Achieve your goals for independent living; get involved with the community
ACES offers a range of support services to assist you to live independently.
The move to independent living is a big step for everyone. Learning to be safe, to do things for yourself and to work cooperatively with other people outside your family circle, are all part of the process.
Our Independent Living Skills training program can help you learn new skills and build the confidence needed to live independently.
The program is ideal for people with low to moderate support needs, who want to transition from being solely supported by family.
Some of the skills you could learn include:
• living harmoniously with housemates
• communicating your needs to others
• how to shop for food and prepare meals
• managing budgets and money
• personal care and presentation
• looking after your home
• local travel options
• phones and computers
• getting on with neighbours
• making friends and positive peer relationships.
Whether you are leaving your family home, or you’d like to move from group accommodation into a place of your own, we can work with you to make a plan based on your specific needs and goals.
The ACES team can also help by connecting people with the type of practical and social supports available in the community.
Support you can count on
Helping ACES families work towards their goals is what we do best.
The words “safe” and “appropriate long term accommodation” often come up in conversations with carers, yet availability and choices in this area are limited. It is an issue the ACES team is working on.
In the meantime, whatever your independent living goals, ACES will support your efforts to achieve them.
Developing Independent Living Skills
You are encouraged and supported to live as independently as you are able and to have as much involvement in running your home as you want to. You will also be supported and encouraged to be active within your community as much as you wish and are able to.
Living in your own home means you have better access to your community and gives you the chance to experience more in your daily life. We provide the support you need to be able to live independently or with a group in your own home, in rented public or private housing.
A night time support roster is either covered by sleepover staff or by staff on an ‘awake’ shift. We listen to your individual needs and wishes to develop a roster where qualified support staff can be on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can live as independently as possible.
You are encouraged and supported to be responsible for the running of your home and manage your daily living expenses such as household costs and personal expenses. If you are living in shared or rented accommodation, your tenancy agreement can be established in your own name and we will support you to manage tenancy obligations such as inspections and furnishing your home
Find out more
Call ACES on (02) 6581 2348 to make a time to come and talk with us about your needs.
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