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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. 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?
  2. This month is a great chance to review the environmental restraints in the house. List all the restraints (including deadbolts, window locks and alarms on doors). Why were each of them installed and who for? Are they still needed? If you have restraints that need to be removed complete a job order form from Homes of Choice.
  3. Sometimes the common areas of the houses can look a bit sparse. Have a look at the decorating ideas in the links for some projects the people in the house can work on together.

Activities

  1. Click on the links below to access the resources.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/67492668/decorating-tips-for-a-shoestring-budget– (House decorating)
    http://www.onelittlebirdblog.com/?cat=4 – (easy DIY)
  2. Consider supporting the people who live in the house with running their own House Meetings. We have some resources below and you can contact the Advisory Team if you need any help.
    House Meeting Template
    House Meeting Easy Read Template
    House Meeting Flow Chart

Community Services

Discussion Questions

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

  1. Read the article by Dave Hingsburger and think about/discuss how you as a support worker can address these types of situations and make it clear that the people you support should be treated as their own age (be it adult, teenager or child).
  2. Think about the goals that one of/the person you support has. How would someone without a disability go about achieving them? What support can you provide so that they can access typical situations like any other person?

Activities

  1. Click on the link below to access the resource provided.
  2. http://davehingsburger.blogspot.co.nz/2017/07/the-duck-part-1.html -(lining up for the toilet)

Hub and Support Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. More to come…

Activities

  1. More to come…

Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

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

  1. After reading the first article, what are your thoughts on the job description of support workers and the parts of their jobs that we emphasise? Could the names mentioned in the article help illustrate important parts of their jobs?
  2. At a personal level consider the blog post about being parented. How easy is it to slip into this kind of action/thinking? How can we overcome up in order to model respect to other staff?

Activities

  1. Click on the links below to access the links provided.
  2. http://pearl.staffingoptions.com.au/Article/Index/1152 – (think typical)
  3. http://davehingsburger.blogspot.co.nz/2017/06/sitting-outside-as-rebellion.html – being parented by strangers (think typical = remember they’re adults)

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