Disadvantaged individuals, like those who suffer from development disorders (autism, Asperger’s), or those that have been physically affected (quadriplegia, paralysis etc.) often require significant ongoing care. Generally, this support is provided by social workers, occupational therapists or, in many instances, family members. Ongoing disability assistance can be quite expensive, however, recent developments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are trying to lower provisional costs. Indeed, the provision of Supported Accommodation Vacancies is one are where refined housing arrangements can greatly improve the livelihood of those who are afflicted by a disability.
One of the main reasons why you should consider Supported Accommodation Vacancies as a form of housing is the fact that you will be supported by reliable and highly trained staff. In Australia, highly-trained social workers have tertiary qualifications, usually a Bachelor of Social Work, which is available for study at some of Australia’s best universities, including the University of New South Wales. This means that you don’t have to second-guess the reliability of your carers. Not only do they have the necessary qualifications to fulfil their roles, but they have also received plenty of off-job and on-job training.
In addition, staff who work in Supported Accommodation Vacancies or apartments are closely monitored and evaluated, thereby ensuring that standards or care are consistently high or even improving. This also ensures that the services provided are flexible and dynamic – changing in accordance with your changing needs.
Another benefit of Supported Accommodation Vacancies is the fact that your home can be modified to suit your needs and account for your disability. You can easily have rails or ramps installed in your home, which is necessary if you or someone you live with is wheelchair-bound. This could also include lowering kitchen counter-tops, installing grab-rails in the bathroom or widening corridors to allow for wheelchair mobility.
If you have young children who are disabled, it’s important that you have child-proof locks on cabinets that may contain potentially dangerous or harmful substances. You might also require barriers to be installed in your home to prevent children accessing dangerous areas, like the garage or backyard (e.g. swimming pool).
Round the clock support
Moreover, Supported Accommodation Vacancies also ensure that disadvantaged individuals have access to continual and permanent support. This is crucial for people who need round the clock care and who need help fulfilling basic tasks, such as cleaning, washing, laundry, cooking and other necessary activities. It doesn’t matter how simple or convoluted the request or activity may be; continued support can be provided via assisted living units. When sickness strikes at night, having someone there to help you is priceless.
Additionally, Supported Accommodation Vacancies can go a long way in helping a disabled person improve their level of independence. Your social worker will have you complete your daily tasks; however, they will tailor their support to ensure that you are gradually doing more and more by yourself. The purpose of this is help the person augment their faculty, giving them greater control to dictate their own life. A person’s self-esteem, relative level of confidence and overall view of the world is often correlated with their sense of autonomy. Feeling confident and free in your own abilities, no matter how simple, can be liberating.
At the end of the day, Supported Accommodation Vacancies create an effective, safe and welcoming environment, where disabled people feel confident and well supported by trained professionals. In this environment, disadvantaged individuals can work on skills to help build their independence, autonomy and overall enjoyment in life.