time at the end of each month. 

How will being a Shared Living Provider affect how I file my taxes?

Each Shared Living Provider is considered a 1099 Independent Contractor. Each providers situation is unique.