If I need residential care, what are the options?
Housing is an essential element of care for people with a mental illness, particularly for those with long-term mental illness. Hospital and community services aim to work together as partners in the delivery of services to people with a mental illness. Some residential units serve as respite areas for people who sometimes require this support.
Types of residential units:
High support group home
This is a residential home for people who do not need to be in hospital and who can live in the community but who requires 24-hour nursing care and support for a variety of reasons. Some people may spend a period of time in a high support residence and then move on into a medium or low support residence.
Medium support group home
This is a residential home for persons who are fairly independent in most areas of their everyday living skills but who require some assistance or support in certain areas, i.e., managing finances or cooking skills. For this reason, the home is staffed, usually by day only, by either a nurse or a trained care staff.
Low support group home
These residential units are for individuals who are independent in most if not all areas of their everyday living skills. The overall upkeep and management of the group home is co-ordinated by the hospital management. The residents may have a community psychiatric nurse or supervisor who will check on them as required.