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When taking care of a person with a medical condition such as a visual or mobility impairment, your home needs to be perfectly equipped to meet the needs of the person under your care.
Depending on the severity of their condition, the person under your care might need help getting around their home and accomplishing their daily tasks. To make this easier for them, your home may need devices like hoists and stair assistance devices.
In many cases, homes aren’t always built with the needs of a person of all abilities in mind. Unfortunately, this means that the homes don’t have the kind of architecture that’s suitable for installing these supports.
Also, installing these devices can be very expensive, and they might be to include in your home. This is why supported accommodation may be a good choice for the person under your care.
Supported accommodation refers to a rented living space where the person under your care can settle in and get the care and support they need.
Naturally, you may feel a little hesitant about allowing the person under your care to go on to live in such accommodation on their own. However, these accommodations may offer certain benefits that can help them live their best life.
Let’s take a more detailed look at why you should consider choosing supported living accommodations.
The types of accommodations
To access these accommodations, the person under your care must become a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant. Here are the different accommodations available:
These accommodations are designed to house up to eight people, it's one home where all the residents will live together. There will also be care workers working around the clock to give them live-in support.
Shared Living Accommodations
This option is most suitable for people of all abilities who want to live independently but with a little bit of support for tasks like cooking or cleaning. This accommodation will give the person under your care their own living space, with the choice of a shared communal area.
The options for this type of accommodation will vary based on the service provider you choose.
Aged care homes
As the name applies, these accommodations cater to the elderly. This is usually suitable for elderly individuals who have age-related medical conditions that limit how effectively they can work on their own.
Here’s why these accommodations may be the right choice for the person under your care.
Safety and independence
At home, you might want to do everything you can to help the person under your care get through their day, sometimes even when they don’t ask for it. While this is a kind gesture from you, you might be inadvertently depriving them of their independence.
By living in a supported living accommodation, the person under your care will have the proper supports to help them become as independent as possible. This will give them more confidence in their abilities and allow them to develop independent living skills .
Many tasks that the person under your care could not accomplish on their own due to their impairment will now be easier thanks to the support the accommodation has in place for them.
Safety is another benefit of living in these accommodations. The person under your care will get the privacy they want, but they’ll never be alone. In addition, the accommodation is a safe environment and will have trained staff ready at all times in case of an accident or a medical emergency.
The accommodations are also well guarded to ensure that the person under your care will never have to deal with crimes such as robberies.
Back at home, the person under your care may have not had many people around to connect with, save for their close family. This is especially the case for individuals with physical impairments that make it difficult for them to leave their homes very often.
When living in an accommodation, the person under your care will be living in a small community alongside other people with similar needs. They’ll be able to interact with their peers every day and form strong friendships and even learn new life skills from them.
Alternatively, the person under your care can even use knowledge from their experiences to help others at the accommodation find new ways to accomplish daily tasks.
Many all abilities support providers will give the person under your care the ability to choose additional supports to make their stay more comfortable. For instance, they can choose to have the staff prepare meals for them and keep track of their daily medication schedule.
As an added benefit, the person under your care may also get to choose which staff members they will get assistance from.
Benefits to caregivers
When the person under your care starts living in a supported living accommodation, you’ll know they’ll be safe, and they’ll receive the privacy and independence they desire. The accommodation will offer the support that may have been difficult for you to provide by yourself.
Also, you’ll have more time for yourself, and you can focus on other responsibilities, like your career, family and social needs.
Find the right supported accommodation provider
Different support providers may offer different kinds of accommodations and support. When picking one for the person under your care, find a provider that will meet all their requirements.
Remember, it should be the person under your care’s decision whether they want to live in an accommodation or not. Make sure to discuss this with them before looking for a good accommodation provider.
Once you find the perfect accommodation for the person under your care, they’ll be able to experience the joys of having their own space and living life on their terms.
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