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Jason represents Nextt at Melbourne Disability Expo

Jason, one of our amazing clients from Victoria, recently represented Nextt at the Melbourne Disability Expo, where he discussed how we are supporting him to get more out of life. 

Jason’s story highlights some of the great work we are doing with INDIE, where we capture client goals and support clients to achieve them. 

Jason’s goals are:

  • I want to be lean and fit
  • I want to get out in the community more
  • I want to work on my hobbies more and eventually perform live music
  • I would like to build my skills to be self employed

With the support of our local service team, Jason has been attending sewing classes on Fridays, exercise physiology on Wednesdays and he tops it all off with regular band practice. This has helped him stay motivated and well on track to achieving his goals. 

Jason has also recently started his own fashion label!

Check out this video of him showing off his latest fashion line and playing his saxophone at the expo. 

This is another great example of how our service teams are making a measurable difference in our client’s lives!

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Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care Initiative

Did you know that almost 4,000 Australians under the age of 65 are living in permanent residential aged care, and some of these people are as young as 45? These Australians have found themselves in nursing homes because suitable settings have not been available to meet their needs. Living in residential aged care as a younger person often results in social isolation, disconnection from community, increases in poor mental health outcomes, and even deterioration of their physical health.

On 25th of November 2019, the Australian Prime Minister announced that the government is working to stop the flow of younger people (under the age of 65) going into residential aged care, and to help move young people already living in aged care to age-appropriate accommodation and support. 

The Government established a Joint Agency Taskforce between the Department of Social Services, Department of Health and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The Taskforce has established the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy 2020–2025.

In February 2022, changes were made to the aged care assessment pathway for younger people wanting to access Australian Government-funded aged care services. These changes make sure that young people will have support to explore other accommodation and support options more suitable to their care needs. This also includes supporting young people to assess their eligibility for the  (NDIS).  

Judith’s story

After suffering from a stroke over 23 years ago, Judy ended up in an aged care nursing facility. She was in her early forties at the time and felt she didn’t really belong.  She didn’t identify with the other people living in the aged care facility, she didn’t engage in activities and as a result she lost track of the outside world.

Today Judy lives in her home that is a Specialist Disability Accommodation Apartment with Supported Independent Living Supports in Sydney.  With the support of Nextt, she has regained her confidence; is much more independent and feels in control of the choices she makes in her own home.  Visit our ‘Client Stories’ page to see more about Judy’s story.

What these changes mean for you

According to Ellen Perkins, General Manager Business Development for Nextt, these changes are a positive step forward.  They will help to ensure that younger people with disability can access appropriate supports and that they will be able to live independently in accommodation settings that better suit their needs.

“Many people with disability are simply not aware that alternative housing options are available to them or the process to access this housing is incredibly complex and cumbersome,” Ellen said.  “They may have ended up in aged care as that may have been the only option available at the time.  However, there are a growing number of housing options available, including options that allow people with disability to live independently in their own home, or to share accommodation with others.  These include Specialist Disability Accommodation with Supported Independent Living Services, Independent Living Options as well as some supports that are available under Core Supports funding.”

Ellen said that it was best to check with your Support Coordinator to apply for these types of funding under your NDIS plan review.  You will need allied health evidence such as an OT assessment to determine the level of support you need and whether you’re eligible for these types of funding.

How Nextt can help

If you are currently under the age of 65 and living in permanent residential aged care, or if you’d like to find out more about disability service options that better meet your needs, please contact Nextt on 1300 369 568

If you don’t currently have a support coordinator, we may be able to provide you with one who can support you to maximise the benefits of your NDIS plan.  Or we can work with you and your current support coordinator to explore different disability housing options that are available.

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Is Supported Independent Living Right for You?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of support that helps you live independently in your own home, often in a shared arrangement, especially if you need some level of support at home all the time. Everyone who gets SIL is funded individually, based on the amount of support that you need.

So, how do you know if SIL is the best option for you?

Supported Independent Living is best suited for people living with disability who have higher support needs. This means you may need a significant amount of help throughout the day, as well as overnight support.  SIL includes the help or supervision with daily tasks, such as personal care, or cooking meals. Our support workers will assist you to live as independently as possible, while building your skills.

To ensure you receive the right supports and funding, NDIS encourages people  to complete a Home and Living support application, have an assessment by an OT and/or access support to apply through you support coordinator to apply. This provides the NDIS with the information about your current and future home and living goals, as well as your support needs, and will help them decide what home and living supports can be funded.

