Since the NDIS was introduced in July 2016, occupational therapy and support services for the disabled have been expanded, so as to provide a greater level of care and compassion for the disadvantaged. Indeed, part of this scheme has involved increased funding to improve the quality of available disability accommodation so as to improve the quality of life, mental health and available care for those who are disabled. Here are some of the key benefits that supporting housing can provide to those in need.
Promotes a sense of community
From self-contained units to multi-room houses, disability accommodation has the benefit of building a sense of community and friendship with those who live there. Building long-term friendships can greatly improve one’s social life and skills, their ability to communicate and engage with others, while improving one’s mental health. Put simply, having people around you reduces the likelihood of depression and anxiety as a result of isolation.
Allows for greater staff support
In essence, disability accommodation has grown under the NDIS, which has allowed for greater levels of staff support throughout the day and night if needed. Such tasks could involve budgeting, planning, food shopping, laundry, meal preparation and creating social events and leisure time. Having that extra level of support can go a long way in improving the functioning of the share house and ensuring that all members get along without any issues.
Building trust and responsibility
Likewise, shared disability accommodation can help individuals develop a sense of trust in one another, while also help develop responsibility and accountability. Regular group meetings and outlining each housemate’s role and responsibilities for the week can go a long way in honing leadership skills, satisfaction and reliability. This can have the added benefit of improving relationships and social skills, thereby strengthening bonds.
Without suitable support housing, many people would be left unable to care for themselves, which would ultimately reduce the quality of their life and emotional health. Support housing means that individuals who are disabled are able to become more independent and productive in an environment that is safe, secure and well supported by occupational therapists. There is also a psychological element of satisfaction in developing your own sense of independence and autonomy when living in a share house or support housing. Becoming more independent involves developing skills like bathing, cooking, cleaning and dressing, which will ultimately improve self-satisfaction and self-esteem. In share housing, individuals can take greater control over their life, their relationships and daily activities.
At the same time, disability accommodation is generally more suitable than regular housing because it is often modified with assistive technologies that help make life easier for people who may be disabled. For those with severe physical impairments, such modifications to disability accommodation may include assisted walkways, assistive rails and removal of stairs. For young children with severe disabilities, home modifications will likely include child-proofing of cabinets with dangerous items or the installation of guards to prevent access to areas of the home that may lead to harm to the individual. This encourages participation in the home and can improve internal relationships, while obviously improving quality of life in the home.
Less strain on families
Living in approved disability accommodation also ensures that you receive the best occupational treatment and support, while reducing the strain put on families, who are likely not as well equipped in helping people who are disabled. There is more support staff to deal with any concerns or stresses, meaning that if you are a family member of someone who is disabled, you are not burdened with concerns beyond your control or level of expertise.