Providing group home and semi-independent living for adults with developmental disabilities.

Van Hook, Inc. is dedicated to providing long-term residential care in a safe, supportive, family-like environment for adults with developmental disabilities with opportunities for choice and encouragement for independence in the least restrictive environment.



  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Must have primary diagnosis of developmental disabilities.
  3. Must be able to care for basic self-help and minor health care needs with minimal assistance.
  4. Must be able to recognize danger or threat to personal safety.
  5. Must be able to maintain appropriate behavior generally tolerable to the community.
  6. Must be ambulatory.
  7. Must not require chronic or convalescent medical care.
  8. Must be able to benefit from the services offered.
  9. Must be capable of self preservation as defined in Chapter No. 0940-5-1-.01 of the Licensure Rules of the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities of the State of Tennessee and as stated below:

"A person is capable of responding to an approved emergency signal, including prompting by voice, by following a pre-taught evacuation procedure within a reasonable time limitation whether or not the person is fully aware of the reasons for the action. A person is capable of self-preservation if the person is able to transfer unassisted from the bed or another fixed position to an individualized means of mobility, which is continuously available, and able to demonstrate the ability to transverse a predefined means of egress from the facility within a reasonable time limitation."

Additional Criteria for Semi-Independent Living

  1. Must be able to care for basic self help and minor health care needs without assistance.
  2. Must be able to care for personal possessions and be able to maintain personal living area in a state of orderliness and cleanliness to the extent it does not constitute a health hazard.
  3. Must be able to travel independently or secure assistance in traveling to work, training, or to generic services.
  4. Must be able to plan and cook simple meals.
  5. Must be able to secure assistance in crisis situations by such means as the telephone or contacting neighbors or staff.