Quality and costs of supported living residences and group homes in the United Kingdom

Am J Ment Retard. 2001 Sep;106(5):401-15. doi: 10.1352/0895-8017(2001)106<0401:QACOSL>2.0.CO;2.


Information was collected on 63 adults in supported living residences, 55 adults in small group homes, and 152 adults in large group homes. Results indicated that (a) there were no statistically significant differences in service costs once these had been adjusted to take account of participant characteristics; (b) compared with participants living in small group homes, those in supported living residences had greater choice, participated in more community-based activities, experienced fewer scheduled activities, were more likely to have had their home vandalized, and were considered at greater risk of exploitation; (c) compared with participants living in large group homes, those in small group homes had larger social networks, more people in their social networks who were not staff, not family, and did not have mental retardation. These residents were considered at less risk of abuse.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Group Homes / economics*
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability / economics*
  • Intellectual Disability / rehabilitation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / economics*
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Residential Facilities / economics*
  • United Kingdom