MAKING THE DECISION
If you are reading this page, it may be because you are experiencing the overwhelming dilemma of deciding whether or not to move a developmentally disabled loved-one out of a family home and into a supported, community-based residence. You are not alone if you find this decision incredibly difficult to think about and have feelings of guilt, anxiety and fear… this is all very natural.
Our goal at DDMS is to provide families with as much information about this option to ensure they are educated and feel comfortable with their decision.
The common misconception of a Group Home or Intermediate Care Facility is that they create an environment of isolation. It is true that not all but the good ones are uniquely designed to meet every aspect of daily living and to promote personal growth, social interaction and independence.
“The first 3 weeks were really tough, but when we realized that Cameron was experiencing a fuller social life, losing weight because of a more nutrition-conscious diet, and a much more engaging daily regimen, we knew we made the right decision.”
This process will likely be difficult for everyone involved, but it is important to understand that this increased independence is in the best interest of your loved-one.