When deciding if SIL is necessary for you, NDIS will take under consideration:

  • How old you are,
  • How much support you need in your home every day, and
  • If you meet the NDIS funding criteria. Nextt can support you to determine your eligibility for funding.

Supported Independent Living at Nextt

Once the NDIS has deemed determined SIL to be the right option for you, our team at Nextt will work with you to find an accommodation and support solution that best suits your needs.

Our SIL team will take the time to know you, and if you are going to be sharing with others, carefully match you with the right people who share similar interests, personalities, and goals.

We also have a strong focus on locating a home in a location and with features that suits each individuals needs and requirements.

For more information on Nextt’s supported independent living options, click here. Or to view our SIL vacancies, click here. Or please call us on 1300 369 568 for further information on Nextt’s range of disability services.

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Nextt’s Very Own Narelle Fairweather Has Been Nominated as the 2022 ‘Most Outstanding Support Coordinator’

We are very proud to announce that Nextt’s very own support coordinator, Narelle Fairweather has been nominated as the ‘Most Outstanding Support Coordinator’ in the 2022 Australian Disability Service Conference and Awards (ADSCA). The ADSCA recognises excellence and innovation in the disability services sector.


Over the past six months, Narelle has introduced 20 National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to their local real estate agents, she has been able to break down perceptions and barriers and open up the possibility for her clients with disability to find their forever homes on the rental accommodation market.


Narelle has saved people at risk of homelessness and placed them into homes where they have been able to thrive and grow. Narelle explained how she made this all possible, she said:


“We trialled with one NDIS participant organising a meeting with them and the real estate agent – they got to connect with each other and discuss what was required… from there we organised a meeting to include a representative from the NDIS. This gave the real estate agent an understanding of how NDIS services, supports and funding works. The participant’s occupational therapist also met with the agent to get a clear understanding of what was physically needed in a potential rental home”


This is just one example of the steps Narelle takes to create positive, meaningful outcomes, and enhance the lives of many of her clients.


Narelle is one of 35 Award finalists, and one of three in the category Most Outstanding Support Coordinator. The Awards are being organised by One Community and co-founder Shelley Youman declares that it’s high time industry leaders such as Narelle, and the wider disability service sector, are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation.


“The Australian Disability Service Awards will do just that. Credit needs to be given to the amazing people, businesses, programs, and innovations that we see in this industry,” says Shelley.


“It is an industry where people put their heart and soul into what they are doing. Because ultimately the end result is that people’s lives are improved.”


Narelle’s efforts reflect Nextt’s client vision and purpose and emphasises how we support our clients to get more out of life.

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Working as a NDIS support worker: What you can expect from the role

Are you thinking about a career in disability support? Starting a career as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) disability support worker can be an extremely rewarding career path, where you will make a wonderful impact and add value to people’s lives.

According to the Australian Government Labour Market Information portal, healthcare and social assistance is currently the largest employment sector within Australia accounting for approximately 15% of the total workforce. If you are searching for a long-term career in a job that can lead to new opportunities, Disability Support Work is a great path to follow.

So, what can you expect from the role?

The greatest thing about working as a support worker is that no two days are ever the same. The day-to-day role of a support worker differs depending on the needs of the person they are supporting. This may include helping someone carry out their daily tasks to take care of themselves, teaching new skills, providing emotional support, and ensuring that they are living a fulfilled life.

Some of the duties and tasks you will do include:

  • Assisting people with daily living, focusing on self-care
  • Supporting clients to develop skills and participate in community activities.
  • Facilitating daily personal hygiene and dressing tasks.
  • Performing home based tasks such as cooking and housework.
  • Implementing a client-centred approach in delivering support and services.
  • Providing community access to clients to improve confidence and social skills,
  • Assistance with manual handling tasks.
  • Providing friendship and emotional support.
  • Working with other healthcare professionals to ensure that all care needs meet the highest possible standards.

The flexibility of this role stands out to many people, as you are able to work on both weekdays and weekends, and in the evening depending on the needs of the client, and your personal lifestyle. As a Nextt support worker, you will receive regular ongoing work with participants who match your skills and interests. We pride ourselves on our supportive environment and professional team that believes in constant improvement and self-development.

What training is offered?

At Nextt, our support workers are provided with a wide range of training to develop the core skills needed to deliver service excellence in their role, this includes:

  • Foundational skills training.
  • Work safety training.
  • Restrictive practices training.
  • Complex behaviour training.
  • Negotiation training.

