Living and Support Services
At OC Connections, our approach to supported accommodation for people with disabilities takes a different approach to most. Rather than have people fit a prescribed model of supported living, we prefer to take the time first to find out some of the things that matters most to the person:
- Where do you want to live?
- Who do you want to live with?
- How do you want to be supported?
- What does your ideal home look like?
Not surprising, the responses are often similar. People with disabilities want to live like everyone else, in a supported home with services and equipment that enables the greatest level of independence, and to enjoy a lifestyle that reflects their own choices and goals.
Our homes are underpinned by a philosophy that believes that the best person to design a service are those who will be using it. Most of our supported community homes have been designed and built in consultation with the people who live in them.
Over the past couple of years, our Residential Services has undergone major change to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to meet the future accommodation requirements of people with disabilities.
In 2015, we embarked on a major residential redevelopment program to build five new supported community homes, replacing outdated congregate facilities that were no longer relevant to how people should, or wanted to live.
All our homes are specifically designed for people with disabilities, meet accessibility requirements and feature assistive technology and equipment to enable residents to be as independent as possible.
Support and staffing levels vary from home to home and is based on an individual’s needs and available funding. During the day, most residents either work or attend community-based or retirement activities.
Our Residential Services is focussed on participants maintaining and developing living skills, having access to community activities and experiencing a lifestyle like other community members.
Accessing Our Homes
To access OC Connections’ Accommodation Services, people must have a disability, are aged 18 years or over and on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Disability Support Register (DSR).
When a vacancy becomes available, we fill this by working in partnership with the DHHS vacancy coordination team.
Like all of us, who we live with is important. Therefore, we take the time to match housemates based on compatibility with other residents and take into account things like age, interests and personal health needs.