How mental health supported accommodation can help people with mental illness

How mental health supported accommodation can help people with mental illness


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It’s estimated that about 46% of Australians, aged between the ages of 16 and 85, may experience mental health issues at some point in their lives. Also, about 3% of the population has experienced severe mental health conditions.

Mental illness can have a major impact on the quality of life and make living alone difficult. 

Many assume that mental illness isn’t as limiting as a physical impairment—this isn’t true. The psychological effect these illnesses have on an individual can be crippling if they are not given the support they need.

Anyone can develop mental illness, and in many cases, their family and friends may not understand their situation. If the person under your care has been showing signs of a mental health condition, you’ll need to find a way to support them.

Mental health supported accommodations are housing solutions where individuals with mental illness can stay and be given the support they need to get back on their feet. Here’s some more insight into these services.

The impact of mental illness on an individual

Before we go deeper into mental health supported accommodations, we need to understand how mental illness would make an individual need these services.

A mental illness is a diagnosable clinically condition that affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and how they interact with others and their environment. These conditions can dramatically affect the way a person functions in various aspects of their lives.

It isn’t just their home life that’s affected, people with mental illness may have difficulties with their careers and may alienate themselves from their community. Some individuals may even experience homelessness due to their illness.

While people with more common types of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety can manage their daily lives through medication and therapy, some mental illnesses require more support.

More severe mental health conditions like schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (This link will take you to a page on the Better Health website about PTSD), also called PTSD, can affect how an individual perceives reality, and cause behavioural patterns that could make it difficult for them to live on their own or maintain job stability. 

Fortunately, both of these conditions are treatable.

For people with severe mental health conditions, living in a supported accommodation may help manage their illness and other aspects of their lives.

Why choose mental health accommodations

Aside from support for daily tasks, there are a few other reasons why a support accommodation is most suitable for a person with mental illness.

Calm environment

Noisy surroundings can make individuals with mental health issues feel very uncomfortable and this may lead to anxiety. Support accommodations are quiet spaces that are designed to minimise noise and keep residents calm.

Safety

These accommodations are designed with safety in mind. For instance, they include furnishings without sharp edges to prevent cuts and accessibility fittings for individuals with physical impairment.

Also, these places have adequate security to ensure that the residents are safe from harm at all times.

Recreational areas

Support accommodations feature recreational areas where residents can socialise with others. 

In many cases, people with mental illness isolate themselves from others, so these recreation areas may give them a chance to start socialising again or develop their communication skills.

Benefits of mental health supported accommodations

The goal of these services is to help individuals with mental health issues express their individuality and live their best lives. Over time, these services help them gradually integrate themselves into society.

These are some of the benefits the person under your care may expect from these services:

A supportive environment

If the person under your care has developed a mental health condition recently, you might not always understand what they’re going through. 

At these accommodations, the person under your care will be surrounded by people who’ve been through or worked with people with similar experiences. This will give them a sense of belonging and more confidence to open up about their difficulties.

These accommodations may also include peer support (This link will take you to a landing page on the Shine SC website about their peer support programmes) groups where the person under your care may use their experience to help others like them.

Getting back independence

Individuals who developed mental illness later in life due to age, trauma or a brain injury may lose confidence in living independently. 

In a supported accommodation, they’ll receive assistance in certain daily activities they’ve started having trouble with. This will help them regain their confidence until they can become independent again.

Medication support

Most individuals with mental illness need to take medication to manage their symptoms. In some cases, they may have the drive to follow through with their daily doses.

When living in supported accommodation, the person under your care’s health and medicine intake will be monitored carefully to ensure they take their prescriptions on time.

Sharing experiences

By sharing their experiences with mental illness, the person under your care can help others at the accommodation deal with their conditions. Also, sharing experiences is a good way to meet new people and form strong relationships.

Recovery from addiction

Staying in a supported accommodation is an effective way for individuals who have developed mental illness as a result of trauma to recover. 

Sometimes, individuals with mental illness may develop bad habits, like alcoholism and drug addiction. These accommodations deny access to these vices, helping people overcome their addiction.

