Multicap’s Customer Relationship Officer, Lisa McGuinness has years of experience helping people with disability move out of home. She reveals it only takes six steps to be on your way to gaining an independent lifestyle in accommodation that best suits your needs.
“These days the housing options available to people with disability are exciting,” Lisa said. “There are quality homes which can enable people with disability to thrive independently, be empowered to make choices and enjoy quality of life.”
Lisa explains that there are many reasons why you might want to move out of home.
“Some common reasons include you are ready to become more independent, family or carers are no longer able to provide care, the current home is no longer meeting your disability-related needs, or you are unable to return home safely when discharged from a health care facility.”
While it can be a lengthy process, moving out of home with NDIS support can happen smoothly in the following six steps:
1. Get a housing and living support goal (medium or long term) in your next NDIS plan
For example: Over the next few years I would like to explore options that may assist me in preparing to live independently, and what solutions may be available for me to be able to safely leave home.
2. Ask for supports to help you to start to work towards this goal
This may include therapy, short term accommodation (STA) and support coordination. Allied health support to help build functional capacity in all domains to gain more independence in daily life. STA to develop everyday living skills in a new environment to work towards living independently in the future. Support Coordination to help connect you with service providers and oversee the process to achieve goals.
3. Think about what type of living arrangement and house you would like to live in based on your needs.
Some options include:
• a private rental
• social Housing (Department of Housing)
• living with housemates (people who provide care, help and companionship)
• living with a host (person or family who is not related to you)
• living with others who have a disability and can share supports with you
• Specialist Disability Accommodation due to specific need (better mobility access etc).
4. Complete a request for home and living supports before your next plan review
The NDIS has a Home and Living Supports Request Form that needs to be completed. This is where a Support Coordinator can really help with the process and help to gather all the evidence and supporting documentation you’ve been working on to help the NDIS understand your exact needs.
The NDIS will use this information to identify appropriate home and living supports for you, and how they will be funded.
5. Attend your plan review and determine what appropriate home and living supports you need, and what the NDIS will fund in your next plan
This may include:
• in home support which may include personal care and help around the home
• Supported Independent Living (SIL)
• Individualised Living Option (ILO)
• home modifications
• Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
Note: the NDIS does NOT fund living expenses, they only fund the support you need in the home of your choice.
6. Find a provider who you would like to work with
After you receive your new plan, a Support Coordinator, NDIS Planner or Local Area Coordinator can help you find a range of providers that can provide the supports you have been funded for. You can look on the internet for providers, check out the NDIS provider search tool, or ask others for recommendations.
Did you know that Multicap provides a number of services, such as housing, STA, SIL, and Support Coordination that may assist you with finding your dream home? Visit our website or contact us today on 1300 135 886.