What We Provide
Assistance with Daily Living
Assistance with daily living includes providing support for regular personal activities and supervision of personal daily tasks.
Daily living supports under the NDIS cover a broad range of activities and are split into two main categories: Core Supports and Capacity Building Supports. These support categories form an integrated approach to support a participant to have the same choice and control in their lives as a person without a disability.
Core Supports enable participants to complete daily life tasks and achieve their goals, including:
- Assistance with daily living: such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication assistance, and domestic support including assistance with cleaning, gardening, shopping and attending personal appointments.
- Consumables: assisting participants to purchase items to use every day such as incontinence aids and nutrition products.
- Assistance with social and community participation: supporting participants to take part in social or recreational activities within their communities. This can also provide the opportunity for a supported holiday.
Capacity Building Supports enable a participant to build their independence and skills, including:
- Support coordination: supporting a participant and their family to navigate the NDIS and better understand the possible options for their plans. For example, this support may provide insight into how the participant’s budget works.
- Improved living arrangements: assisting a participant to find long-term accommodation. For example, by strengthening the participant’s ability to complete paperwork for accommodation services and understand their obligations with rent and payments, as well as daily decision-making around planning and budgeting.
- Finding and keeping a job: including job searching or finding an appropriate course to study, as well as support to maintain a job through assistance with selection of appropriate transport.
- School leaver employment supports: including work experience, job site training, travel training and activities that contribute to achieving an employment outcome and linkages to ongoing employment support.
- Improved health and wellbeing: such as assistance with exercise physiology, gym strength and personal training hydrotherapy.
- Improved learning support: supporting the participant to transition from school to further education, skills training to improve language literacy and numeracy, support with managing academic workloads and resilience training to deal with stressful educational situations.
How would you like to spend today?
Shopping, coffee, popcorn and a show? Listening to live music, dancing or spending quality time with friends?
At SKMV, it’s about creating opportunities for you to do the things you enjoy. It all starts with you – and we will do everything we can to help you make it happen including connecting you to support workers who are the right fit for your goals, interests and needs.
Assistance with Social and Community Participation is a funded support category that you may find in your NDIS plan, under Core Supports. This funding covers the support you need to meet your goals relating to participating in community, social or recreational activities.
Your support workers can assist you to:
- Get up and ready for the day
- Gain or build independent living skills around the house like cooking and managing money
- Visit family and friends
- Connect with social groups
- Attend special events or go on holidays
- Feel confident in doing more things on your own in your community, like using public transport, shopping or enjoying a meal, volunteering and employment.
Community participation is a great alternative to life skills training as you learn through doing in a fun and familiar environment. It’s an effective way of learning the life skills you need to feel more independent. It’s also a great way to meet new people.
Positive Behavior Support
Our Positive Behavior Support provides specialized therapeutic services for children and adults with disability who present behaviors of concern (also known as challenging behavior).
At SKMV, we believe all behavior has a function or reason behind it. By taking a human rights focus and building on an evidence-based approach, Positive Behavior Support focuses on increasing a person’s quality of life and decreasing the frequency and severity of their behavior of concern.
Our specialized and experienced practitioners take a positive and proactive approach:
- Positive means increasing and strengthening helpful behavior through learning and reinforcement, rather than using punishment or negative consequences to respond to someone.
- Proactive mean anticipating where things may go wrong and preventing those things from happening, rather than just reacting when things go wrong.
As a consequence we see an improvement in relationships with family and friends.
Our Positive Behavior Support services include:
- A full assessment
- Increasing effective communication
- Understanding sensory, psychological and functional triggers
- Addressing health issues that may be impacting behavior
- Assistance in building positive relationships
- Training and education
- Development and review of Behavior Support Plans
- Skills training
- Helping you improve your quality of life
You can access our Positive Behavior Support Service for specialist behavioral intervention support under the NDIS Support Item: Improved Relationships.
Psychosocial Recovery Coaching
A Psychosocial Recovery Coach (recovery coach) is a new NDIS support item for participants with a psychosocial disability who require support managing complex challenges of daily living.
The aim is to increase participants’ social and economic independence and participation through the provision of capacity building supports.
Recovery coaches will focus on coaching participants to have greater participation in managing their lives, and will collaborate with other services to support and underpin these outcomes.
Recovery coaches will work collaboratively with participants, their families, carers and other services to design, plan and implement a recovery plan, and assist with the coordination of NDIS and other supports.
Participants will have the option of selecting a recovery coach with lived experience or a recovery coach with learnt knowledge of psychosocial disability and mental health.
What is a psychosocial disability?
The NDIS Commission defines psychosocial disability as:
‘A mental health issue that affects people’s daily activities such as socialising or interacting with others in a social setting, learning or self-care, or their capacity to fully participate in society’.
