Sister with Autism Going to Group Home
My 24 year-old sister (Nika) is moving into her group home tomorrow. My parents and all of the siblings (total of 6 kids) have raised Nika her entire life and we have been very involved. Since she has not been able to attend school since she turned 21, she has not been on a routine schedule, and therefore her behavior has gotten progressively worse and she is very angry and agitated. My mother hasn't been able to take Nika out much because of her anger and behavior issues, so it keeps both of them at home most days.
My parents finally pulled the trigger on selecting a group home for Nika. We know being at the home with others like her is the best for Nika and for my parents. The current living situation was taking a toll on both Nika and my parents. We hope that Nika will flourish at her new home.
Tomorrow is going to be extremely difficult. Leaving Nika at her home is very scary and sad for the while family (esp my mom). Has anyone else moved a family member into a group home? How did you cope with it? Any advice?