A home of your own
Moving out of the family home into one of your own is one of life’s significant milestones. It’s time to spread your wings, make new friends, develop your interests and decide how you want to live.
At Anglicare, we understand that this is equally exciting and daunting for the person leaving the nest and for members of their family and other support networks.
We firmly believe it’s an experience that should also be readily available to Tasmanians living with a disability.
To mark International Day of People Living with a Disability (December 3), we’re highlighting the role that supported independent living can play in making this a reality.
Anglicare’s Supported independent living (SIL) properties provide a safe and comfortable environment in which a small number of people live together, explains Anglicare’s State Manager Residential Services Mollie Peck.
“Our friendly, experienced staff support residents to live independently, in a way that they choose,” she says. “We assist with cooking, cleaning and personal care where required, and support each person to access day support programs and follow their personal interests and hobbies.”
Disability Support Worker Ankush Watts says his role is to support residents to live their lives to the full.
“There’s a really fun-loving culture in the house I work in,” he says. “It’s pretty fast-paced and there’s a lot of laughter and positive energy. Cooking a meal together at the end of a busy day, relaxing in front of the telly together and being included in birthday celebrations is very special.”
Mollie Peck says it’s an exciting time for Anglicare’s Disability Services.
“We’re adapting our services to meet the changing needs of our current clients and welcoming new people into our service,” she said.
“We take great care to ensure that house-mates are like-minded. We match their personalities, likes and dislikes and support needs and ensure that when a new person is welcomed into a house, the transition is managed very gradually.
“Our team of disability support workers are very focused on making sure the settling in process for everyone is as seamless as possible.”
Daniel (pictured above) enjoys playing computer and playstation games, watching Netflix and riding his bike, but more than anything, he enjoys catching up and spending time with his brother.
An Anglicare SIL resident for several years now, Daniel says he’s excited about an upcoming change of scene, when he moves into a newly-acquired property in Hobart’s northern suburbs. He is looking forward to having his brother and friends visit his new place for a BBQ on the deck, particularly over the Christmas break.
Interested in finding out more?
Anglicare currently has vacancies in SIL properties in the north and south of the State. You can find out more information on the Anglicare website. If you or a family member has an NDIS package that includes ‘core supports – assistance with daily life’ reach out to Anglicare’s Intake Team on 1800 242 232 for a friendly and confidential chat. They will guide your next steps. You can also email us at NDIS@Anglicare-tas.org.au
The field of disability support work is growing rapidly and Anglicare is currently looking for people to join our team. Check www.anglicare-tas.org.au/careers for more details.