A group home is a private residence model of medical care for those with complex health needs. Traditionally, the model has been used for children or young people who cannot live with their families, people with chronic disabilities who may be adults or seniors, or people with dementia and related aged illnesses. Typically, there are no more than six residents, and there is at least one trained caregiver there 24 hours a day. The group homes highlighted in news articles in the late s and s,  and by the late s, have been cited internationally as a symbol or emblem of the community movement. Group homes are one category in a broader array, spectrum, continuum, or services systems plan for residential community services or Long-Term Services and Supports LTSS.
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Fifty years ago, most people with even moderate special needs were institutionalized throughout their adult lives. Now, thanks in part to societal changes and decades of litigation, most people with special needs, including those with very severe special needs, live in some type of community setting. In fact, the U. Supreme Court has specifically ruled that people with special needs who receive government benefits must be housed in the least restrictive possible setting.
Skip to content Ontario. Community agencies provide different residential accommodations that help people with a developmental disability. These include:. In addition to these existing supports, the Developmental Services Housing Task Force is helping to expand the range of housing options and choices for adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario. People with a developmental disability and their families work with community agencies to find the kind of residential accommodation that works best for them.
Group homes are homes in the community where a disability service provider both maintains and controls a household as well as coordinates the supports for those who live in the home. What has been made clear is that the quality of the service provider, the training of their staff, and their commitment to the residents is largely dependent on the particular group home provider. A: Group homes aka Adult Residential Facilities are homes for adults with developmental disabilities.