Is there opportunity for career progression?

In the disability services industry, there is a lot of room for career progression. When you join our team at Nextt, you work in a flexible, supportive environment that invests heavily in the ongoing training and accreditation of our talented people.

Nextt has a range of ongoing opportunities to build your career. Visit our careers page to see our current roles available.

For more information on joining our disability support worker team, download our free guide, or contact us on 1300 576 097 and receive advice from one of our friendly team members.

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What is an Individual Living Option (ILO) and how can it work for you?

An Individualised Living Option (ILO) gives you the freedom to choose the home you live in and will provide the supports needed set up your unique supports. These supports will help you work out how you want to live your day-to-day life, where you want to live, and who you want to live with. There are a lot of choices with ILO, you can either:

  • Share a home with friends or housemates.
  • Live in the home with a host family.
  • Live on your own with the support you need.

ILO supports are designed to work with other support you receive including NDIS support coordination, support from your family or friends, or other networks so that you can have a sense of belonging, build connection with others, and live a safe and supportive lifestyle

ILO Supports are added to your plan in two stages:

  1. The first stage relates to exploring and designing the supports you need. You will work out where you want to live, the supports you’ll need and who you want to provide that support.
  2. The second stage is providing the support to put all you need into place. The support depends on how and where you want to live.

ILO supports can be changed, and will be designed to offer the safety, stability, and flexibility you need. The NDIS will identify which supports are necessary to fund for the second stage once you have completed the first stage.

ILO might be right for you if:

  • You are over the age of 18.
  • You need assistance at home for at least six hours per day.
  • You are ready to explore your home and living needs.
  • You are willing to invest time and effort towards creating your future home.
  • Your family or friends might be part of your ILO supports.

Often, those who you know well can play an important part in helping you explore options and make decisions. You can involve them in helping to design and manage your ILO.

What support could your ILO include?

  • Assistance in decision making, including where you want to leave, and the supports you need to make that happen.
  • Personal care, such as shopping and cooking.
  • Help to set up and manage your home.
  • Support in building your independence.
  • Building and maintaining connections with others.
  • Help with day-to-day decision making.
  • Support in managing behaviour and emotions.
  • Unpaid volunteers, family, friends, neighbours, or carers who help you on a regular basis
  • People on-call available to help when needed.
  • Training for those who support you.

ILO supports don’t usually include support for activities outside your home, like work or study, playing sport or socialising outside. However, there are other ways that we can help with these. You may also need separate support for other home and living such as home modifications.

At Nextt, we can help you identify if ILO supports is suited for you. For more information click here to fill out an enquiry form or contact us on 1300 369 568.

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Living in Brisbane: Supported Independent Living Specialist Disability Accommodation Vacancies

At Nextt, we are proud to have supported dozens of people in Australia find the appropriate living space suitable for their lifestyle and support needs, including those living in the bright sunny city of Brisbane.

Brisbane is one of the fastest growing capital cities in Australia. Not only is it a great place to work (and with an Olympics coming to Brisbane, there’s about to be a boom in international investment and interest) it’s also ideal as a lifestyle living location.

One of the other great benefits of living in Brisbane is the excellent healthcare system. Residents have access to both public and private sectors, including hospitals, general practitioners, specialists, and other allied healthcare professionals. Urgent and emergency medical care is also readily available.

At Nextt we are proud to be part of the local community and do our part to deliver a leading lifestyle to our customers. We offer the appropriate disability support services for our clients to live independently and get the most out of their lives. We ensure our clients understand which supports are available, and we work together to build their personal plan to reach their goals.

We also aim to offer the best housing options suited for individual needs. We carefully match tenants based on similar interests and backgrounds and work with all our clients to ensure a smooth transition.

We currently have a variety of supported independent living (SIL) and specialist disability accommodation (SDA) vacancies in Brisbane including:

Brassall

Nextt is looking for someone to share a SIL home with one of our existing clients located in the heart of Brassall, Ipswich. This home is perfect for a male housemate in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties who is outgoing and loves to socialise. This SIL property is located in the new Gainsborough Meadows Estate. The home is a tidy three-bedroom duplex, with a large yard with modern appliances and cooling throughout the home. This is home ticks all the boxes. The local shopping centre, fast food restaurants and petrol stations are all just a short drive from the property. Click here to learn more about this property.

