Among the varied services and support provided to participants through the Lifetime Support Scheme, finding a home is not one that might readily come to mind – but that is just what happened in one case recently.
LSA service planner, Nicole de la Perrelle, was assigned the case of a man who sustained traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident in 2014.
Following treatment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Hampstead Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, the participant was discharged to a Supported Residential Facility, due to concerns about his ability to manage living independently with his brain injury.
Nicole says that the goal was to find suitable accommodation when there were no friends or family that could help.
“The Supported Residential Facility was not anticipated to be a permanent solution as this participant’s goal was to return to independent living. It was vital that we found a level of independent accommodation that was suitable and sustainable with appropriate supports,” said Nicole.
“Housing SA were so positive and helpful. They gave us multiple options for potential housing and after completing the required paperwork they offered our participant a small unit that was in the perfect location – near the services and facilities that he needed for his day-to-day life.”
“We assisted with not only the paperwork and details needed to secure the property but helped him transport his possessions and, importantly, we ensured he had all of the necessities he needed to create a comfortable home.”
“We also organised appropriate attendant care that would aid his independence and also ease the transition from supported accommodation to independent living.”
“This was a person at very real risk of homelessness, with no friends or family able to provide accommodation and no significant financial backing, coupled with the brain injury.”
“It is wonderful to see our participant achieve a significant goal of living independently. He can cook his own meals, have his own space, and interact with services nearby – all of which is very important to him.”
Image – above right: Nicole de la Perrelle.
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This article was featured in the June 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.