LISA... is a parent support and lobby group, for parents and families with a family member having an intellectual or multiple disability, and living in a supported accommodation group home in the State of Victoria, Australia.
(We are interested in feedback on the following, via our regular Email addresses or mail if you wish anonymously. Our mail address is on this website)
What makes a “Supported Accommodation Group Home” – Good?
In general terms:
A supported accommodation group home means: “A regular house in the community, with up to six residents having an intellectual or multiple disability, and a number of support staff depending on resident needs”.
Service providers try to ensure the residents are reasonably compatible, to help ensure care level and quality is balanced between all residents, and that residents complement each other.
The type and level of care must be related to the residents’ ability, and directly proportional to their needs.
Direct Care Staff:
Need to be qualified, trained, motivated and remunerated to self monitor outcome expectations of care being provided in accordance with community expectations of the care of vulnerable people, and in accordance with recognised service provider and government care policies, standards and values.
Need to have an attitude that the group home is the residents’ long term home, and not primarily their workplace.
Need to consider the residents as their second family.
Need to work as a team.
Need to adopt a balanced role between domestic duties and the need to interact with residents
Factors of Care:
Care is fundamentally within two factors: “Basic Care” and “Quality of Life Care”
Basic care: Is that of providing basic human needs – Food and Drink, Sleep, Hygiene, clothing etc.
Quality of life care: Is that of ensuring the person has as meaningful a lifestyle as their ability will allow, through interaction, developmental and social activities by direct care staff providing person centered active support and positive behaviour support.
Care must be “Quality of Life” not “Basic Minder Care