For parents, guardians, and other family members of disabled children and adults, choosing a group home can be a monumentous and scary decision. Many people may be reluctant to make the decision to relocate their child or loved one to a group home, but often it is the best thing for all parties involved, as good group homes can provide a high level of care, reduce the stress on family members, and provide reassurance to families that their loved one will be taken care of should anything happen to them.
However, despite all of the positive benefits, choosing a group home is still a difficult decision. In addition to the heavy emotional burden it brings, navigating the world of group homes and choosing one that is high quality and best fits your loved one’s needs can also be a confusing and mentally taxing process for someone unfamiliar with group homes. As with other types of health-care providers, group homes vary a great deal in quality. Many are wonderfully run, with caring and attentive staffs and excellent facilities and resources to take care of their residents’ needs and ensure the highest quality of life possible. However, others are poorly run, with overworked staff members, run-down facilities, and an environment that fosters abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to tell the difference on your first visit.
If you are considering a group home option in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale or elsewhere in Maricopa County or Arizona, you should thoroughly research and investigate facilities before making a decision and remain actively vigilant to ensure your loved one receives the highest quality care possible and is not a victim of abuse or neglect.
If it is determined that a group home is the best option for your loved one, you should begin by consulting with your loved one’s support network, including health care providers, teachers, family members, and other loved ones to decide what your loved one’s needs are and what you are looking for in group home. Each person is different and will have a specific set of needs that will need to be met.
In addition to looking for a home that fits your specific needs, it is also important to look for facilities that are high quality and foster an environment of respect and dignity. Here are a few things to look out for:
Even after you have chosen a group home, it is important to stay vigilant and constantly monitor the home to ensure that they are meeting your loved one’s needs and not participating in abuse and neglect. The reality of group homes is often different from what you see on first viewing, no matter how thorough you are. In addition, even if it is a top-notch home, all it takes is one uncaring or negligent staff member for abuse to happen.
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