If you’re considering leaving home to lead a more independent lifestyle we've provided some useful tips below. There are a range of living options and available supports as you build your independent living skills. These are usually funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Goal setting is an important part of living independently with a disability. It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Every NDIS participant has different goals but some examples are:
- Finding employment
- Learning a new skill
- Improving your fitness and health
- Building confidence so you can use pubic transport alone
- Making new friends
When you move into supported accommodation it is a good idea to let your support team know your goals. What you’d like to achieve and how you can best be supported.
Practice your independent living skills
You can start learning some useful life skills before you move into your new home. This includes making sure you know how to cook a few of your favourite meals and being able to wash your own clothes. This will help build your confidence when you move. And of course the team at Rise will be always be available 24/ 7 to support you.
It’s important to be able to manage your money wisely and ensure you plan for all expenses. By creating a budget you can ensure you have enough money for all your living expenses and to do the things you enjoy. The team at Rise can help you put a budget together.
Find out about your home and neighbourhood
It’s useful to get to know your suburb and the location of local amenities – things like shopping centres, public transport and community centres. It’s also worth investigating social activities and opportunities to pusue your passions. For example if you’re passionate about football is their a local team you can join. Although a search online will give you a good starting point, visiting the suburb will give you more detailed knowledge of your new neighbourhood and available amenities for living independently with a disability.
You can learn more about the Rise neighbourhood here.
Get support if you’re feeling anxious
Moving into a new home is a big change and for many people it can bring mixed emotions. It is common to feel anxious or stressed. Make sure you let people know how you are feeling and how you can best be supported. You may be eligible for counselling sessions through your NDIS plan. You can find out more here.
Get to know your support team
It’s a good idea to meet your support team before moving into a new place. You can let them know how they can best assist you as you build your life skills. The team at Rise will listen to you and work with to create a plan that to suit your requirments and lifestyle goals. You can get to know the Rise Support Team here.
Tips for parents and carers
We understand that parents and carers of people with disability may have many questions about supported accommodation and if it’s appropriate for the person they care about. The team at Rise are always available to discuss any concerns over this important life decision. Supported accommodation provides a fantastic opportunity for people with disability to grow and develop their independent living skills.
Disability and independent living options at Rise
Rise has supported accommodation vacancies across Perth. You can find out more here.