Wellington Point

We are looking for someone to share a SIL home with our clients in the wonderful Wellington Point, Brisbane. Our current resident is quiet in nature, very caring and friendly. This home is ideal for a female in her 40’s or 50’s who also enjoys being around people and likes listening to music. Wellington Point is surrounded on both sides with water and is a great spot for various water sports and visiting parks. The property in on a quiet street and has its choices of cafes and shops to visit. Click here to learn more about this property.

Once your eligibility for SIL has been established, it is time to find the appropriate home, and housemates for you to move in with. Nextt currently supports several people living independently in supported accommodation, and we have a team of experts available to support you in starting this process. Call us on 1300 369 568, or register your interest here, for more information. 

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Finding the Right Disability Housing

The type of disability accommodation that you will benefit from will depend on your support needs, and the funding available to you. At Nextt, we will support you to find disability accommodation that is right for you.

National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS provides a number of different housing options that can either help you to live independently, or that can provide you with more specialised support, such as: ownership to rentals, independent living to those that need sustained care, and allow for the need to make modifications to the property in order to ensure the environment is right for the individual.

Some of the options that we’ve explored for our clients at Nextt include:

Specialised Disability Accommodation (SDA)

If the design of a home will assist in you living more independently, then SDA may be the right option for you. Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) are innovative homes specially built for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. To apply for SDA, you need:

  • A Housing Goal: include housing goals within your NDIS plan
  • Create a Housing Plan (including housing needs): this is usually done by your support coordinator or occupational therapist. It may also be completed by yourself, or any Allied Health professional that supports you.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) can assess if you need SDA funding, once approved, they will fit you into one of four ‘Design Standards’, which define your SDA level. Once you have your SDA level, it is yours for life, and you don’t need to reapply unless you want your level reassessed.

The ‘Design Standards’ are:

  1. Improved Liveability: including the basic physical needs such as wider doors, or luminous contrasts.
  2. Fully Accessible: including physical needs such as wheelchair access to the kitchen and bathroom
  3. High Physical Support: the higher physical support needs such as communicative technology, and ceiling hoists.
  4. Robust: including strong walls, clear lines of site, and retreat areas for support workers and other visitors.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

SIL helps people to live independently in their own home. It is usually provided 24/7 in a house where care is shared among the household residents. Because of this, we take the time to match each client carefully to make sure they are living with people who have similar personalities, goals, and support needs. To apply for SIL you need:

  • A Housing Goal: include housing goals within your NDIS plan
  • Reports and Assessments from the NDA: showing the supports required to assist in achieving your independent living goal.
  • SIL will be included in your plan as Quote Pending.
  • Quote from SIL Provider: once you find a home that you want to live in, Nextt will provide you with a quote for our services. This is sent to the NDIA, and once approved, the funding will be added to your NDIS plan, and will pay and liaise directly with your SIL provider.

NDIS Core Supports

NDIS Core funding supports you with daily living activities and to work towards your goals. Examples of core supports include transportation, and assistance with household tasks.

Individual Living Options (ILO)

These include the living arrangements that focus on the individual, such as:

  • Living Alone
  • Co-residency
  • Host Arrangements, and
  • Living Together.

Nextt will help you define what living option that will best suit your needs and will then work with you to help you deliver on that plan. To start, we will create a quote and email the NDIS for review. 

Home Renovations

Home renovations include any changes to the structure, layout, or fittings to a disability home, so that residents can safely access it, and comfortably move around the areas that are frequently used. The process would be assessing the property and retrieve quotes for the changes, including equipment, labour, and servicing. We will also send reports to the NDIA from an Allied Health professional as proof that these changes need to be made.

Mainstream Services

Even if you have daily support needs, you can live somewhere that suits your circumstances and lifestyle. You do not need to settle for what is immediately available, and you can use your NDIS Core Funding to organise support workers to assist you when needed. You can search for homes that are for sale or rent by calling local real-estate agents for their listings, or looking online through websites such as Domain, or RealEstate.com.au.

Buying a Home

You may be eligible to purchase a home by using Trusts: Specialist Disability Trust and other types of Trusts may be used, which can assist a person with achieving the dream of home ownership. The government also offers Shared Home Ownership for low-income earners.

In most cases, you get approval from a bank first to get a home loan. To get a loan to buy a home you need to have saved up a deposit which is usually around 20% of the total purchase price.

Renting a property

To rent a home, you first need to find a rental property that you like and apply either directly through a real estate agency or online. You will need to prove your income, prove your identity, and show a rental history, or letter of recommendation that you are a good tenant. Once approved, you will need to pay one month’s rent in advance and a bond. Your bond will then be refunded to you when you move out, only if you have not damaged the property.

