Group Homes Australia offers a fresh approach to dementia and aged care. The model is less expensive than supported living and offers more social and individualised care. It is ideal for people who need more assistance than a nursing home can offer. The homes are located in suburbia in Australia and can accommodate six to ten residents.
Group Homes Australia is a new model of aged and dementia care
Rather than a traditional aged care facility, Group Homes Australia offers an experiential model of aged care. The care in each home is customised to the abilities and preferences of each resident. Using a combination of technology and hands-on care, residents experience a homely and friendly atmosphere. They can participate in daily activities and socialise with their new friends. Residents can also visit with family members.
The homes have limited numbers of residents, with a one-to-three staff-to-resident ratio. They are situated within welcoming neighbourhoods, blending in with the community. The staff are highly trained, with Certificate 3 in aged care and Dementia Care training. They are also trained in First Aid, food safety, and behaviour management.
It’s cheaper than supported living
A recent study compared the cost of group homes and supported living arrangements. It found that group homes were cheaper on average per person per year and were associated with improved outcomes for residents. The Group Homes Australia study was conducted among 31 residents of supported living facilities and a control sample of 397 individuals in 96 group homes. Of the 31 residents in supported living facilities, 29 were matched with individuals in group homes.
The cost difference between supported living and group homes is substantial. It should be considered when developing funding, commissioning, and service development policies. It should also be taken into account in individualised planning decisions. Nevertheless, the cost difference may not be a deterrent for all individuals. In addition, some of the residents in supported living facilities may be able to live independently, so there should be an option to move into group homes if they want to.
It’s more individualised
As the number of Australians with intellectual disability increases, the need for personalised housing increases as well. Group homes are often not flexible enough to cater to individual needs, leaving people with intellectual disabilities alone, isolated and vulnerable. Advocates have called for more flexible and creative housing solutions to improve quality of life and reduce isolation. Initially, group homes were a transitional phase from residential care to independent living. But they quickly became an end in themselves. The system has vested interests that have hijacked its purpose.
Group Homes Australia take a multidisciplinary approach to care, involving clinical and social workers. The Salesforce system allows everyone to stay up-to-date. Carers can easily view social worker notes and add their own insights, while residents can access all the relevant information in one place.
It’s more social
Group homes are a good option for people with severe disabilities who lack social skills and are reluctant to leave their homes. These homes allow residents to participate in activities such as day services, community activities, and even workplaces. Residents of group homes may also spend some time in local public schools or parks and recreation programs. The staff of a group home works closely with the school’s principal and teachers to ensure that residents make good academic and behavioral progress. Group homes also allow residents to earn privileges through a token economy or level system. These privileges increase as residents follow the rules of the group home. Furthermore, group homes allow residents to interact with their families, neighbors, co-workers, and schoolmates.
The concept of group homes has been around for decades. They were a good alternative for people with disabilities when large institutions closed down. However, the model is no longer the best choice for supporting people with disabilities today. As a result, it is important to promote social inclusion and support for people with disabilities to find the best housing solutions for their needs.