Questions about becoming a Host Home Provider? Here are the answers:
- What is a Host Home provider?
A. A Host Home provider is a person who makes a difference in the life of an individual by opening their heart and their home. Host Home providers who participate in our innovative Host Home program share their home with an adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing them with the support they need to thrive in their communities. With the support of a specialized team of Marc professionals, each Host Home provider becomes a trusted caregiver, a friend and an advocate for the individual with whom they live. This special relationship between the Host and the individual in their home is the foundation of the program’s success. Our Host Home providers are our greatest resource and enable us to help individuals live rich, meaningful lives in the communities they call home.
- What do Host Home providers do?
A. The services Host Homes provide are specifically tailored to meet the desires and needs of the individual who lives with them. The actual level of support, supervision and active assistance varies by each individual. During Marc’s comprehensive matching process the abilities, strengths, needs, desires and preferences of both the Host and the individual are considered to ensure a successful match.
- Who can become a Host Home provider?
A. Host Home providers do not conform to any standard profile. They represent a wide range of backgrounds and skill levels. They may be stay-at-home moms, retirees looking for extra income , empty nesters looking for companionship and a way to give back, or social services professionals with experience caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Host Home providers may be married or single, men or women and represent a wide range of ethnicities and religions. One constant among our Host Home providers, however, is their commitment to the individual who lives with them, whom they care for and who they can make a positive difference with daily.
- Do Host Home providers earn money for services provided in their home?
A. As a Host, you’ll have the opportunity to earn money working at home, just by by opening your heart. The payment stipend varies based on the needs of the individual you support. As part of our licensing process, we will work with you to determine the level of needs you are best prepared to support.
- What do I have to do to be a Host and how long does it take?
A. The first step is to contact Marc Host Home staff and express a desire to learn more about becoming a host. Marc staff will contact you, make an appointment with you, share more information and answer any questions you may have.
While it varies during the year, the entire licensing process generally takes twelve to 16 weeks. During this time, our team of staff is there to support and guide you through the process and provide you with the training you need.
- What kinds of care will I be responsible for?
A. In general, Host Home providers are responsible for basic daily living care and related responsibilities. This may include providing nutritious meals, supervision based on the needs of the individual in your home, transportation to appointments and recreational activities, and assisting with access to community activities. Host Home providers are also required to maintain records and documentation regarding the services and supports being provided. As part of the process for preparing to welcome an individual into your home, Marc staff will work with you to ensure you have all of the information and materials you need to be successful.
- What kinds of disabilities will the person I support have?
A. The people who receive services in a Host Home provider’s home have varying degrees of developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, or epilepsy. Some may be very independent and able to go out into the community on their own for short periods, some even have a job, while others will need more intensive support. Our staff will make sure that you are matched with a person whose needs fit your lifestyle.
- How long does the matching process take?
A. Once you are licensed and ready to accept an individual into your home, the matching process will begin. Half of this process if up to you and depends on your availability. This can vary from a few weeks to several months. Proper matching takes time and is well worth the investment that it takes to make that “perfect match” between you and the individual you’ll serve. As a result, many of our matches have yielded long-term, meaningful relationships.
- Would I be matched with a person of the same or opposite gender?
A. The matching process is designed to assure that you and the placed individual are comfortable with each other so that you can live harmoniously together as a family and develop a meaningful and caring relationship. Ultimately, you will have the final say over who you choose to welcome into your home.
- Who do I call if I have an issue or need help?
A. At Marc, we are here to help and support you and the individual you support. Trust us, you’re never alone in this. Ask any Host Home provider who they rely on most, and you’ll probably hear, “My Marc coordinator!” Our coordinators and clinical staff are available 24/7 to ensure that you have the support you need—every step of the way.
Each home is assigned a coordinator who provides case management services. Our coordinators are knowledgeable human service professionals responsible for overseeing the day-to-day achievements of the individual. The coordinator ensures that the individual’s needs are being met, license standards stay in conformance in the home and that each individual’s service plan is being followed. They will visit the individual and the Host in the home regularly.
- Will the person who lives with me need constant supervision?
A. While some of the individuals we serve do need constant supervision and assistance, others do not. Our team will ensure that you are matched with a person whose level of need fits best with your lifestyle.
- How long is the commitment to have the person live with me?
A. Our goal, through our comprehensive matching process, is to ensure that you and the person who comes to live with you know each other well and will be able to live together comfortably. Some of our most successful placements have lasted for decades, while others have lasted a few years and then either the host or the individual’s needs change and the placement ends. Many past hosts continue with their life-long friendship with the individual they supported.
- How many individuals can I (or my family) have living with me (us) at one time?
A. This is up to each Host to determine if one, two or three individuals work best for them. The State of Arizona licensing requirements limit a host to no more than 3. Generally, Host Home providers serve one or two people at a time and each person must have his or her own bedroom.
- Would the person who lives with me have other family members involved in his or her life?
A. The answer is possibly. While many of the people we serve have family and friends who are actively involved in their lives, others may not. We will help you work with the family involved until you are comfortable.
- Will friends and family of the person I support be able to “drop by” unannounced?
A. Just as your family and friends drop by unexpectedly, the family and friends of the person you support—or your coordinator may stop by without calling first. However, this should not happen often and if unplanned visits become a concern, Marc staff is there to assist you with a solution workable for everyone.
- Will I be able to take a vacation? What if I need to go out of town or have a family emergency?
A. We know that everyone needs a vacation from time-to-time. Marc staff will assist you in developing a relationship with support staff who can provide this relief. Sometimes, Marc’s coordinator may arrange for the individual to stay with another family for a short time, in the home of a respite provider or someone may come into your home to provide temporary support if appropriate for you. In case of emergency or crisis situations, our staff will be there to make the necessary arrangements.
- What will the individual do during the day?
A. Most individuals who choose to live in a host home may also have a job, work training or a day program they participate in 30-40 hours a week. There are occasions when the individual is not appropriate for a work or day program, however, Marc’s coordinator will discuss this before any match meetings take place. Our Marc staff will work with you and your family to be sure that the desires, needs, and preferences of the individual who comes to live with you can be supported by your life style.
- Can I have a job and still be a Host?
A. Host Home providers are allowed to have a part or full time job away from their host duties. Marc staff will answer any questions about this arrangement. For many Hosts, they drop their individual off at their employment or day program site on their way to work and pick them up after work.
- What if the person who lives with me has to leave later or gets home earlier than I do?
A. During the matching process, the coordinator takes into consideration both the Host’s and the individual’s daily schedules and routines. Many primary Host Home providers benefit from having a secondary Host Home provider who is also trained and certified to provide support and back-up when you have other commitments.
- Am I responsible for transportation?
A. Transportation to such things as doctors’ appointments, employment/day program participation, recreational outings or other social activities is the Host’s responsibility.
- What am I responsible for buying for this person?
A. Generally, a Host is responsible for providing nutritious meals and snacks, basic personal care and hygiene supplies such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste. Items such as clothing, shoes, bedding and furnishings for the bedroom will come from the individual’s personal spending money. Hosts are responsible for their own housing costs, utilities, cell or land line telephone and cable costs. The individual is responsible if they want their own cell phone or TV connection.
- Who manages the individual’s money and personal property?
A. Marc and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides specific guidelines for the assisting with an individual’s personal spending money and personal property.
For more answers to questions:
Contact Denise Phelan-Propst at 480-969-3800 Ext. 117 Or Shane Allen at Ext 119