We provide houses that have a peaceful and tranquil feel, balanced with the need for specialised equipment.
Accommodation services encompass a variety of support models.
The focus is on providing a supportive environment in which people can develop independent living skills and, where suitable, move towards less intensive models of support. ACCnet21 encourages and supports clients to maintain lease agreements on their own accommodation. Clients are able to access subsidies provided by government services.
The needs of the people supported vary considerably. Some people require an outreach service to assist them at critical times of the day with their daily care and to ensure that their financial, vocational and educational needs are met and that opportunities are provided for the development and realisation of their lifelong goals. In other cases people require more intensive levels of support and some of our services provide 24-hour care 7 days per week. These people usually have high medical support needs or exhibit challenging behaviours, which require the constant implementation of behaviour management programs to ensure not only their safety but also the safety of staff and members of the general community.
ACCnet21 also provides respite services to children and young people living with their families. These services are designed to provide respite to families who struggle to cope with the demands of caring for and supporting a child with a disability whilst juggling work commitments and the needs of their other children.
Service delivery to the target groups will vary depends on individual needs. The proposed model could incorporate 24 hour x 7 day support (with a sleepover) and additional support at key times to assist with personal hygiene, meal times and community access to enable people to participate in activities of specific interest.
The sleepover model provides protection and security for people who may be vulnerable during periods when generic and other services may not be available. Day support is offered to all the residents of the group as identified through their Individual Plans.
COMMUNITY HOUSING - CASE STUDIES
Sharon shares her home with another lady of similar interests and age. Before Sharon moved to her new home she lived by herself. Sharing comes with many challenges and sometimes cause anxiety if issues are not resolved quickly, leading to potential episodes of poor mental health. ACCnet21 provides support and guidance that ensures that Sharon has a great quality of life in the area that she chooses to live.
Family involvement is extremely important and Sharon enjoys overnight stays at her brother’s house.
Some other factors that could impact on Sharon's accommodation options could be changes to routines or staff support; individual discussions with each tenant on how to manage and address concerns; matching staff with personal preferences.
For Sharon the involvement of her brother is vital for her well being.
In 2001, Daniel lived in a group home with three other tenants’ in a rural remote town with little access to services or activities. Daniel has a mild intellectual disability and vision impairment. With the help and support of ACCnet21 Daniel was assisted to apply for a one-bedroom unit, close to shops and transport.
Daniel first wrote to us in 2005, his letter expressed he had always wanted to move to the coast. ACCnet21 assisted Daniel to reach his goal.
Since Daniel moved to the Coast to live, he has his own circle of supports and has successfully transitioned to independent living. Daniel now holds a range of Advocacy roles on government and non-government committees.