Speak to support accommodation providers

Experiencing a mental illness can be a very difficult time for individuals with mental illness. But with the right kind of support, you can help the person under your care recover and make the best out of their situation.

Get in touch with your local support accommodation providers to learn more about these services and what more you can do to help the person under your care.

A guide to effective NDIS fund management

A guide to effective NDIS fund management


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When you have a person of all abilities under your care, applying for National Disability Scheme (this link will take you to a page on the NDIS website that gives some insight into what the NDIS is) funding, or NDIS funding for short, is the first step towards helping them improve their quality of life.

Knowing how to manage these funds is very important as it will determine how services and support, like specialist disability accommodation and supported independent living (this link will take you to a blog post on the Shine SC website about specialist disability accommodation and supported independent living), for the person under your care will be paid for and which providers are available for delivering these services.

NDIS fund management comes with three options and you’ll need to decide which will suit the person under your care best. 

If this will be your first time applying for NDIS funding, it may feel a bit overwhelming and you might not know what to do. 

This is a guide to help you understand NDIS fund management better and assist you in deciding which method of managing NDIS funding you should opt for.

1. Plan-managed funding

This involves handing your fund management over to a professional service provider, also called a plan manager, who will manage all aspects of your NDIS funding, such as making sure that all your support providers are paid on time.

The plan manager will also help you keep track of your spending so that the person under your care can get the most out of their funding. With plan management, you can access both NDIS-registered and non-registered service providers at costs that are within your budget.

Plan management will require less administration, as the plan manager will keep track of all your spending in case you have to face an audit.

The plan manager will also negotiate costs with service providers on your behalf so that you can pay less and still ensure the person under your care gets the maximum out of their NDIS funding. This will help you save money that you can use for additional support if needed.

Another benefit of plan management is that if the person under your care has an NDIS plan, the plan manager will be funded by the NDIS and you won’t need to worry about any additional costs.

This form of fund management is ideal when you have a busy schedule, rendering managing funds too difficult.

If you’re not too familiar with NDIS funding in general, the plan managers can also explain it to you and the person under your care

2. Plan-managed funding

As the name suggests, this type of fund management involves you or the person under your care solely managing NDIS funding.

The main benefit of self-management is that it allows you to be more creative with how you or the person under your care utilises funding to meet your needs. 

Through self-management, you or the person under your care will have a more expansive choice of deciding what forms of support are needed and which all-abilities provider to opt for. More control when negotiating costs for support will also be offered.

Despite the degree of freedom people get from self-managing their NDIS funding, self-management introduces a range of responsibilities:

  • You’ll need to keep track of all your receipts and invoices to prove that you’ve paid for your NDIS support
  • You’re fully responsible for managing your funding in a way that ensures value for your money and for making sure you stay within your budget
  • You need to show how you’ve utilised your funds to pursue your goals during your plan review
  • You’ll have to make clear agreements with your chosen support providers on how the types of support will be delivered and paid for
  • You have to claim and pay for support through payment requests without delay
  • You must participate in any type of payment auditing and you’ll have to present all receipts, invoices, and other evidence to prove that you’ve spent your funds according to your NDIS plan

The option to self-manage your NDIS funding is good if you or the person under your care is proficient in bookkeeping and familiar with how the NDIS works.

3. NDIA-managed funding

NDIA-managed funding, also known as agency-managed funding, is when the National Disability Insurance Agency, or the NDIA for short, manages your NDIS funding.

Similar to plan management, the NDIA will manage all aspects of NDIS funding for the person under your care, including bookkeeping and making records of spending. The NDIA will also pay all of your invoices for you.

It should be noted that when you choose NDIA management, you’ll only be able to choose from NDIS-registered all-abilities service providers.

Find the right NDIS fund management method

There’s no perfect option for managing NDIS funds; all three options are valid and will allow you and the person under your care to make the best out of the NDIS plan.

These three options provide you with differing levels of flexibility, choice, control, and responsibility depending on the needs of the person under your care.

It’s not necessary to adhere to only one option; switching between the options by informing the NDIA and completing the required paperwork is a possibility.

If you want to learn more about how you or the person under your care can manage NDIS funding, get in touch with a reputable all-abilities service provider on the Sunshine Coast today.

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