The following are some of the types of living arrangements that may exist in your area:
- Completely independent.
- Solo living environment with intermittent case manager/care provider.
- Shared living environment – numbers of people will vary depending on local zoning laws.
- Shared living environment with intermittent case manager/care provider.
- Communal living, such as a “Camp Hill“ environment.
- Group home—numbers can vary—with a care provider(s) always onsite.
- Host home – One or more persons living in a “family” environment.
- Residential/assisted living with larger number of residents and opportunities to explore various types of employment and increased living skills.
- State institutions/developmental centers, only considered for individuals who are a danger to themselves or others.
Note: States or regions may have various terms for identical living situations. For example, one state might call a setting “prevocational training residence” and another state might refer to the same setting as “assisted living.”
There may be other variations of the situations listed above, but the most important consideration is to evaluate your child’s individual needs when considering a living setting.
This is an exciting time for you and your young adult. Enjoy the journey!