The residents of most group homes are there because of their limited ability to properly care for themselves. Their limited intellectual ability means that most have little value in their lives. They and/or their carers have to seek all possible avenues which have the potential to enhance their quality of life. One of these avenues might be to have a pet.
This might seem quite simple, but not within DHS Victoria. Having a pet is a major concern for direct care staff. Most of whom say, “We have too much to do, to have the bother of a pet. So whether a resident or residents have a pet, is directly dependent on the view of the direct care staff. That is why most DHS group homes are considered to be hostels.