Summer Foundation works to influence health, housing, aged care and disability services policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes. 

Moving house is a big deal for anyone, but what if you are moving from a place where you’ve had very little choice to a new type of housing where you suddenly have lots of choice?

What type of housing would I like to live in?
How will I get the support I need?
Will I be able to do my own shopping?
How will I remember to pay my bills?
Will I get lonely?

Using the experience gained from its own housing demonstration projects, the Summer Foundation has developed a guide for people with disability who are getting ready to live more independently. The guide aims to help people with disability reach their goals and live an ordinary life.

The guide, Living More Independently, explains how to plan for and move from residential aged care (RAC), a group home or parents’ home into appropriate mainstream housing or Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). It is an easy-to-read companion along the journey to more independent living.

The guide highlights the many things that will be different for people when they move into their own houses. It covers the entire spectrum; from everyday things like choosing when and what to eat, when to go to bed and when to get up, to the bigger questions like how you want to live your life and who will provide the supports you need.

In any move there will be hiccups, and there’s a good chance that new obstacles will arise, but the guide aims to help people to prepare for these challenges.

Living More Independently is in four parts:

  • Thinking about moving sets out the first steps, from talking to family, friends and support networks, to working out what types of housing options might be suitable. The guide includes an outline of many of the different types of housing options available with handy links for more information.
  • Planning your move can take up to six months. This section looks at what help is available and the kinds of things that need to be considered, such as employing support workers, developing a support network, arranging the supply or purchase of equipment and furniture and developing daily living skills such as budgeting.
  • Making it happen gets down to the nitty gritty of moving into a new home. There’s a lot to get used to – from new care routines with new support staff to having a whole new neighbourhood to explore and plenty of “me” time to do it. The guide offers tips and advice on how to help cope with it all. Not least of all, to ensure the pantry is stocked with favourite foods.
  • Finally, the Moving plan checklist is a comprehensive list of all the things that need to be done to make sure that the move goes smoothly and people have the best possible chance of making life in their new houses a success.

Living More Independently is available on the Summer Foundation website. You can check it out here.

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  1. Good job in creating a very helpful article for people with disability. Living a normal life is what I think better than in RAC. A lot of disabled people have the ability to live on their own and support their self financially. The only obstacle I can see for them to achieve living independently, is moving. Moving is really a pain in the butt. It all comes down of proper planning to achieve less stress moving. As long as it takes, planning the move should be done rightfully, and hire a local furniture removalists to help you with your move.