Prior to the pandemic, a Familylinks client was pulled out of his life sharing home at the behest of his legal guardian, despite the client’s success in that setting. Even though the client had nowhere to go, his guardian had him removed by local sheriffs late on a Friday evening. Barb Davis, one of Familylinks’ supports coordinators, stepped in and was able to find a respite provider to take him that same evening. However, because the client receives services through a community living waiver that would not support an extended respite stay, Barb needed to quickly find him a new life share family.
To further complicate matters, the COVID-19 pandemic hit shortly after the client moved into respite, making it more difficult to find an appropriate life share provider. And the client’s guardian had very specific requirements about the living situation and expected to meet the family and tour the home. By conducting virtual meetings and introductions – and a drive-by of the new home with the guardian in a separate car – Barb was able to surmount all of these challenges and find the client a great life share family that met with the guardian’s approval.
Thanks to Barb’s quick response and extra efforts, the client is moving into his new home this month.