What is a host home provider?
A host home provider (HHP) is someone who is passionate about supporting others in their daily lives, specifically, adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Host home providers are responsible for ensuring that the individual in services basic needs are met including, but not limited to: providing meals, ensuring the individual’s hygiene is maintained, supporting the individual with their medical needs, and working with the individual to increase their independent skills so that they can be an active member of the community.
The environment is very flexible and person centered. With this, you can be a single provider in a 2 bedroom apartment supporting someone, or you, could have your own family with an extra bedroom in your home.
Each individual has different wants and needs and we work with you to find the best match for your lifestyle!
Supporting someone in your home, also comes with the responsibility of ensuring their care needs are met 24/7. Don’t worry though, we have services and supports to help ensure you get the break you need in order to be successful!
To qualify to serve an individual in their home they must meet the following requirements: 21 years of age or older, pass criminal and driving background checks, have room within their home to provide the individual in services with their own space.
From there, providers will work with their residential team to complete necessary documentation and trainings, which includes CPR/First Aid, QMAP for medication administration, Blood Borne Pathogens Training, and Non-Violent Crisis Interventions for verbal and physical de-escalation techniques.
How much do host home providers make in Colorado?
Providers do not work with individuals to get just a paycheck, rather they are making a long term investment in supporting individuals in increasing their quality of life through learning more skills and integrating with their surrounding community.
Though we do understand that with these many responsibilities, compensation is an important aspect to be able to provide quality care. Many HHPs do not have out of the home jobs, not because they do not have time to, but because they receive competitive compensation which provides them financial freedom to stay home.
Services are paid to providers through daily rates referred to as difficulty of care payments, the best part of this payment is that qualifies as tax free income!
The services and supports that a Host Home Provider is expected to provide can vary widely based on the needs of the individual in services. Individuals’ needs may include support ranging from hands on assistance to reminders with tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication administration, behavior support, and accessing the community.
Compensation for the provider is determined based on a standard assessment administered through the state called a Support Intensity Scale (SIS). The SIS assessment is administered by a certified professional, and results in a SIS score between 1–6 that determines the daily residential daily rate for the individual. Host Home Providers receive compensation based on this SIS level that can range from an estimated $1390/month-$4830/month.
Room & Board
In addition to the daily rate, individuals in services may receive Social Security benefits which are used in part to make a monthly Room & Board payment to their Host Home Provider. This amount is evaluated by the Social Security Administration on an annual basis. In 2021 this amount is $700.
With the compensation received, Host Home Providers are expected to provide all necessary supports to the individual to ensure their residential needs are met, including providing meals to the individual, and to support individuals in accessing additional services, medical visits, and engaging in their community.
Interested in taking the next step? Apply to become a provider here: https://www.samplesupports.com/become-a-host-home-provider.html