Group Home Setting

For information about group home arrangements in Massachusetts, which are typically funded privately or by the Department of Developmental Services or the Department of Mental Health, please contact:

Steve Mendoza
Director of Residential Services
978.353.3480 Ext. 1205
smendoza@ippi.org

Group Home Setting

man gardeningSmall group homes are an ideal setting for people who depend to some degree on others for company and companionship, and assistance in most aspects of life. Situated in good neighborhoods throughout the north central Worcester area, they provide fully staffed round the clock supports to three or four individuals. Residents have their own private bedrooms that they decorate as they wish with personal belongings, family photos, and memorabilia such as coffee mugs from Red Sox games, high school graduation pendants, and prizes won at Eastern State Exposition visits. People build their weekly schedules around the activities of daily living they need to accomplish, work or day program, plans for leisure activities, grocery shopping, outings with others, family visits and appointments. People form relationships with their staff who accompany them, and serves as liaisons with community-based health care providers, pharmacies, the local post office and dry cleaners, clubs and organizations such as Weight Watchers and the local gym or YMCA, and religious affiliations. Residents annually construct their Individual Service Plans (ISPs) to spell out what areas of skill development they wish to focus on, and what parts of their lives they hope to change over the course of the next twelve months.

Typically they may elect to broaden their leisure and recreational pursuits, meet new people and form new friendships, or work on personal health and wellness goals. Behavioral treatment plans help people target areas that may be barriers to participation in the community or to growth accomplishment in particular skill areas. People are assisted in keeping track of their progress by self-monitoring or counting on the observations of residential staff who take daily notes about targeted areas.

women young elderlyGroup home living emphasizes the most important aspects of human development and functioning, among which are:

  • Safety and support in an environment that seeks to help people maximize their independence and autonomy;
  • Personal control of daily schedules and activities based on people’s interests and preferences;
  • Ongoing skill development that permits people to consider moving to increasingly more independent living arrangements;
  • Personal satisfaction and happiness achieved in part from rewarding social connections;
  • Participation in a community of like-minded people at home and in activities in one’s neighborhood;
  • Connection and communication with one’s family and old friends;
  • Opportunities for personal growth and the experience of self-confidence;
  • The formation of stable interpersonal attachments and, for many, the benefits of a having a “second family.”

“To all of you who work with and care about Drew, thank you a million times over for your dedication and commitment to helping him make his life purposeful and enjoyable. It takes a special heart to work with people with the kind of disabilities Drew has. I feel blessed that he is surrounded by so many angels ready to give of themselves from their ‘special hearts.’” -Drew’s sister, Louise