3 Benefits of Group Home for People with IDD

3 Benefits of Group Home for People with IDD

3 Benefits of Group Home for People with IDD

Adults with developmental disabilities can require a wide range of care at home and throughout their daily lives. In some cases, a constant caregiver is required to be at their side, while others can function a little more independently. At Hands of Heartland, we strive to provide people with developmental disabilities throughout the Omaha and Bellevue communities with the best quality of life possible according to their specific needs. In addition to supporting their integration into the community and workforce through various programs, we also provide a wide array of residential services. In this blog, we’ll discuss the two types of developmentally disabled group homes we maintain in Bellevue and Omaha, and the benefits each provide to the residents.

Group Homes for Adults with IDD

Our residential services program provides living arrangements for people who require varying levels of assistance so that we can provide the necessary individualized care our guests require. Of the four levels of service we provide, two can be considered group home settings.

Independent Living

For adults with IDD capable of functioning somewhat independently and who require low levels of support, we have independent living spaces available, where we pair up two adults with similar disabilities. While they don’t have 24/7 support in the residence itself, they are able to access care and support services as needed.

Continuous Residential Services

In this more traditional developmentally disabled group home setting, up to three adults live together supported by care providers in the residence on an around-the-clock basis. These living arrangements are built around supporting community integration.

3 Benefits of Adults with IDD Living Together

Group homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Omaha and Bellevue provide a number of benefits to the people themselves, as well as their families and caregivers.

Independence and Responsibility

In a group home setting, adults with IDD are taught to rely more upon themselves and their roommates than the adult caregivers they are accustomed to relying upon. They learn the importance of helping to maintain common space by taking on more of the chores, and they learn how to work with others and how to communicate their needs more effectively. All of this goes towards empowering them to be more independent and take more responsibility for what goes on in their home, which will translate to more effective interactions outside of the home.

A Safer Home Away from Home

Being a family member acting as caregiver for an adult with IDD can be extremely challenging. The demands of day-to-day life make it difficult to give those needing care the 24-7 attention they might need. Accidents and injuries are reduced in a group home setting, and all have the reassurance that the adults with developmental disabilities are receiving the necessary care and oversight to keep them safe.


There is rarely a stronger friendship than that which grows out of a shared struggle. Living in a group home allows adults with IDD to bond with others who are facing similar struggles by allowing them to both learn from and teach others about how best to face the challenges they are facing together. Living apart from the family unit also allows family bonds to strengthen, as the family members can focus on their relationship once the stress of carrying the entire responsibility for care has shifted to professional caregivers.

Developmentally Disabled Group Homes in Bellevue and Omaha

Through our residential services program, our goal at Hands of Heartland is to provide the safest group homes for adults with developmental disabilities throughout the Omaha and Bellevue metropolitan areas. Our living spaces are designed and managed to promote independence and companionship among our residents and to remove the significant burdens of 24-7 care from the family unit so they can connect in meaningful ways. To learn more about what we have to offer the community, contact us today to arrange a visit with our facilities.

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