Mum worries about her 3 year old at kinder! Are they doing anything, or is it just minder care? But the little one can tell Mum …
Mum worries far more about her 33 year old with little ability and no meaningful communications, living in a government group home!
So what has mum to worry about with her 33 year old? It’s all about, “Who Cares”.
Who cares about those special things mothers do so well for their vulnerable family member, whether he or she be 3 or 33.
In most group homes it is the person’s key worker who is supposed to emulate the person’s parent – take care of the person’s special needs.
Those who can do little for themselves, need someone to take special care of them …
- Proper showering and bathing.
- Food prepared and presented nicely.
- Dressed well in good and well fitting clothes and shoes – not stained and shabby clothes with buttons missing and/or dirty unkempt shoes.
- Having good bed linen – not with a pillow like a biscuit.
- Teeth cared for properly (brushed at least twice per day) – regular visits to the dentist
- Feet cared for properly – taken to a podiatrist regularly.
- Any skin damage or bruises attended to immediately
- Ears checked regularly by a GP
- Taken to a GP as and when needed, not just as and when convenient to staff.
Yes, we know there are many more, but we feel this shows the concerns most parents have in respect to group homes. And why many parents look to ‘Self-Directed Approaches” through ISPs. Nevertheless, not everyone has the health or energy for SDA, and must resort to a group home.