For people who are living with a debilitating or continuing disability, there are ongoing struggles that have to be managed on a consistent basis.
This hampers every aspect of their lives as they require help from carers, friends and family members to conduct the most basic of tasks.
When it comes to finding disability housing services, individuals in these circumstances can be left at a crossroads, unable to decipher where the assistance can be sought and how they should approach various bodies and departments.
Fortunately there are support networks in place to give the disabled community enough options to cater to their needs.
Through government policies enacted by the Australian Government to state support and the involvement of private enterprises, accessing accommodation in 2018 should be a process that is efficient and effective for participants seeking this help.
Here we will discuss these services open to the disabled community with some strategies to sourcing the right pathways to finding a home.
Speak with Government Departments
Following the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), disability housing services are on offer through various government bodies that have partnerships with providers. These outlets from state bodies in NSW, QLD, Victoria and elsewhere have the capacity to examine the profile of the disability and make assessments for drop-in support networks, independent housing options, modification funding and access to large residential centres.
Conduct Extensive Online Search
Any organisation that has been mentioned or recommended for disability housing services should see the patient or their carer conduct an online search about their rating and reception from the community. Further research should be undertaken to see where nearby access points can be found and whether or not they provide a significant logistical challenge for all parties.
Speak with Local Disability Support Groups
Those groups who have the experience dealing with disability housing services will often be the disability support networks based locally. There will be managers and staff on hand who have seen patients transition from one premises to another and can pass on that experience and case study to the current day setup. Other families will be able to openly discuss their own transition, outlining what procedures were successful and what stumbling blocks emerged.
Engage Personal Contacts and References
Those who are in the market to source disability housing services will likely be involved in groups and associations that have seen people in identical circumstances. By opening up a dialogue with these individuals, they could be in a position to pass on references to give their friends or colleagues an option they would not have previously considered.
It is one thing to consider the disability housing services that must be accessed for an individual that meets those requirements, yet it is another thing altogether to dig deeper and examine what features and services specifically need to be engaged. This will include the necessary day-to-day support for the participant and their carer or equipment, to the payment methods that extend beyond the NDIS or additional incentives, the profile of people to live with or specialist features that form part of the agreement.
When we think about what disability housing services should be providing, it is often a static solution to have the individual in a sanitized and controlled environment that is geared towards safety and assurance. However, there is a quality of life concern that is at play and the greater the limitation, the higher the possibility that mental anguish and stress will become apart of the equation.
This is where it is vital for government bodies, government initiatives and private organisations to offer the disabled different pathways to housing. From renting with close friends and family to having shared equity or even a move towards complete home ownership, the disabled element should not be an impairment to complete and comprehensive independence.