Group Homes

Group Homes

A place in one of our group homes offers its guests access to the supported independent living for which the Soteria name is rightly famous, while offering the welcoming environment and sense of being part of something bigger. With Soteria disability group homes, the individual can choose where they will live (and who with) and gain access to top-of-the-range care from experts who are among the best in their fields for a range of disabilities. Thanks to our policy of support and independence, guests can retain exactly as much control of their everyday lives as they want to, while being able to rely on assistance where they need it.

The importance of residents’ dignity is a definite priority for everyone involved with the Soteria name. The provision of group home care you can expect from us makes the resident a stakeholder in their own care, playing their own part in directing daily activity within the home. Our collection of group homes for disabled adults offers clear testament to our commitment to a progressive model of advanced care – and the results can be seen in the confidence and satisfaction of our residents.

Soteria’s collection of adult group homes in the New South Wales area – including bases in Chipping Norton, Keiraville and our women-only facility in Nowra – benefit from the support of dedicated teams of staff. These trained and experienced individuals have the backing of clinicians benefiting from a range of specialities, so the group ethic of these homes combined with the second-to-none quality of professional care allows each resident to retain more of their independence for longer.

It is a key aspect of our commitment to offering the best care for the widest range of residents that our group homes deliver on the needs of our customers. We have long-held experience in providing support through our dementia group homes to residents who have been diagnosed with progressive conditions that affect their cognition. By offering a place in our supported independent living facilities, we can help extend the all-important social exercise and personal autonomy that is essential when dealing with dementia.

Why our group homes work

At Soteria we offer group care for a collection of adults who wish to retain their independence. Our residents live in a typical home with the usual comforts; studies show this is much better for patients with cognitive issues than a sterile, modern facility. Our customers are embedded in a community – both within the home and the neighbourhood.

How we provide care

Each of our homes is staffed by a team of dedicated professionals who get to know our residents and understand them as people, offering a level of person-centred care which is hugely important in elderly group homes. Soteria’s experts focus on what our residents can do, not what they can’t. This way, our treatment plans are personalised and effective.

What makes Soteria special?

The independence we offer our residents is an essential part of the Soteria way; if someone has ideas for their own care, we’ll listen. We also ensure that every resident has a say in the way their home is run, because nothing is more important in homes for disabled adults than encouraging personal agency and autonomy.

The importance of our residential locations

We have a variety of homes, and that’s no accident. From our senior group homes to homes for autistic adults, each location has been chosen to ensure the best environment for our residents, a place where they can flourish and get the most from every day they spend with us. We also make sure that our residents can live in comfort, which is the most important part of residential care.

Our exceptional staff

Soteria residential system works because our staff is hand-picked to provide the optimum in personal care for each resident. We have a dedicated team of individuals who are versed in caring for people with dementia, those in palliative care, adults with autism and a range of other special needs. Wherever a customer is resident, they will have support staff on hand who can help them with any need.

An affordable pricing structure

Our price plans are highly competitive, offering a less expensive alternative to other forms of residential care and comparing very nicely with at-home care. To find out more about prices for our services, do feel free to call us and discuss your specific needs.

How does a group home differ from a traditional care home?

The experience of living in a care home can be unfairly maligned from time to time, and is often portrayed unsympathetically in popular culture, but in truth an individual’s experience will very much depend upon the place that they stay in. Nonetheless, there are certain advantages that are offered by living in group homes for mentally ill patients and others with physical disabilities, for those with dementia and those in palliative care. Among the most important of these benefits is the ability for group homes to feel like a true home.

A group home has a lot of the same qualities as a personal home – it has the same rhythm with people coming and going, the same communal approach to mealtimes and preparation, and even chores. It even has a lot of the same smells as home, and this has been found to be hugely beneficial for people who find themselves needing residential care. If you’ve been inside a large medical facility, you won’t be surprised to hear that these settings leave a lot of people feeling overwhelmed, alienated and lost. That’s the last thing a person with cognitive difficulties needs.

At Soteria facilities, we focus on providing that at-home feel all the time. No resident ever need feel that they are lost or alone. They can go shopping if they wish, and even get a ride to the store with a buddy from the facility. If they want to arrange an evening of entertainment, then there is plenty of scope for working with other residents to have that evening. Our residents are more than just customers, they are partners in the whole experience. This is a model that has been tried and tested the world over, and has been shown time and again to work. The reasons it is so effective are as follows:

  • Each home is staffed with enough trained care assistants to ensure staff are never overwhelmed.
  • There is a marked move away from a “hospital” feel in our facilities; any equipment that is needed is integrated seamlessly as part of the home.
  • Residents have a decisive say in how the home is run; this is something they don’t have in most residential care homes, and it’s been shown to have an effect.
  • The more open approach means that visiting times are not enforced – family can visit whenever they want, making it feel more like a real home.
  • Services are delivered in a more relaxed, innovative way, creating a more serene atmosphere which is welcomed in residential care homes for autistic adults in particular.
  • The home is designed in such a way as to be “homely” and relaxing, something which has been proven to benefit people with dementia and other such conditions; there are also dedicated outdoor spaces for exercise which has also been shown to help.

The mealtime experience

It has been conclusively proven that the way mealtimes are handled is important in residential homes for mentally disabled people. This is true for a range of different conditions, not least dementia, where patients can have a “difficult” relationship with food that needs to be carefully managed. In a Soteria home, every care has been taken to ensure that mealtimes are handled in the most sensitive way possible. As a result, our residents have a more pleasant, more beneficial mealtime experience than the average resident in a conventional senior care home.

Mealtimes are carefully planned and timed, and are a peaceful time for residents; it has been shown that extraneous noise can be confusing and distressing and lead to a person leaving their plate untouched, even walking away from the table. So we ensure that our residents are not presented with undue distractions. As a result of our personalised care plans, we do not pressure residents to eat in front of others if they are likely to find that stressful or upsetting; our residents can eat in their own place and their own time. What’s important is that they eat.

We also take particular care to provide the best ingredients, freshly prepared by our dedicated staff, to ensure the necessary nutritional balance for our residents. In an environment where, for many of our patients, their senses are on the wane, it is all the more important to provide smells and tastes that they can recognise and enjoy.

We also make absolutely sure that every food that comes into our homes is maintained in the highest standards possible when it comes to hygiene and storage. We make every effort possible to meet the requests of our residents, who may want particular specialities prepared and cooked from time to time. This may require clearance ahead of time, but thanks to our high level of standards, we ensure that everything is prepared in strict compliance with Food Safety regulations.

Why Group Homes work

As time goes on, dementia and other similar illnesses are becoming better understood, and better ways to manage them are being found. This is something that we at Soteria are serious about continuing – ensuring that our residents benefit from the latest developments. We are absolutely clear that our group homes are not the usual sterile facility that treats every resident like a paying customer. We treat them like a part of a community, because that’s precisely what they are.

By approaching residential care from a group point of view, we also avoid the social isolation that can all too often cause issues such as depression and acceleration of cognitive decline. We ensure that residents have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of fun activities, with exactly as much support as they want or need. A special needs group home environment does not have to mean a functional, boring lifestyle; in fact, studies show that a bit more enjoyment is beneficial to the success of residential care.

Delivering expert care from experienced clinicians, Soteria group homes will ensure that residents can benefit from a safe, healthy environment while still retaining the autonomy that is so important to enduring physical and mental health. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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