SASI manages six Shared Supported Accommodation facilities. These homes each accommodate up to five people and are located in:
These homes are for people over 18 years of age who require long term accommodation support beyond what can be provided by family in the home environment.
Two or three disability support staff are on hand to provide personal care and support on a 24/7 basis to the residents when they are in their shared home environment.
Staff actively encourage and support residents to participate to the best of their ability in all aspects of their lives. For example the resident who has selected the evening menu will help prepare the meal. Every attempt is made to engage residents in the daily activities they enjoy as a means of building confidence and helping to develop key communication, social and independent living skills and managing behaviour.
Each resident has a Person Centred Plan, which provides carers with a sense of their history, what is important to them, what they enjoy and dislike, how they wish to be supported and what their goals are. From that we develop a tailored support plan and identify goals the person wants to achieve.
The plan identifies what strategies will be put in place, who is responsible and how we will demonstrate the goals have been achieved. Each plan is reviewed regularly (not less than every 3 years) to ensure the individual's goals, aspirations and needs are being met. SASI's approach is to ensure we fit into the residents' needs – not make the resident fit SASI's needs.
Residents are supported to access the community and maintain relationships with family and friends. Each resident is allocated one outing of their choice each week. It might be to a café, a movie, the library, a medical appointment or to visit someone. Many residents regularly visit family members, attend family functions, stay overnight and go on family holidays. Each resident also participates regularly in group and individual recreation activities as well as attending adult day programs of their choice.
All vacancies within these accommodation services are managed via the Department of Human Services Vacancy Management process. Those interested in long term accommodation should contact DHS Intake & Response on 1300 131 079 and request to be registered on the Disability Service Register (DSR).
For further information about these services please contact SASI, on (03) 9773 6044.