ERIC Number: ED336925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Caring Business: Lynch Community Homes, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. A Case Study.
This paper, one of a series of reports describing innovative practices in integrating people with disabilities into community life, describes the Lynch Community Homes in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Lynch Homes is a for-profit organization that provides homes and supportive services for approximately 75 people with severe and profound developmental disabilities in 25, three-person homes. Recounted are the origins of the family owned endeavor, growth as a result of closing of a nearby large institution, and a philosophy which stresses design of services for particular individuals and a lifetime commitment to the residents. Also recounted are reasons for the three-person limitation and comments of direct care staff. The organizational structure, which allows for a high degree of observation of direct care staff and clients by administrative level personnel is presented. Briefly reviewed are staff recruitment procedures, community resistance, habilitation programs, finances, day programs and work. Stressed are the family model on which the homes are based and an emphasis on integration and outside relationships. Current problems faced by the homes are identified including those associated with recent expansion, leadership succession, lack of day/work programs, and lack of client relationships with non-agency people. (DB)
Descriptors: Administration, Adults, Daily Living Skills, Group Homes, Normalization (Handicapped), Private Sector, Program Administration, Rehabilitation, Severe Mental Retardation, Social Integration
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, 200 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 ($2.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Willow Grove)