Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Accommodation types and service models

ADHC currently operates and funds a range of specialist supported living and supported living services.

Support based on needs

The Accommodation Framework (PDF, large file >1MB) outlines different accommodation types and service models that are designed to support people with disability across the spectrum, ranging from low support needs through to 24 hours a day support.

Accommodation models

ADHC currently operates the following accommodation models:

Group accommodation models

Group accommodation models provide high level supported accommodation for an individual or small group of clients in a community setting. These models:

  • apply to a range of accommodation types, such as one bedroom single storey apartments, two bedroom townhouses or five bedroom single storey homes with a granny flat;
  • cover a range of accommodation options, where people may choose to live with other people or on their own, and
  • are able to be operated independently, with the possibility of shared staffing between premises located nearby or on the same site.

Group accommodation models use a flexible person-centred planning approach to support the individual, provide a tailored program of support and care, assist people with essential activities of daily living and to live in, access and participate in the community.

Group accommodation models may be part of the NGO Community Living, Community Justice Program (CJP), Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC), Leaving Care Program (LCP) or Boarding House Relocation Programs.

Group accommodation types include:

  • Group homes
  • Village model
  • Cluster model
  • Co-located model
  • Villas / apartments

Read more about these models in the Accommodation support options booklet (PDF, large file >1MB).

Drop-in support

Drop-in support services provide up to 35 hours of direct support per week for people with disability who require low to moderate levels of accommodation support. Each person lives in their own, rented or family accommodation, and receives an individually tailored support package. 

Each person will receive:

  • age and culturally appropriate levels of support to complete activities of daily living and develop social connection
  • support to develop skills to enable them to avert homelessness, access less intensive services in the future or delay possible entry into a more intensive model
  • appropriate levels of support that manage risks associated with health and well-being
  • assistance to sustain a tenancy and reside independently in their own or the family home within a community setting.

Attendant Care Program

An Attendant Care Program package provides portable, flexible and individualised support for people with a physical disability or who need personal help to complete activities of daily living. People may be eligible for an Attendant Care Program package if they are between 16 and 65 years old, live in their own or the family home or their own leased or shared accommodation, are able to manage living in the community by accessing community supports, and need more than 15 hours per week of personal assistance to complete activities of daily living.

Read more about the Attendant Care Program.

Large residential centres

This is an existing legacy model of supported accommodation which provides 24 hour residential support for people with an intellectual disability. In Stronger Together: The second phase there is a commitment to close all large residential centres by the end of June 2018.

Alternative family placement

Alternative family placements are available for children and young people with disability who are aged less than 18 years and who have moderate to very high support needs, who are unable to live permanently or full time with their birth families.

This is a model that would be developed for a child or young person in conjunction with their support coordination or case management services.

Licensed residential centres (boarding houses)

These are private, usually for profit shared accommodation services licensed under the Youth and Community Services Act 1973 where two or more people with a disability elect to reside.

Read more about the Boarding House Program.

Read the Report on Targeted Consultations for the Reform of the Boarding House Sector 

Expanding the range and flexibility of accommodation models

ADHC is continuing to develop and expand the range and flexibility of accommodation models. As part of Stronger Together: The second phase, further models of flexible, person-centred accommodation support are being developed. ADHC will keep the sector informed throughout the progress of these projects.

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