Achieve Australia’s Drop-in Support service provides assistance designed to increase opportunities for people with disability to live independently, or transition to more independent living arrangements. Drop-in Support is available to individuals who live on their own, with family or in other shared living environments.
Karen, who receives Drop-in Support on a regular basis, says that the help she receives offers both personal and social benefits. “Staff come in the morning to help me clean up, go shopping and help me look after my cat, Princess, and take her to the vet. On the weekends, I go out with staff and my friends and don’t sit at home by myself. We go bowling, to Parramatta, the city and lots of other places.”
”Supporting participants at home means they are empowered to remain in their own homes, be independent, lead a healthy lifestyle and participate in the community like everyone else.Roni Isaac, Community Living Manager at Achieve
“I also like cooking with the staff and cleaning my place up to make it look nice. The staff help me to be more independent,” Karen went on to say.
Drop-in Support offers in-home services that include, but are not limited to:
- Daily household tasks such as cleaning, washing and ironing
- Grocery shopping and cooking
- Personal care
- Building new skills
- Maintaining relationships with family and friends
- Establishing new friendships and social connections
- Attending medical or hospital appointments
- Budgeting and banking
- Connecting with local community networks
- Finding employment and going to work
- General health and wellbeing
- Family support for ageing parents or other family members where individuals may be transitioning to more independent living arrangements.
Doug, who receives support from Achieve with Hannah once a week, says, “Hannah has helped me to sort out my rent when my housing changed and makes me feel less stressed about money. I have also learnt how to text, and I’m building my job interview skills and social interactions.”
Achieve’s Community Living Manager for the Northern Region, Roni Isaac, sees the benefits of Drop-in Support for people with disability every day. “Supporting participants at home means they are empowered to remain in their own homes, be independent, lead a healthy lifestyle and participate in the community like everyone else,” she said.
Drop-in Support services are currently provided in the areas surrounding Hornsby, Epping, Ryde, Lismore, Casino as well as other locations on request.