Family Caregivers


If your heart is big enough, your home will be, too.

Are you looking for an opportunity to keep your family together? Is your loved one with a developmental disability aging out of educational supports? Would you appreciate earning a reliable, tax-free wage for providing loving care right in your own home?

As a Christian organization that provides homes so people with developmental disabilities can live the lives they want, Bethesda ensures families have the knowledge, skills and resources needed to support a loved one at home. Our Family Caregiver program honors families who desire to stay at home, together.

Interested in learning more how Bethesda helps families care for their loved ones across the country? Let’s talk!
 

Qualifying providers

Bethesda’s providers share our high standards and appreciate our mission to enhance the lives of people with disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.

In addition to sharing those values, our providers meet key criteria, including:

  • Have a sincere interest in helping people achieve personal goals
  • Have a flexible schedule
  • Are willing to make a long-term commitment
  • Have good references
  • Are age 21 or older
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass a home inspection
  • Possess good verbal, reading and written communication in English, basic math skills and basic computer skills
  • Carry and maintain a valid driver’s license and a clear driving record
  • Carry and maintain current homeowner’s or renter’s and vehicle insurance
  • Carry and maintain medical liability insurance

Previous experience in working with people with developmental disabilities is a plus, but not required. Bethesda providers are independent contractors, not employees, of Bethesda.

 

Training providers

Initial and ongoing training allows Bethesda’s Shared Living providers to capably and confidently care for a person with developmental disabilities.

Our training includes:

  • An initial overview, with specific important information about care for people with developmental disabilities, providing spiritual support, administrative procedures and expectations, in several sessions that total 12 to 14 hours. The sessions are held online and in person
  • Setting up and maintain a safe home environment
  • Documenting and reporting care processes, results and unusual events
  • Healthcare basics, including CPR, first aid and medication administration
  • Assisting with budgeting and financial management of the person you support
  • Understanding the rights of the person you support

 

Supporting Family Caregivers

Family Caregivers earn a professional, tax-free wage. We support you from a local, regional office, where you can access expert help.

Support options include:

  • Creating a support plan that helps keep your family together and provides a fulfilling, enriching life at home
  • Accessing support from a Bethesda direct support professional, who is trained and equipped to provide care
  • Connecting you to other Bethesda services including faith supports, employment support, nursing support, respite care and day programs, as well as local groups, transportation options, respite care and other helpful resources

 

Local Homes

We are expanding our network of Family Caregiver Homes across the United States.