Home Again- Shared Housing

– Independent Shared Housing in the community for residents of Navachetana and Udayan.

Ashadeep has been providing institutional care to homeless persons with mental illness for more than a decade. Although the recovered patients are taken back home to re-unite with their families, about 10% of the residents cannot be re-integrated for various reasons. Till now, such women and men were living under the institutional care in spite of recovering sufficiently and becoming functional. Since January 2017, Ashadeep initiated the ‘shared Housing’ program by doing away with the Navachetana (Rehab) facility and setting up 6 independent homes by paving way from the institutional pattern of rehabilitation to a more inclusive community setting. Each ’shared home’ accommodating 5 residents together with a ‘health worker’, five for women and one for men, three each in rural and urban settings.

Location of the Homes

Home 1 & 2 : Bilpaar Road, Rehabari, Guwahati
Home 3 : Karbi Naamghar Road, Japorigog, Guwahati
Home 4,5 & 6 : Home Campus, Bamunigaon

The residents in these homes do not have any restrictions in movement or interactions, they decide on what to eat, wear and many of them are employed in different settings. By the end of first five months, we have seen tremendous changes in the functional level of most of the residents. Both amongst those whose disability levels are higher and the more functional ones and also between those who seem to be long stay cases and the ones who would in all probability go home soon.

This project is a pilot study in partnership with The Banyan and funded by the Grand Challenge Canada. Though the first review results is yet to come out, intermittent reports indicate the efficacy of the ‘shared housing’ concept. Economic independence is important for all people, more for those who are not with their families. Presently the different Ashadeep facilities – the Day Rehab centre, the urban and rural livelihood generation centres , the office, OPD all employ the home residents, a few are employed outside also.

Process:

  • A baseline survey was conducted for the selected group of resident who was eligible for HA programme. (These groups includes: resident who have been in the institutional care for a long period of time, who’s addresses can’t be traced, unaccepted by the family members and who do not want to go back home and needs long term care).
  • A survey was done with the community people, nearby houses of each shared housing to understand their perception of mental illness and to make them aware about the concept of shared housing.
  • Selection and shifting from institutional care to Home Again programme depend upon their choices and preferences.
  • After being consented by them, they have been shifted to the Homes.
  • Each home is occupied by 4-5 residents and one health care worker.
  • Residents are imparted with medical and psycho social care which they used to receive during their stay in Navachetana/Udayan homes.

The major outcomes observed in these few months are

  • Residents’ interpersonal and social skills has developed and increased the level of functionality for example communication and work.
  • They developed a good bonding among themselves (sister’s relation) and also started visiting neighbours and maintain a good relation with the community people.
  • Their psychological health and the quality of life is much better than before.
  • They take part in household work and a few of them started cooking in the respective homes.
  • A few residents who never go out of the campus has starting working outside.
  • Some residents are employed internally and started earning.
  • Out of 30 residents, two has been successfully reintegrated with family.

Out of 30 residents, two has been successfully reintegrated with family.


Residents of Rehabari shared home visiting the Japorigog ‘shared home’

The kitchen in a Bamunigaon shared home

Shared Homes at Community in Bamunigaon

Shared Homes at Community in Bamunigaon