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What is the goal of a Group Home?
Group homes provide a home for individuals who need assistance with a variety of daily care needs. It is the goal of the group home to provide necessary services for individuals to live as independently as possible. Direct Care Staff must respect and honor the uniqueness and choices of each consumer and allow individuals to be involved in decisions that impact their lives. The following general rules should be followed when working with consumers of a group home:
Respect each consumer as an individual by calling him/her by name rather than by their disability.
Ask the consumer what he/she wants and needs, his/her preferences, likes and dislikes.
Know each consumer’s health conditions so you can know how to appropriately encourage physical and social independence.
Emphasize what the resident likes and can do rather than his/her deficits or difficulties.
Encourage each consumer to be active in his/her care, both physically and in making decisions.
Acknowledge the consumer’s cultural traditions, memories, experiences and values.
Ask the consumer if he/she wants help rather than just doing it for him/her.
Treat the consumer with respect in the tone of your voice and in your behavior toward him/her.
Provide privacy to each resident when dressing and bathing; knock and ask before entering a consumer’s bedroom.
Don’t talk to the consumer as if he/she was a child. Speak with respect in an adult manner.
In providing care in a group home setting, it is important to try to help consumers to feel respected and independent. They may not be able to do everything for themselves, but they can make decisions about how much others help them.
Remember to assist consumer in living their own lives by being independent and allowing them to control as much as they can. Simple choices help consumer maintain control within safe bounds. To conclude this does not mean ignoring chores and duties necessary because the consumer cannot do themselves.