Somewhere to live
Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) is increasing the choice and flexibility in how it provides accommodation support options for people with disability.
This means that people with disability will have more opportunities to live the way they want to and in the most independent way possible. These options are designed to complement and enhance people’s own support from family, friends and other services.
With the right type of support, people with disability are able to lead full and independent lives – they go to school, gain employment, participate fully in their communities, and live with friends, families or in their own homes.
Accommodation support options range from low support provided every few days (for example, in-home and drop-in support services), through to support provided 24 hours a day.
The type of accommodation support you choose may depend on your individual needs, and how much support you may require. If you can do quite a few things without help, e.g. have a shower and get dressed each day, make a cup of tea or catch the bus to the shops, you may only need support for part of the day. There may also be other types of support services available to you.
ADHC also provides a number of different accommodation types for people with disability who are not able to live independently or in their own home with support. The amount of support they receive is matched to their needs. If you need some more help to do things, or aren’t able to do particular things without help e.g. bathing, eating or getting from one place to another, you may need a service that provides a higher level of support.
The Accommodation support options booklet helps explain these types of support.
Types of accommodation
- Group accommodation
- Drop-in support
- Individualised accommodation support
- Other supported accommodation types
Supported accommodation is also part of other targeted programs, such as the Young People Leaving Care Program, the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Program, the Boarding House Program and the Community Justice Program.
Access to support
You will need to be assessed for your eligibility to receive accommodation support. For all accommodation support funding, to be eligible for support you must have a disability (as defined under the NSW Disability Services Act 1993), and be a resident of NSW. For some types of accommodation support funding there may be other eligibility requirements, such as your age, and where you currently live.
You should contact an ADHC Intake officer to discuss what type of accommodation support would suit your needs best.
More information on eligibility requirements can be found in the Allocation of places in supported accommodation policy and procedures (PDF).
Getting a service
Contact your local Information, Referral and Intake service to discuss your situation and find out about the support options available to you. You can contact the service at any time during office hours. You need not wait for an emergency to do this.