Meet housemates Piper and Jessie!
Piper and Jessie were introduced by InFocus Support Coordinator Mini.
Piper and Jessie each had individual NDIS goals to live more independently.
Jessie wanted to house share and build a positive relationship with a housemate. Piper wanted to become more independent at home and prior to living with Jessie had been living with her Dad, stepmum, and step siblings.
Support Coordinator Mini thought that the girls would be a good match as they had similar backgrounds, are close in age and both were seeking independence and companionship. Piper and Jessie have similar support needs too, Jessie has intellectual disability and Piper has ASD.
After introducing the girls, Mini worked with Housing Commission on their application and they had a place to call their own within 3 months. Mini has also helped the girls set up a plan on how to share their apartment and work through any issues that arise.
We asked the girls how things are going in their new home.
Piper says: “I like having a permanent home and being independent.”
Jessie says: “I love my unit, I live independently here with the support of my support workers. I have a cat, that’s my little fur baby.”
Jessie had a message for other NDIS participants who’d like to live more independently, she said “Go for it, give it a try. I am enjoying more life now.”
If you’d like further information on living more independently, use our content form or call us on 1800 928 437.
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