Helping people with a place to call home

Ability Options is a leading provider of accommodation and independent supported living and has been supporting people with a place to call home for over 40 years.

There is a passion here for supporting people with disabilities to find their ideal place to live, with people they get along with and have similar interests.

Their properties are close to amenities and services, with experienced and loyal staff who can support people with complex needs as well as those who prefer an individual style of living.

There is also group and individual opportunities within the community to support people to make new friends, connect with a range of daily activities and build and develop skills and interests.

There are several accommodation supports and services available to individuals with a disability in Australia.

Depending on the individual's needs, organisations and the NDIS can help with funding or other supportive means, whether they live in a shared house or their own home.

Specialist accommodation

In about 6 per cent of cases, NDIS participants can access assistance for specialist disability accommodation (SDA).

SDA is accommodation for those who need specialist housing solutions and support due to their extreme impairment or high support needs.

SDA doesn't refer to support services, but rather the homes in which support services are delivered. The SDA ensures that eligible individuals don't have to pay more for their homes just because of their disability.

Private rental

People living with a disability can choose to privately rent. This can be done by using any income they might have or even a portion of the DSP (if eligible) to pay rent.

A private rental can be beneficial as there is the option of having roommates. This significantly reduces rent costs and in some cases can result in support services being shared.

Supported independent living

Under the NDIS, supported independent living (SIL) is funding for supervising tasks of daily life in a shared living environment, either temporary or ongoing.

Individuals with a disability living in a private rental setting, their own home or with others may be eligible. SIL is help with and/or supervision over daily tasks with the aim of developing the skills of an individual to live as independently as possible.

There are three levels of supported independent living available:

Lower needs: Provides supervision of living arrangements, but is typically not a 24/7 service.

Standard needs: Provides 24/7 support, including active assistance and supervision of most daily tasks.

Higher needs: Provides highly frequent assistance, be it by managing challenging behaviours or offering continual help with all daily tasks.

Ability Options offers a range of service models for accommodation, ranging from units to purpose-built houses or group homes with 24/7 support. This is because they believe that every individual should have the means and help to live as independently as possible.

"We believe in a human rights focus, values-based practice and ensuring that we put every person at the centre of their support," said Julie Melahan, manager of Accommodation and Respite at Ability Options.

Working in partnership is key, with the person we support, those who love them and our local community.

Julie Melahan, manager, Accommodation and Respite, Ability Options

If you would like to know more please call 1300 422 454 or visit hvds@abilityoptions.org.au

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