Do you have to be low-functioning to live in a group home?

Do they only offer group homes to less able people?

They offer group homes to people who are safer and healthier in a group home setting than living independently. Don’t worry too much about high vs low functioning. Everyone has areas where they do well and areas where they do poorly.


A good question. I would guess nearer low than high functioning. I was once asked by a psych nurse if I lived in a group home.

Don’t worry about it @bobbilly
You are doing fine.

I find it difficult where I fit in. I’m in a group home. I feel people look at me different if they know. I do know for sure that when people know they talk to me like I’m simple or they talk to my support worker who’s with me and not direct to me. Like I’m simple.

So very true. Bill paying and money management-generally good. Keeping household clean and tidy- not so good. Hygiene-better than it was but have to really push myself some days. Cooking and shopping- very basic cooking. Not too good at shopping- making shopping list/planning a weekly menu. Socialising - poor to very poor . Very much, as you say, all over the place functioning wise.

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It’s all in your head @bobbilly
No one is judging you for living in a group home.
I was living in supportive housing for a while.
No shame in this.

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I lived in a social services run halfway house for the mentally ill for a few months in the early 80s. I ended up having to go into hospital.

The charity organization that I belong to provides housing to the mentally ill.
I may live in a group home (supportive housing)
In the future.

Here in Northern California I’ve been in a few group homes (and visited others). I think since I’ve never heard of a “chain” of group homes (it might exist) that most are pretty different. Different owners, different rules, different levels of functioning at the same house.

My first group home had little structure and had very loose, liberal rules. There were usually only 6 or 7 clients living there at any given time. In the year I was there, no one had jobs, one guy went to school. One guy had a car. The rest of us hung around the house or went for walks or visited family but none of us were really productive and some people were seriously ill and in their own world. The staff didn’t expect us to clean or do errands. Our only responsibility was cooking dinner for everybody occasionally. Some people stayed in their rooms most of the day. So most people were low-functioning. I guess since I didn’t work or go to school I was low functioning too, but I did go places a lot and catch the bus.

My second one was just the opposite. It was heavily structured and we had some high functioning people there who worked or went to school. The people tended to be a little “different” or “off” in small ways but this was in an affluent city and it was a nice house in a nice neighborhood and to be there you had to be able to live in close quarters and you were expected to act appropriately 85% of the time.
Very heavily structured with at least one counselor on the site 24 hours a day. See, where I live there are just so many varied types of housing available. I just moved out of a board & care three months ago. During my 15 month stay, I worked the whole time albeit part time. But a few others worked while others sat around the back area most of the day smoking and talking.

So I guess my answer to you is that in some houses you have the low-functioning living along with the high functioning. At this house one girl went to college and graduated at a university. I worked, took online classes and drove my car. i know at least five other people who worked out of 25 or thirty clients total. Other people did drugs and hung around shady neighbors and caused trouble. So to simply answer your question, yes, you can be high functioning in group homes.

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