Group homes for adults with disabilities present individuals with opportunities to build life-long friendships, learn new skills, foster independence, and receive the medical attention they need in one location. Although there are a variety of living facilities for adults with special needs all across the world, not all of them provide residents with everything they need to live meaningful lives. Group homes are one of the best options for those looking to give their special needs loved ones a fresh start on life through education, career opportunities, and more.
If you are looking for a group home that will support and care for your special needs loved one, it’s important to keep a few things in mind while doing so. With unique challenges, disabled adults need a team of professionals to care for them while also giving them the chance to build independence and confidence on their own. When touring group homes, you need to ask yourself questions like: How experienced are the staff? Is the campus well kept and equipped for adults with special needs? What unique opportunities do residents have?
Oftentimes, group homes for adults with disabilities are called “live-work-play communities.” Group homes are unique, because they provide residents with the opportunity to hold a real full-time job that helps them develop intellectual and interpersonal communications skills.
At Baddour Center, residents who are employed have the same rights as any other employee established by the U.S. Department of Labor, meaning they receive a paycheck as long as they are employed. Baddour’s vocational team conducts VALPAR assessments which provide insight into which positions an individual might be a good fit for.
The Baddour Center offers job trials and tries to have a variety of jobs so that residents have the opportunity to do what they enjoy and are good at. We offer two different job opportunities which are:
Baddour Garden Center
Baddour Custom Packaging Center
Special needs group homes also present residents with ways to get involved in on and off-campus recreational activities. Health and wellness is especially important for our special needs loved ones. When touring facilities for your disabled loved one, look for recreational facilities. This is one of the best ways you can indicate how committed the campus is to provide your family member with a healthy and growing environment.
At Baddour Center, we have a variety of ways for residents to stay active while having fun. Our residents can choose what activities they want to participate in out of what is going on that day, listed in our Community Life calendar. Activities can include going to the movies, out to eat, the drive-thru safari park, Memphis Zoo, coffee shops, and paint parties. We also have fireworks displays on campus, visiting motorcycle or wrestling groups, and more.
Our fitness center has different types of equipment for residents to use, including weight-lifting equipment, treadmills, and more. Because adults with special needs face unique challenges, our expert staff will help your loved ones develop a customized fitness program that is built to see them exceed their fitness goals and expectations. The Special Olympics are another way Baddour Center helps our residents stay involved in recreational activities. Year after year, adults with disabilities get to experience playing on teams with their peers in a variety of sporting competitions, including:
Another thing to look for in a group home for special needs adults is educational programs. With so many resources and ways to further educational endeavors, we encourage each of our residents to continue pursuing academic subjects they find interesting. Group homes all across the country provide residents with educational opportunities.
At Baddour Center, we want to provide a large array of educational opportunities for residents to follow. From science and mathematics to reading and foreign languages, Baddour Center residents can find it all right here on campus. The Buckman Enrichment Activity Center is a place for residents to get involved in academic programs where they will learn reading, writing, basic math, and more.
Education at Baddour is a life-long opportunity. Residents are learning social cues from interns or during activities, independent living skills in a natural setting (how to separate clothes, how to adjust the machine when it's your time to do laundry at home, etc.), and more. Sometimes we have individual classes, such as reading and money management. We also have group classes teaching cooking, social skills, and more.
Social development and intellectual growth can be fostered through a variety of creative outlets for adults with special needs. Whether they love singing and dancing or learning a new skill, group homes offer ways for adults with disabilities to socialize with peers while improving social and behavioral skills.
Baddour Center has a few different programs for residents to get involved in to form a community group. We believe that fostering friendships and exploring the talents and interests of our residents is one way we are unique from other group homes. The creative outlet at Baddour Center are:
Performing and creative arts
Annual talent show
Singing at Chapel during worship on Sundays
Medical care is one of the most important aspects of a group home for adults with special needs. As a family member of a special needs adult, you want to know that your loved one is being cared for in all aspects of life. At group homes, medical care is on-site to keep residents safe 24/7.
Residents of Baddour have access to a Family Nurse Practitioner and licensed nursing personnel who provide medical care, administer medications, treat new and existing conditions, and address medical concerns. The Baddour Center is also able to provide emergency medical services to residents through local hospitals and facilities.
Nurses are available Monday through Friday and are also on-call after hours. Our goal is to keep residents as healthy as possible. We provide monthly health checks (check blood pressure/weight/ears, trim nails if needed), as well as offer transportation services for a fee to specialty doctor appointments (cardiologist, dentist, optometrist, etc.) if the family chooses to use that service.
Our team at Baddour Center is committed to providing special needs adults with a safe and supportive environment to help them continue growing intellectually, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Group homes are unique, because they provide residents with the ability to live, learn, work, worship, and play.
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Many adults with special needs live at home with family members or close friends. Living with a special needs adult comes with a variety of challenges and requires unique attention from everyone living in the home.
There are a variety of benefits to special needs adults living at home. Because disabled adults have unique challenges they face on a daily basis, close family often know these individuals better than anyone could ever learn to. Many adults with disabilities continue living at home with their parents and other close family.
One reason adults with special needs choose to live at home is to continue spending time with family. In many cases, disabled individuals feel most safe when they are around the people they have grown to know and love. Family members of special needs adults have learned to know exactly what their loved one needs throughout the day, making life a little bit less challenging.
Transition and change can trigger a variety of emotions and challenges. This is another reason many disabled adults continue living at home with family. Transitioning into a group home can be challenging for some. This can range from environmental changes, such as a new bedroom and possibly a roommate, to new routines and a changing schedule. However, with expert staff at Baddour Center, we are dedicated to making this transition as smooth and easy as possible for your family.
