Group Effort of Tennessee
Frequently Asked Questions


The first step in the enrollment process is to reach out to our staff. We’ll schedule an on site evaluation to discuss care options and goals and then create a customized care plan specifically fitting your loved one.

Absolutely! We value the importance of family and welcome guests in our family model residences. Our clients share common areas with their caregivers or you may choose to visit in your family member’s private room.

Yes, our Group Effort Family Model caregivers help take our clients to day programs, doctor appointments, shopping, church and other activities as needed.

The cost varies from person to person depending on the level of service needed as well as what assistance is provided by our clients’ insurance provider or from programs like Choices. Our staff is happy to discuss the specifics of your situation.

We currently accept Amerigroup, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and United Health Care.

Depending on the individual’s specific needs, the Group Effort Family Living Model can be a one-on-one situation or in some cases residents may live with up to two other housemates. No more than three residents can live in one home.

Yes, our personalized matching process will pair you with a family that is willing to accept pets if you wish to bring your furry family member with you.

Family Model is a term for a residential program for the elderly or people with disabilities who choose to live in a home other than that of their family of origin. The person becomes a part of that family and participates in all family functions and activities. Family Model Providers support and assist residents with daily living skills and other individual needs in a manner similar to the Supported Living residential program, however, the Family Model service is provided in the caregiver’s personal home. Living with a family is a good choice for many people with developmental and physical disabilities and can be a rewarding and meaningful experience for all those involved. A warm and caring family environment not only allows more relaxed schedules and increased independence, but also develops close bonds and establishes valuable relationships that will last a lifetime. Pre-screened and trained family model providers are selected by the individual or his/her guardian/conservator. A dedicated team of local professionals provide guidance and facilitate the provision of all supports needed.

We’ve tried provide as much information regarding Group Effort and our services here on the website, but there’s so much to share! If there’s a question we haven’t answered, you’d like to speak to someone about enrolling in one of our programs, or you’d just like a bit more detail, please do not hesitate to call us at 615-499-4659 or fill out the contact form on our site.


Group Effort caregivers must be at least 18 years of age. Group Effort runs extensive criminal background checks on all Family Model Providers. All caregivers are also required to have a valid driver’s license, pass a drug screening, TB skin test, and have two years of previous experience as a caregiver or in a related field. Group Effort provides training to anyone providing care to our clients. These trainings will be ongoing and Family Model Providers are required to be re-certified annually.

The answer is actually, it depends. The process can be completed as quickly as two days or it can take up to 60 days. Several factors go into the process and the speed of approval depends on the potential caregiver’s previous training and current certifications.

No more than three residents are allowed in any one Family Model home.

If an issue arises, please contact your case manager for assistance.

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