The Power of Group Home Living: Fostering Social Interaction, Inclusion, and Well-Being

Disabled young friends talking in group home
Group homes help foster social interaction for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We learned during the pandemic how damaging social isolation can be. Yet for someone with an intellectual or developmental disability, isolation is, sadly, quite common. It can be hard to form friendships. Though often unintentional, people may tend to shy away from those with disabilities. Because of this, it’s important to find ways to overcome feelings of exclusion and boost social interaction.

How Can Someone With a Disability Develop Social Connections?

Studies have shown that social inclusion for those with a disability involves several components. Not only is it necessary to form friendships to overcome loneliness, but it’s equally important to have meaningful social activities in which to participate.

However, physical and/or intellectual barriers can make this challenging. Those with an I/DD are more likely to struggle to find and maintain employment, something that provides a sense of purpose and the opportunity for social connections. They are also more likely than those without an I/DD to struggle with mental health concerns and to engage in a more sedentary lifestyle. All of these factors combined can exacerbate health problems – further hindering the ability to enjoy and participate in social activities.

How Group Home Life Can Help Someone With An Intellectual or Developmental Disability

Family-like group homes, like those at Abrio Living, are often an ideal way for those with disabilities to connect with others, strengthen social skills, and discover opportunities for purpose and meaning. A sample snapshot of a day living in one of our group homes might look something like this:

  • Wake up and receive any necessary support with personal hygiene needs, getting dressed, etc.
  • Greet other residents and staff in the dining room and enjoy breakfast and conversations together
  • Head off to work if employed
  • If unemployed, work with staff on pre-determined habilitation goals: for instance, learning how to do laundry, wash dishes, bake cookies, or other important life skills
  • Participate in meaningful, enjoyable, ability-specific activities throughout the day
  • Gather together with residents and staff for dinner and to discuss the day’s events
  • Watch a movie, play games, take a walk, or any number of social activities in the evening with residents and staff
  • Receive assistance as needed for an evening bath or shower and to get settled into bed in a private bedroom

Our trained and experienced staff members are in the residence 24/7 to provide care and support, and also are an integral part of the group home family. We empower each person to set and reach realistic goals, while doing everything in our power to ensure happiness, safety, and well-being.

If you’d like to explore group home living to boost social interaction for someone you love with an I/DD and to help them thrive and enjoy life to the fullest, contact us any time. We will be happy to provide you with a tour of one of our group homes in Phoenix, Peoria, and Glendale and to answer all of your questions.

We understand that moving to a group home is an emotional and life-changing event. We’re here with you every step of the way. Take the first step by calling us at 623-289-2927 to find out more.