Although spending time with family at home is comfortable for most, there are a variety of disadvantages to be aware of when it comes to adults with disabilities living at home. Unlike group homes, living at home doesn’t allow adults with special needs to foster independence, build community, or interact with their peers.
Although some adults with special needs are given the opportunity to explore jobs, build friendships, and learn new skills with family, not everyone has the means to offer their loved one these experiences. While living in a group home, your special needs loved one will learn how to foster independence within themselves with the help of our well-equipped staff who are here to see them grow.
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When living at home, your special needs loved one is often around the same group of individuals all day long. Without having the opportunity to build community, disabled adults can begin to feel lonely. Social interaction is one of the best ways to build confidence and independence in special needs adults. At Baddour Center, we provide residents with a variety of ways to build community with their peers, including:
Oftentimes, adults with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to spend time with other adults of the same age. It can be difficult for families to find outlets where their disabled loved one can interact with peers who may be experiencing similar lifestyles. At group homes like Baddour Center, your loved one has endless opportunities to interact with adults of similar interests. This will help further their social and intellectual growth.
Although there are a few advantages to adults with disabilities living at home, group homes give your loved ones opportunities they may not get elsewhere. Living at home can come with many challenges and doesn’t allow adults with special needs to thrive like they could when living in a group home like Baddour Center.
Section 8 housing is another option for some adults with special needs. This type of housing is provided through vouchers to individuals who have very low income or depend on Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance for income.
Those with very mild disabilities have the ability to apply for section 8 housing vouchers. These vouchers help pay for rent every single month. Here are the benefits of living in Section 8 housing as a special needs adult:
One advantage of Section 8 housing for people with disabilities is that it is affordable. Because Section 8 housing only requires residents to pay a small percentage of rent each month, those with low income have this option for housing.
When living in Section 8 housing, residents can be given the opportunity to apply for additional community benefits, including food stamps and other public assistance. Adults with disabilities living in Section 8 housing may have even more public benefits available to them.
Though Section 8 housing is affordable and comes with access to additional public services, the disadvantages often outweigh the benefits for special needs adults. Oftentimes, Section 8 housing is not fit for meeting the needs of adults with disabilities, which can present many problems within itself.
One challenge families have when looking into Section 8 housing for adults with special needs is that they must prove a financial need. Because this type of housing is designed to provide living spaces to individuals of low income, it can be pretty difficult to qualify for Section 8 units. If you have questions about living at Baddour Center, contact our team for more information.
Even if you qualify for Special 8 housing, it’s not always guaranteed to be available to you. This is one challenge many families face when looking for housing. Section 8 housing isn’t available in every community in the United States. If there is housing available in your area, there may not be any openings when you need it most. The lack of availability can cause your special needs loved one to face even more challenges when transitioning into a new living space.
Section 8 housing is only suitable for moderate or mild special needs adults. If your special needs loved one requires assistance throughout the day and cannot live on their own, Section 8 housing is not an option. Section 8 housing lacks many accommodations your family member may need to live sustainably.
Peace of mind is important when moving your special needs family member into a new living facility. Unfortunately, Section 8 housing isn’t always the safest option. As a resident of Section 8 housing, special needs loved ones may be seen as vulnerable to tenants living around them, making them more susceptible to safety issues in the future. Section 8 housing doesn’t provide top-notch housing safety and security like you would find at a group home like Baddour Center.
Though Section 8 housing is an affordable option for some adults with mild special needs, it sometimes presents more challenges than rewards. Group homes are a great alternative to Section 8 housing, because they provide residents with safe and affordable housing where they can learn new skills and thrive in a positive environment.
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Assisted living facilities are another popular option of living for adults with disabilities. These facilities give disabled adults their own individual living spaces, oftentimes apartments in a complex. Assisted living facilities require a bit more independence than other housing options, because residents live on their own, despite having assistance for specific needs.
Living in an assisted living facility typically means residents will live in their own apartment while receiving assistance for daily activities, including bathing, cleaning, and other daily activities. Sometimes, assisted living facilities provide residents with medication assistance, but not all do. There are a few advantages to living in assisted living facilities for adults with special needs.
Some assisted living facilities specialize in treating individuals with specific disabilities and neurological disorders. This can be beneficial to families who are looking for housing options for special needs loved ones who need extra attention due to their medical needs.
Although assisted living facilities come with the bonus of specializations and fostering a bit more independence in adults with disabilities, there are a few challenges families of disabled loved ones will have to face.
Oftentimes, assisted living facilities are known for having an incredibly high price tag for special needs adults. Because disabled adults require special attention and medication assistance, these high prices are sometimes not worth the money due to many facilities not administering medication and other necessities.
At Baddour Center group home, we offer affordable housing while administering to each of our residents’ daily needs no matter what time of day it is. We are committed to providing our residents with the safest and most comfortable environment possible.
Unlike group homes, most assisted living facilities do not provide residents with educational opportunities. Education can be one of the most beneficial ways for adults with special needs to interact with peers and learn new skills.
Baddour Center offers residents a variety of educational opportunities and programs in a variety of academic subjects, including mathematics, history, reading, and more.
Another disadvantage of assisted living facilities is the lack of employment opportunities. Adults with disabilities should have the chance to become working citizens, just like everyone else in society. However, assisted living facilities do not give residents the opportunity to do so. Group homes like Baddour Center provide many outlets for employment to residents, such as the Baddour Custom Packaging and Garden Center. These programs help residents to learn life skills while also having fun with fellow residents.
Though assisted living facilities can be suited towards special needs and foster more independence than other housing options, group homes tend to have more opportunities for adults with special needs to thrive.
At Baddour Center, we believe in fostering independence while also assisting residents by providing them with ample opportunities to grow and learn new life lessons and skills. We offer residents the option of living in community with peers- people who are like them, have similar interests, etc.