At Nextt, our aim for all our participants is to help them live happy, independent lives to the best of their abilities. For many adults with disability, this means taking a step towards independent living. Disability housing is a great way to achieve this goal.
Here are four things you probably didn’t know about disability housing in Australia.
There are many different types of disability housing
There are misconceptions around what disability housing is and what it looks like. There are many different types of disability housing, which include:
Shared living: Shared living is where you choose to move into a new home and have the opportunity to live with other people,
Independent living: This covers Nextt participants who are living independently in their own homes, but need a little extra help,
In home respite: Depending on your needs, Nextt may be able to support you to stay at home alone by providing staff to come and stay with you for short periods of time.
Shared living in disability housing is a chance to develop new skills
For many of our Nextt participants, opting to live in disability housing in a shared living arrangement is a chance to develop new skills as a continuation of their capacity building programs. Living in a new environment without the help of family and friends provides an opportunity to take more responsibility in maintaining a household and personal care. Living in shared disability housing sees participants do grocery shopping, cook and clean for themselves and learn how to maintain an orderly home. These life skills are hugely beneficial for our Nextt participants.
Nextt considers who will live well together in shared disability housing
Much like living in a share house in your early adult years, it’s important to consider the dynamic between yourself and your housemates. When it comes to placing participants in disability housing under the supported independent living model, we look out for participants who have common goals and common interests, so that they may be able to live harmoniously and work together to develop their skills.
We support participants to achieve independent living
For parents and careers of people with disability, the thought of your children living independently is scary. Even though they are moving out of home and taking a big step towards a more independent lifestyle, they’re not alone. Your child’s disability support team regularly visit – and often continue your child’s established morning and afternoon routines – to ensure that participants maintain structure in their lives.
For more information about how we might be able to help you or your loved one find the correct disability housing, contact the Nextt team today!