Practice Statement: Home Environment

Spectrum Care believes that all people have the right to make decisions regarding where and with whom they live, and are given opportunities to explore and investigate what’s available, just the same as anyone else.

Practice Definition: Home Environment

What would be observed in practice:

  • People feel comfortable, have a sense of ownership and belonging over their homes, regardless of whether it’s rented or owned
  • There is a relaxed atmosphere, and a feeling of intimacy and safety with people who choose to live together
  • There is evidence of privacy for the person, their possessions and their information
  • The environment allows people the freedom to be themselves
  • People have control or influence over the activity and routine of their daily life
  • There is evidence of personal touches that reflect the essence of the person, their possessions, their interests and their preferences
  • There is shared space and private space
  • People who visit the home or site in paid service roles appreciate and respect:
    • The person
    • Their dignity
    • Their identity
    • Their privacy
    • Their feelings
    • Their relationships
    • Their lifestyle
    • Their home and possessions, customs, culture and daily life

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

    Essentially the Home Environment practice is about “thinking typical”.

    1. Talk with your colleagues who have shared their accommodation with other people who aren’t their family – ie have been flatting. What was the experience like? How did the flat share resources and make decisions? (The article might help if no one has flatted before.)
    2. Consider the ways in which the house is similar to and different from a typical flatting situation. Is there anything that the staff can do to make it more typical?
    3. Read the blog article about the dog and the ice cream. Can you think of any processes in the team that could be done differently that would be better accommodate individual differences?
    4. Do you knock on the door when entering Spectrum Care homes? Why or why not?

Activities

    1. Click on the links below to access the resources.
        Typical Flat
      How things are done

Community Services

Discussion Questions

    Essentially the Home Environment practice is about “thinking typical”.

    1. The closest typical service to an Aspirations Centre is a Community Centre. Have a look at the website for the Onehunga Community Centre and any others that you know of, and think about Centre you work at. What is similar to a good community centre and what isn’t? What could the team do to make it more “typical”?
    2. Read the blog article about the dog and the ice cream. Can you think of any processes that the team does that could be done differently that would be better accommodate individual differences?

Activities

Click on the link below to access the resource provided.

How things are done

 

  • Hub and Support Staff

    Discussion Questions

    1. More to come…

    Activities

    1. More to come…

    Managers and Coordinators

    Discussion Questions

    1. Read the article “Looking at Autism: ABA and a Behavior Analysis of Sensory Needs”. Discuss Sundberg’s perspective that removing the stimulus reinforces “problem” behaviour, do you agree with this or disagree?
    2. Have a look at the two checklists. In what ways is a low stimulation environment good for people with autism and in what ways could it be harmful? Is there a better alternative?