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Is Shared Living Right for Me?

A variety of living arrangements are possible depending upon the needs and wishes of the person served. Our person-centred residential model offers an opportunity for individuals to achieve an ideal balance of support and independence based on their unique goals and preferences. Support is flexible and evolves according to the individual’s changing needs. In a Shared Living arrangement, homes may be owned, rented or leased by the shared living provider or by the individual requiring support. To learn more, please read our flyer for persons served and families.

Are You Interested in Becoming a Shared Living Provider?

In most situations, Shared Living involves very close relationships. The individuals share not only their physical space but also their lives, typically spending a lot of time together and being actively involved in each other’s daily activities. In other situations, the shared living arrangement is characterized by more independent relationships, with members coming together at specific times or for specific purposes. We welcome people from all cultures, socio-economic groups and family structures throughout the Metro Vancouver area. To enquire about becoming a shared living provider, please read our flyer and if interested, apply here.


Our respite program provides temporary relief for the primary caregivers, including contracted care providers, so that they can take a break from time to time, or as needed should an illness or emergency arise. Respite may be as short as a 24-hour period, but can also be for longer periods of time. We place individuals with screened respite care providers who share interests and activities with persons served, and who are willing to provide short-term support.

Our Role

posAbilities’ role is in oversight and management. We carefully facilitate the matching of qualified caregivers and persons seeking service. Next, we set up the contract, and then continue to monitor the quality of the service for its duration and liaise with our funder, Community Living BC. We have a team member on call 24/7 to provide assistance when needed.

Looking for another residential living service?

  • Supported Living Network – Community Support Workers assist a person with maintaining their independence at home, and in the community.
  • Staffed Residential Homes – May be suitable for a person with developmental disabilities who has consistent, and complex disability-related support needs.
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