As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or loved ones. This is particularly true for those providing informal care to those living with disability.
The time may come when it’s right for your loved one to be transitioned out of the family home and into a new home. You’ll want to ensure their new home is set up to provide the necessary support, care, and autonomy over their daily experiences.
While this can be a challenging decision, moving through this transition with the right services and support network can be an empowering, positive experience for all.
Here’s our useful guide for identifying the key services required to transition your adult child out of the 24/7 informal care environment of the family home.
Domestic care services availability
One of the most important services to consider first is domestic assistance. These services can provide your loved one with the support necessary to living independently and comfortably in their own home.
Domestic assistance services can empower your loved one in every aspect of their daily routine. These services can include:
- Daily household cleaning and chores
- Vacuuming, mopping, laundry, ironing, and other household tasks
- Deep cleaning, such as windows, and small repairs, such as changing lightbulbs
- Meal preparation, including preparation of shopping lists, grocery shopping, and personalised support across the food preparation process
- Gardening assistance and maintenance
When reviewing a domestic assistance service provider, consider how their support is structured: is it customer-centred, and can it be tailored to the individual?? By working with a service provider focused on maintaining client autonomy, you’ll find control remains in the hands of your loved one.
As well as domestic care services, personal hygiene routines are an area where individualised support is a crucial priority. These services may include:
- Dressing and showering
- Assistance with continence management
- Manual handling
- An empowered and dignified approach to personal care routines
As when your loved one was living in the family home, finding a support structure that keeps their personal hygiene routines front and centre is a necessary element of this major life transition.
Community access support
Domestic care is only one of the factors you need to consider. By ensuring your loved one has access to community activities and events, you can make sure they’re supported across all aspects of a satisfying, autonomous daily routine.
Support from the NDIS can help to ensure your loved one can access a variety of leisure activities and family events, giving them control of their social calendars. These services may include physical and emotional support, such as transport assistance and activities that support the development of personal independence and goal achievement
We’ve seen the positive impact regular social engagement with the wider community can make. As you plan to transition your adult child out of the home, organising regular community engagement can help your loved one enjoy connection, and pursue their hobbies and interests.
NDIS and government supports
If you’re navigating a new level of government supports for the first time, it can be easy to become overwhelmed quickly. Finding the tools and resources to navigate these support systems can make a world of difference in creating sustainability for your loved one. Did you know these services can provide financial assistance to help your loved one as they move into a new living arrangement?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for individuals living with disability that helps them achieve their goals and live as independently as possible. You can find further information about navigating the NDIS on our blog.
NDIS Support Coordination can be an integral function in your loved one’s transition out of the family home. This assistance can ensure full coordination of services that impact the health and wellbeing of your loved one, with support coordination also identifying opportunities to ensure the most value is gained from their NDIS plans. In this process, your loved one’s feedback needs to be prioritised, ensuring they’re heard across their network of supports and service providers.
Whether your loved one is implementing their first NDIS plan as they transition out of your home, or they’re looking to get more value out of their existing plan, look for services that ensure their needs are met on an ongoing basis.
Support for the transition to a new home
Moving from the family home can be a major life milestone. By making the most of a support framework that focuses on a smooth and dignified transition, you can find physical and emotional support for you and for your loved one.
It’s important that every service provider prioritises the individual needs, strengths and goals of each customer. As no two people living with disability share the same experience, these factors must be the cornerstone of any service to offer seamless support.
With over 30 years of customer-centred support, Enhanced Lifestyles provides the tools for individuals living with disability to reach new levels of independence and autonomy. Our Lifestyle Attendants provide caring, intuitive and customer-centred assistance across each of the services discussed here (and more).
If you’re looking to transition your adult child out of the home, our team can provide comprehensive care to empower you and your loved one. Contact us today to learn more.