Group Home

Group Homes are operated by many local community organizations under the supervision of Regional Centers for those with developmental disabilities.

The Group Home is a generally well-known service. Group Homes are operated by many local community organizations under the supervision of Regional Centers for those with developmental disabilities. When the child reaches the age of 16 years, parents can visit many places after consultation with Regional Centers and select a Group Home carefully.

Room and board and meals at a Group Home are covered by SSI of individual disabilities. Regional Centers cover live-in instructional professionals, education and programs for communal social activities and independent living, and/or behavior modification programs. However, to maintain quality living at a Group Home, it is encouraged that families, friends, and relatives visit those with disabilities at Group Homes or those with disabilities visit their families, friends, and relatives to spend time together for social interactions.

Depending on the need, the ratio between those with disabilities and the staff is 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3. For those with severe disabilities, one staff person takes care of one person with disabilities, or one staff person for three with disabilities. Of course, a ratio of 1:1 is better. However, in cases of the ratio being 1:2 or 1:3, the individual with disabilities can have social interactions with others and opportunities for independent decision-making and practice. In cases of the ratio being 1:1 without "freedom," the individual should have severe disabilities. Otherwise, this low ratio is to be avoided.

There are various living environments available other than the Group Home, depending on the degree of the disabilities or the scope of living. These various living environments can be determined through consultation with Regional Centers, visiting these facilities, and carefully inspecting them for their care of disabled children.