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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 Sarabi, Community Member, asks

Q: How to go about finding a group home or assisted living?

I'm a paranoid schizophrenic and my doctors say I need a caregiver and can not live alone.  I'm thinking of moving in to a group home or assissted living, but I'm not sure what that entails or how to go about it, and am wondering if anyone can tell me about that?  Also, how do I go about finding one?  I live in Kansas have medicaid and SSI, and am legally disabled. 

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Answers (2)
Christina Bruni, Health Guide
2/ 6/11 11:21pm

Hello Sarabi,


It is possible to find a good group home with caring, professional staff.  this will take research and could take time while you view residences to see which one you get the best feel for.


Two things you can do.  Log on to the United Way resource locator to find the phone number of the agency in your city or area that could give you info about housing options.  Or call NAMI to get the name and phone number of your local chapter where you can contact its members who might be able to give you a referral to a good housing option.  Ring NAMI at (800) 950-NAMI (6264) to get this information.  They are the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


I wish you good luck with your search.




Betty Noble, Community Member
10/18/11 8:00pm

My daughter-in-law is paranoid schizophrenic, needs a caregiver and cannot live alone. She is now in a group home, but needs to be transferred to the Columbus, Ohio area, where she can be near family. She is on medicaid and disability social security. Please  advise if there is a group home vacency in this area.


Thank you.

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By Sarabi, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/26/14, First Published: 02/01/11