Sharing More Than a Home

In Structured Family Caregiving, our trained caregivers welcome individuals with disabilities into their homes and involve them in their everyday family lives.

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About Structured Family Caregiving

In comparing shared living to other programs or providers, here are some things to consider:

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  • Structured family caregiving is ideal for people who want to live in a family environment. The caregiver, also known as a householder, provides supervision and support to the individual as well as integrating him or her into the family. They share meals, attend events, and spend time in a family setting.
  • Compared to other supported living settings with different staff taking various shifts, the householder can develop a deeper relationship with the individuals they support. This consistent level of care can help prevent or resolve concerns such as health issues or behavior changes.
  • Householders must respond to the needs of the adult entrusted to their care; collaborate with the case manager, family, physician, Easterseals Arc caseworker, and any others involved in the individual’s support team; help the individual stay active and engaged in social and community activities; record daily notes regarding the individual’s progress toward goals; and attend client team meetings quarterly or as needed.
  • The householder and prospective care recipient meet and learn about each other before placement to ensure a successful transition.
  • All householders receive extensive training and must meet the qualifications of our Direct Support Professionals, and although they can be a family member of the individual, they cannot be the individual’s spouse or legal guardian.
  • Homes and householders are certified by Easterseals Arc prior to placing an individual in the home.
  • All staff are CPR-certified and trained on first aid and dispensing medication. Also, each staff member is trained on each individual’s specific information.
  • For more information on becoming a householder, contact Brittany Prickett at

Service Locations

Easterseals Arc

For more information about services at Easterseals Arc in Fort Wayne, please contact Aimee Green at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

4919 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Easterseals RISE in Angola

For more information about services at Easterseals RISE, please contact Aimee Green at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

1600 Wohlert St, Angola, IN 46703

Easterseals Passages

For more information on services at Easterseals Passages, please contact Aimee Green at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

333 N Oak St, Columbia City, IN 46725

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We look forward to helping you create a support plan with the services that meet your unique needs.

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