Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) works with people with disability and their families, carers and support coordinators to assist them with flexible living arrangements and to develop support plans to help them to live as independently as possible in metro Adelaide and the Barossa.
Our Supported Independent Living (SIL) Roster of Care is built on client individual and shared need and often includes 24-hour support with either passive or active overnight care. SIL services also ensure that clients with complex support requirements are included in their local community, participating in activities of their choice while receiving the highest quality of care.
We also offer tenancy support to people who choose to live in shared housing, with several options available for board arrangements. For example, a board and lodging fee paid fortnightly covers the cost of rent, food, utilities and shared furniture etc.
For SIL clients, we provide the following types of support, again tailored to individual support needs and personal independence goals. These can include assistance with:
- cooking, including meal planning, following a recipe, and grocery shopping
- cleaning, gardening and other household tasks
- personal care routines
- administering medication
- accessing medical and allied health appointments
- outcome-specific learning at home and implementing therapy recommendations
- accessing community events and activities of your choice, including transportation.
Becoming a client
We work with potential new clients, their advocates and support coordinators to ensure that LDS can provide you with the supports you require to achieve your life goals. This video explains our onboarding process.
To download our SIL brochure click here.
The phases of onboarding generally take from 6 to 18 months to work through, depending on the NDIS. For our onboarding brochure click here.
As a registered NDIS service provider, Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) can only support clients with an NDIS plan, and participants must be over the age of 18. At LDS the client is the centre of everything we do, so it’s important that we can match clients to our areas of expertise in supported independent living and community participation. As we provide group home accommodation, there also has to be a fit between housemates to help create harmonious and happy homes. Our friendly intake team works with potential clients and their advocates to ensure that there is a match between the service LDS can provide and the client’s needs before moving to the next stage.
EXPLORING HOUSING OPTIONS (EHO)
The next stage is for the participant to ensure that Exploring Housing Options (EHO) approval has been applied for and gained through the NDIS. This is a prerequisite for SIL funding. LDS can provide advice to potential clients on this application process; however, a support coordinator is required to complete this process.
CLIENT MATCHING AND HOUSING
Once EHO has been pre-approved by the NDIS and LDS is the chosen SIL provider, we will work with the support coordinator to help source suitable housing in a location that the client desires. At the same time, a matching process for a like-minded housemate(s) or suitable SIL vacancy commences.
Once a housemate(s) is found, LDS will develop a SIL quote and a shared Schedule of Supports for the participants to consider. This SIL quote is then provided to the NDIS for approval.
Once the quote has been submitted, the NDIS will review it. If the SIL quote is approved, both LDS and the potential clients can move forward with completing the intake process.
COMMENCEMENT OF SERVICES
Once the SIL funding is approved, LDS will work closely with the clients and families involved to complete the processes for commencing services. This includes things such as identifying a start date, finalising tenancy and board arrangements, selecting and rostering suitable staff, setting up supports and the home environment.
But that’s not the end
But that’s not the end of our service delivery. At LDS, we pride ourselves on continuous development. From achieving life goals to enhancing our service delivery, LDS wants to stay at the forefront of person-centred supports. We do this through:
- creating an Independent Living Plan (ILP)
- reviewing the goals quarterly and the plan annually
- staying connected with families, advocates and support people to ensure that you too feel a welcomed member of our community and to enhance the care and support we provide to the client.
Within several months of commencing services with LDS, we develop with the client an ILP. This plan is a person-centred approach to combine their NDIS goals with personal goals, health information and assessments, medication, authorisations and behaviours. LDS reviews these goals quarterly with the client and updates all information on an annual basis.
For further information on SIL, visit the NDIS website.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) are registered as a provider of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) for people who require specialist housing solutions due to having significant functional impairment or very high support needs.