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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Becoming a Family Care Home

Family Care Home providers help adults with intellectual disabilities live a full and rich life

Are you an experienced, confident caregiver to adults with disabilities?  Do you work at a job like nursing or teaching and want to do more with your skills? Do you care deeply that adults with disabilities enjoy the fullest, richest lives possible? Are you flexible and well organized? If the answer to these questions is yes, consider becoming a Family Care Home provider for Lutheran Family Services of Virginia.

Family Care Home SM providers make it possible for individuals with intellectual disabilities to live abundant and independent lives in their communities. In your Family Care Home, you provide a nurturing family setting in which individuals can accomplish their goals for medical, dietary, personal care and daily living needs.

We understand that becoming a Family care Home is a big step, and that in many ways it is similar to starting your own business. That is where the compassionate and skilled staff of Lutheran Family Services comes in. We walk with you along every step of the way, through training, getting your home approved, creating a support plan for our individual and managing the paperwork. And, then we continue to provide monthly support to help you create an environment where your individual can thrive.

Deciding to become a Family Care Home is a big decision, and we know that you won’t make it overnight. And, in case you were not aware, this rewarding opportunity is also available to families who are currently caring for a family member with intellectual disabilities.

To find out more about what is involved in becoming a Family Care Home and the salary, please call 1.800.359.3834 or email info@lfsva.org. We welcome your calls and questions.

And, if you would like to read about the experiences of Family Care Home providers, go here.

To see a copy of our application, click here.

Why there is a growing need for Family Care Homes

Because four of Virginia’s five state institutions for individuals with intellectual disabilities will start closing next year and their residents moved to community settings, it is critical that our communities have housing and services in place to make this transition a success.

Family Care Homes do just this. By providing care, support and a home to individuals with intellectual disabilities, Family Care providers help adults live a full life in a family setting.

Our communities need people willing to undertake this fulfilling job.  Right now about 1,000 people live in the state’s training centers, plus many more are on a waiting list for this type of supported care.

Most individuals who live in Family Care Homes have a Medicaid waiver, which funds state and federal services that help disabled people live in the community instead of long-term care facilities.

The good news is that as the centers close over the next eight years, Virginia will create more than 4,000 new Medicaid waivers that will serve those moving out of training centers and also those waiting for services in the community. Our communities must be ready with services and supports in place.

We hope you will consider this opportunity, one that is not only rewarding on a personal level, but makes our communities more welcoming and just places. You can find out more about the Department of Justice decision and Virginia’s response here.


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