Live in institutions are bettering the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities through constant daily care along with receiving therapies and interventions, one of them being various forms of behavioral therapy.
It has been proven through group-homes that give quality support to individuals with autism and other mental disabilities better quality of life outcomes, according to the journal Culture in Better Group Homes for People With Intellectual Disability at Severe Level (Beadle-Brown, Bigbly, 2016).
Through this care, some individuals if capable are able to gain the necessary skills to eventually become more self-sufficient and move back with family members or other independent living situations.
“Through group-homes, individuals with autism are able to receive psychical, occupational, behavioral, and more interventions,” said Lucille Lore, Public Health Nurse Advior, Nurse Executive, RN, MSN, and former Public Health Nurse Advisor for a group-home organization. ‘These individuals are treated to a home setting with personal care attendants who cook, clean, and provide the ultimate care in order to insure residents gain self-independence while still receiving the care they need.”
Behavioral specialist, as well as a list of healthcare specialists provides the interventions to residents that aid in the development for individuals with autism, and their ultimate goal is for residents to work in their highest potential.
This intervention is also given through support services, which are provided by the group-home such as various employment opportunities within the group-home organization.
‘One of the things the organization does is make their own natural, nontoxic cleaning agents to that are used to clean the organization’s group-houses. The organization employs residents who are higher functioning to bottle and label the chemicals, and the residents get paid for it all while still living at the group-home,” said Lore. “The organization also has a transition to work program, outside employment programs, day community, respite, education, and after-school support.”
Some of the other behavioral therapies and interventions provided through group-homes to residents are through pet and equine-assisted therapy.
“The organization is partnered with a horse ranch where the residents take care of horses and ride them on a daily basis,” said Lore. “The organization is also now working on a pet therapy program where residents can train rescue dogs, which is extremely therapeutic for the residents who are participating.”
Studies have shown that individuals with developmental disabilities who participate in social activities had gained social engagement skills and this includes group-home environments as an influence in bettering behavioral and social skills, according to the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research article The impact of individual and organizational factors on engagement of individuals with intellectual disability living in community group homes: multilevel model.