If you are unsure where to start or need assistance with any part of this process, Nextt have the specialists that can assist. Contact us on 1300 369 568 for more information regarding disability housing options. Or to view our SIL and SDA vacancies, click here.

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Living in Melbourne: Supported Independent Living and Specialist Disability Accommodation Vacancies

At Nextt, we have helped over 150 people in Australia find the right living space suitable for their lifestyle and support needs, some of which are living in the great city of Melbourne.

Melbourne prides itself for its rich history and diversity. It is made up of many different people from all kinds of cultures and ages. Melbourne is a wonderful place to live as the locals are inclusive, progressive, and respectful of people’s differences.

One of the main benefits of living in Melbourne is its comprehensive range of world-class health and wellbeing services available. Here at Nextt, we are proud to be among the finest health services in Melbourne.

We provide the right disability support for our clients to get the most out of their lives. We help our clients understand their services choices, and we work together to build their plan and reach their goals.

Our goal is to provide you with disability housing options suited to your needs. We carefully match tenants based on common interests and backgrounds and work with all our clients to ensure a smooth individualised transition.

We currently have a variety of supported independent living (SIL) and specialist disability accommodation (SDA) vacancies in Melbourne, including:

Westmeadows

Our Westmeadows SIL vacancy is supported by Nextt and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. This home will be perfect for a female, aged 30-40, who respects privacy, and is willing to participate in communal activities. If you are looking for a property in a quiet suburb, with a large yard, and air-conditioning and heating throughout, this home is ideal for you. This Westmeadows home is located close to public transport options including bus, trains, and trams, and is also near the Global Drive Reserve and Gladstone Park Shopping Centre offering recreational, dining and shopping opportunities. Click here to learn more about this property.

Richmond

Located right in the heart of Richmond, Nextt and Guardian Living have a vacancy for a two-bedroom apartment. This SDA apartment is specially designed for someone who requires high physical support and are rated to ‘Platinum Plus’ standards in accordance with the Liveable Housing Australia Guidelines. The apartment block is located adjacent to Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, overlooking the famous Yarra River, and only a short train or tram ride to Melbourne’s sport precinct and the CBD. Click here to learn more about this property.

Melton

Located in Melbourne’s outer western suburbs, Melton is a safe and vibrant city, accessible to all. Nextt is looking for someone to share this new SDA Improved Liveability home, with accessible bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen. It is a four-bedroom home, with a low maintenance garden, outdoor entertainment area, and rear access to the property. It has large doors throughout house for easy access, and every room has a private ensuite. Click here to learn more about this property.

Once your eligibility for SIL has been determined, it is time to find the right home, and housemates for you to move in with. Nextt currently support many people living in disability accommodation, we have a team of experts available to support you in starting this process. Call us on 1300 369 568, or register your interest here, for more information.

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How to manage your day-to-day routine with high physical supports?

High Intensity Physical Supports are provided to people who require additional assistance in day-to-day life in areas such a mobility, mealtimes, and continence management. With supports to manage your daily living, we can assist you to reach your goals and maximise your independence.

So, how can you manage your day-to-day routine with high physical supports?

At Nextt we aim to assist you to live independently and get more out of life. Our highly professional team offer support to ensure your day-to-day routine is achievable and manageable. We will work with you to create a routine based around your individual high physical support needs.

Nextt can aid around the management of your High Intensity Physical Support activities such as diabetes management and or enteral feeding. This can be provided alongside supports with your Daily Personal Activities.

We provide a wide range of supports including:

  • High-level support – such as assisting our clients in managing their medication, complex continence management and mealtime management
  • Physical support – helping our clients when needed with transferring, mobility, and personal care.
  • Cognitive and behavioural support – supporting our clients through prompting, supervision and/or strategies to support within a Positive Behaviour Support Framework.

Additionally, our experienced and friendly staff can assist individuals with:

  • Personal care routines
  • Managing day to day routines for activities of daily living
  • At-home rehabilitation programs
  • Getting involved in community activities
  • Attending appointments
  • Liaising with key stakeholders

Whether you need short-term support or long-term disability support, and assistance in managing your day-to-day routine, we’re here for you. Contact Nextt and let us know how we can support you with your specific requirements. We aim to respond to all enquiries within one business day, call us on 1300 369 568 for further information.