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Group Home Living

Group home residents eating a meal together

Easterseals Arc opened Indiana’s first licensed group home for people with disabilities in 1960. The agency now owns or leases eight group homes in Fort Wayne, housing a maximum of 48 people.

Group homes are homes in the community where a disability service provider both maintains a household and coordinates the supports for those who live in the home. This environment offers the opportunity to develop relationships with roommates and work together to learn to be more independent. When people with differing abilities live together, they often complement and learn from each other. Group homes help people with disabilities have a full life experience, including the fulfillment of personal ambitions, while providing a safe living environment. 

Funding for group homes includes nursing coordination, choice of day program, and transportation. 

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Quick Facts About Group Homes

Community Integration: Our team ensures that individuals living in our group homes have opportunities to pursue their personal interests and take part in local, regional and out-of-state activities and trips.

Medical Care: A registered nurse coordinates all medical care for each individual and completes an assessment of each client quarterly. Group home clients must have regular physicals, dental exams, and vision exams. A registered dietitian completes an annual nutritional assessment on each individual, and the group homes follow dietitian-formulated menus. 

In addition, all staff are trained on first aid and dispensing medication and are CPR certified. Each staff member is trained on each client’s specific information prior to working with him or her. 

Surveys: Each group home is surveyed at least annually by the Board of Health and the fire marshal to ensure the clients’ health and safety.  A service coordinator from the local Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) office also visits each home four times a year.

Eligibility

To determine eligibility for group home living, contact District 3 of the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services. They will be able to provide you with information on eligibility and intake procedures. The local BDDS office is located at:
201 E. Rudisill, Suite 300
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Phone: (260) 423-2571 or (877) 218-3061
Fax: (260) 424-2830

For more information on Easterseals Arc’s group homes, please contact Aimee Green, our agency intake and transition specialist, at agreen@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

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