Some of the specific disorders include:
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- bi-polar disorder
- severe and persistent anxiety and depression.
People suffering from these issues may have substantially reduced functional capacity (ability to undertake) any of the following:
- social interaction
- social and economic participation.
What is meant by ‘recovery’ under the NDIS?
The NDIA defines recovery as ‘achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as defined by each individual, whilst living with or recovering from a mental health condition.’ For a more detailed view see ‘Psychosocial Disability Recovery and the NDIS‘.
Mental health experts agree that those experiencing psychosocial disability are likely to greatly benefit from having choices and feeling more in control of their daily living and self-management.
Social and economic participation are also empowering and can help overcome feelings of isolation and worthlessness.
Recovery coaches can facilitate these positive outcomes for increased wellbeing and quality of life.
Many NDIS Participants are familiar with accessing a respite service. Under the NDIS there is no item listed as ‘respite’, which can cause confusion. The good news is respite is still available and is now called Short Term Accommodation. Our short-term accommodation, can help you grow your independence and get you out and about in the community.
What is Short-Term Accommodation (STA)?
Short Term Accommodation is accessible for short periods of time when a NDIS participant’s usual supports and/or accommodation cannot be accessed.
At SKMV, we believe that carers need some caring too which is why we offer Weekday, Weekend, In-Home or a mix of these respite services. Parents and carers can take time out to relax and recharge knowing that their son or daughter with a disability is in a safe, caring and stimulating environment to practice day-to-day skills to grow their independence.
You can use our short-term accommodation services whether you have physical, intellectual or multiple disabilities. We provide services that are tailored to support adults, teenagers and children. You can hang out with your friends, do fun activities and learn how to do things for yourself.
Benefits of Short-Term Accommodation:
- Participants can use this opportunity to take a break from their regular schedules
- Our team will look closely at individual needs including diet and health needs and make every effort to match other people of a similar age and interests.
- Respite is an opportunity to connect with and socialise with new people
- Short Term Accommodation is an opportunity to experience supported independent living.
- 24/7 staff support in the STA house
How is STA funded:
Our STA is available in Craigieburn, Victoria and Darwin, Northern Territory. It is funded through your NDIS Plan – short term accommodation and assistance.
- It includes all expenses in a 24-hour period including assistance with daily personal activities, accommodation, food and other activities.
- The cost for this service will be discussed and agreed with you and/or your representative prior to the admission. The cost will be based on the number of participants staying in the STA property at the time and the level of support you require.
- The cost per night varies for Weekdays (Mon–Fri), Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays.
Supported Independent Living
SKMV Supported Independent Living (SIL) services are designed to suit the needs of people with a disability offering around the clock support to our clients.
SIL is funding for assistance with, or supervision of tasks of daily life in a shared living environment to help you develop skills to live as independently as possible. The level of funding you receive is dependent on your level of needs, as well as the number of people living in the shared setting.
Who can access SKMV’s current Supported Independent Living (SIL) vacancies?
- To be able to access our current vacancies, you must be aged between 18 and 65, need ongoing daily support to live independently in your community and be eligible for NDIS funding
- We take a person-centered approach and tailor supports to meet each person’s needs. Together, we create an individual plan that outlines your goals and preferences so we can support you to reach them.
- We will work with you to create a tailored plan for in-home support, from a few hours each day through to 24-hour assistance.
- Find out more about NDIS eligibility or if you have a support coordinator, they can also assist you in funding eligibility.
Our friendly Operations Team can provide information on current vacancies and the steps required to help you secure the right home for you, now or in the future. In collaboration with our team, we will provide help in answering your enquiries and questions about our vacancies.
SKMV provides Support Coordination to help people with disability and their family or support network to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
We can help you to find the right service providers for your needs, and coordinate all of your supports, including mainstream, informal, community and funded supports.
Working with you and your support network, we can assist you to explore your options and develop resilience in your own network and community to build on informal supports.
Our Support Coordination team aims to build your capacity to undertake tasks associated with the management of your own supports. The type of Support Coordination you are funded for will be outlined in your NDIS plan.
There are three levels of Support Coordination:
- Support Connection – Short-term assistance to implement your NDIS plan, including identifying service providers and negotiating Service Agreements.
- Support Coordination – Longer-term support to build your capacity to navigate the complexity of services and supports you need from a range of providers.
- Specialist Support Coordination – Specialist support coordination where you have a more complex situation.
We help you to:
- Understand your NDIS plan and goals
- Look at options for services and supports
- Review your goals and outcomes
- Prepare for your NDIS plan
We then help you to reach your goals by finding the services and supports that best meet your needs by:
- Giving you information about a range of supports that are available
- Teaching you how to access and coordinate supports identified in your plan
- Linking you to community activities
- Helping you to connect to the services you choose
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