Group homes provide up to 24 hours of support seven days a week.
A group home is a typical suburban house with four to six bedrooms and is located in a local community. The location is usually accessible to services and supports to meet client needs, including family or social support, transport, commercial services, education, medical, employment and recreational facilities. This option is designed to suit a range of ages and needs including people with additional support needs such as challenging behaviours and complex health needs.
The group homes are staffed by disability workers and support people with disability who are unable to live independently or with their family, even with support. The staffing level is based on the assessed need of the group of people living in the home.
Group homes provide people with the support they need to increase their independence, achieve personal goals and to live full and productive lives.
Who is eligible for a group home placement?
Information on eligibility requirements for a group home placement can be found in the Allocation of places in supported accommodation policy and procedures (PDF). Contact can also be made with your local Information, Referral and Intake service for more information on eligibility requirements.
What services do group home staff provide?
Staff in group homes work with people and support them to:
- stay healthy and safe
- develop a person-centred lifestyle plan
- develop and maintain friendships and social relationships
- participate in household routines
- maintain personal care
- plan and be assisted to access recreation programs
- plan for leisure activities and holidays
- participate in community activities
- develop and maintain skills for independent living
- access services that promote health and wellbeing.
People's rights in group homes
- being treated with dignity, respect, honesty and courtesy
- having their own bedroom
- sharing the common areas of the house, except for the other bedrooms
- having access to meaningful activities (community participation) and presence including individual and group outings
- retaining personal possessions
- having a safe, secure and stable environment
- developing or improving and maintaining appropriate interpersonal behaviours and communication skills
- receiving accurate, consistent, timely and clear information
- maintaining privacy and confidentiality of all personal information
- having their cultural, religious, values, beliefs and sexual orientation being respected
- being supported by experienced staff.
Specialist Supported Living
Specialist Supported Living (SSL) is a state-wide nursing service which provides a standard of excellence in care for people with complex needs. Specialised models of support are available for people with an intellectual disability in relation to:
- Ageing - the person presents with complex age-related support needs or is experiencing the onset of age-related changes and is at very high risk of experiencing an acute event due to complex support needs.
- Behaviour - the person has significant challenging behaviours, complex behaviour support needs and/or related mental health needs.
- Health - the person presents with multiple health needs that have a cumulative impact on their health, and is at very high risk of experiencing an acute event due to complex support needs.
SSL provides contemporary accommodation, planned therapeutic placements, and respite services based on a person centred approach. SSL services support the principles of the Disability Services Act 1993 (the DSA) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the UN Convention).
SSL services are for people who are/can not be adequately supported in their current accommodation setting due to the complexity of their support needs. SSL services respond to individuals support needs and interests in a home like setting where opportunities to learn new skills and participate in community life are supported and facilitated.
SSL services provide an environment where:
- Intensive person centred support is delivered by specialist clinical staff with experience in the management of complex needs.
- Staffing levels and specialist expertise are consistent.
- Individuals have immediate access to nursing and other specialised clinical support.
- Individuals are assisted to develop the skills they need to work towards their goals, increase their independence and participate as valued and active members of the community.
Application Process for an SSL service
Requests for placement in an SSL service should clearly demonstrate how each eligibility criteria is met, include all the supporting documentation and a recommendation that a placement with an SSL service is the most appropriate option for this person and needs to be endorsed by the Family/Guardian, District Director/Executive Director and Manager Information Referral and Intake or Chief Executive Officer/Manager LRC.
Eligibility and access to SSL accommodation services for people with complex support needs: