Residential Community Homes for Adults

Erie, PA

Barber National Institute provides structured residential living opportunities to adults and pre-adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and behavioral health needs. Throughout Erie County, a team of dedicated staff supports these residents within 55 group homes. Referrals in Erie County for residential services can be initiated through Erie County Care Management.

Barber National Institute provides a nurturing, safe, family-like structured environment in residential group homes to meet the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and behavioral health needs. Individuals are provided with 24-hour a day care by direct support professionals who assist in developing a person-centered program designed for each person's preferences, needs and goals.

Since opening our first residential community homes in 1973, Barber National Institute has been a trusted and relied upon partner in caring for your loved one.

Using a person-centered approach, each adult participates in the development of his or her own personal plan for services and receives the guidance and support of our qualified direct support professionals. Our individuals are encouraged and supported to live an active and fulfilling life, exploring new and interesting activities of their choice. Individualized plans are based on the needs, wants, goals and aspirations of each person.

Residential community homes are designed to provide a secure and comfortable environment where residents can thrive, balancing independence with the right level of support and care for each person. We ensure tht all homes have skilled and dedicated staff who can respond to medical and behavioral needs while facilitating every individual's unique choice and preferences.

The individual is surrounded by a support team that includes direct support professionals, nurses, behavior therapists, supervisors, administrative staff and a primary care physician who coordinates any other services the person may need. Our program offers a 24-hour on-call system for supervisor, administrative and nursing services to ensure that individuals, employees and families can be supported when the need arises.

Residential Services offers a range of options in the Erie, PA region to promote shared goals: to facilitate individual choice, foster greater independence and community involvement, and provide a comfortable, life-enriching home life.

Community Home Features

Each residential community home is unique and situated within friendly community neighborhoods. Barber National Institute homes are created with a family setting in mind and feature items such as:

  • Personalized bedrooms
  • Spacious rooms
  • Communal and private areas of group home
  • Comfortable furniture
  • Outdoor Space
  • Family-type living
Adult Group Homes - Resident Development

Resident Development

In homes, each resident is encouraged to develop to his/her fullest potential and to maintain as much independence as possible. Family involvement and healthy relationships are a priority with our residents at  Barber National Institute. To that end, the following areas are substantial focus points:

  • Active treatment
  • Activities of choice
  • Healthy eating
  • Community access
  • Structured activities
  • Life skills development
  • Assistance with personal care
  • Establishing goals and objectives
  • Reaching milestones
  • Financial management
Adult Residential Services - Personalized Service and Continuity of Care

Personalized Service and Continuity of Care

Each resident receives personalized service to ensure the highest level of quality through continuity of care. To maintain quality, special attention is given to the following areas:

  • Person-centered planning
  • Programmatic case management
  • Management of daily activities
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Nursing case management
  • Behavioral supports (through Barber Behavioral Health)
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments; daily activities
  • Ongoing staff supervision
  • Representative payee services

For more information regarding residential services in Erie, please contact or 814-878-4099.

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Community Homes FAQs

What are community group homes?

A community or residential group home is home in the community where a small group of adults with intellectual disabilities live in a family-like setting. Homes are located in neighborhoods across Pennsylvania and provide support to access resources in the community and to help build independent living skills.

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