For those who worked in a group home on the Sunday of the big game you may not have seen all the super commercials last night. The highlights of the game are easy to find but everyone knows the best part of the biggest football game of the season are the commercials!
The residents may not have been interested in the super bowl game or maybe they had staff who needed to tend to other residents in the home so the commercials may have been missed. If the residents or the staff are real fans of the commercials not only can you see the ones from 2013, you can see the ones from the previous games at this website: Adland-41 Years of Super Bowl Commercials
Some staff may be excitedly planning for a Valentine’s Day celebration with a special someone. Others are getting ready for their children’s Valentine’s Day party at school. There are some who dread the day because of lost love or no love in their life. Disabled people living in group homes often don’t have anything to look forward to with family or anyone else in their lives. Often they have never had love in their lives. They are often painfully aware of the holiday because residents are exposed to Valentine’s Day ads, promotions, and decorations. As group home support staff, it is our responsibility to adapt the holidays for those we are paid to care for. There are ways to many ways make it a special and meaningful day for them. Here are a few ideas… Continue reading
I was reading about an assisted living home that was closed down in Tucson, AZ. It saddened my heart thinking about the residents and the alleged abuse. The mother and son are accused of neglect and abuse. In a glitch in the law, the son could live in the home and help out as long as he was not caring for the residents. It was not a requirement to check his background and this put these vulnerable people at risk. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the son had these charges:
- September 1996-he sentenced six years in prison in September 1996 after pleading guilty to armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- 2002 and 2008-he was prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm
- 2007-placed on probation for domestic violence
- In 2008-he was placed on 36 months’ probation for shoplifting.
First I am very disappointed in a system that allows such a person to live with vulnerable people like those living in that assisted living home and second I think Continue reading