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Caring For and Supporting Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Foster Care

Central California is home to many individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2015, over 12% of the population lived with a disability. Across the country, nearly 7.5 million individuals. live with an intellectual or developmental disability. Our community members deserve the same care, attention, and support as any other adult. However, because of their phfreeysical and mental limitations, many need extra support to help them reach their full potential and achieve their goals. Keep reading to learn more about adult foster care in California and how it can help individuals with developmental disabilities lead successful lives.

What is an In-Home Foster Care Provider?

They provide personal care services to individuals with developmental disabilities who don’t need to live in a hospital or group home situation. An in-home foster care provider manages this business from home and is an independent contractor, not an employee. The care provider should have access to reliable transportation, basic computer skills, and pass a background check before working with clients. At Family Options, our professional staff provides the training necessary to meet the needs of the developmentally disabled adult living in your home.

How Do Care Providers Help Clients?

Care providers service the individual needs of their clients by assisting them with everyday tasks, such as:

  • Meals
  • Medication
  • Money management
  • Recreational activities
  • Taking them to doctor appointments
  • Communicating any concerns to their doctors

Maintaining meticulous records of all engagements and operations related to the client is also essential. Family Options’ homes also offer additional support specific to the client’s needs, such as physical limitations or emotional support.

What Should I Consider Before Becoming a Care Provider?

If you are interested in becoming an in-home foster provider for adults with developmental disabilities in Central Valley California, there are specific considerations you should consider. These include:

  • Ensuring that your home meets safety requirements set by state regulations
  • Having adequate transportation available for doctor visits
  • Being aware of the legal responsibilities associated with caring for adults in a foster home setting
  • Maintaining proper documentation for each client interaction
  • Understanding the state agency’s process of making reimbursement payments regulates these services

Caring for adults with developmental disabilities living in family foster-based homes requires patience and dedication from both parties involved—the care provider and patience on behalf of both parties involved; these individuals can live happy lives supported by those who truly understand their unique needs.

If you are ready to become a care provider, please contact Family Options today! We would love to discuss how we can help support your efforts while providing quality care services to our clients here in California.