Accommodation Support Services
Support & Empowerment for People with Disabilities
On Focus offers a range of accommodation services to meet the needs of people with disability, across the Far North Coast. The different service types are:
On Focus philosophy is that all people have a right to independent living, to be active in their community and have a great quality of life.
How can you access On Focus accommodation support services?
The first step is to call On Focus Manager Accommodation Services to tell us what type of service you are looking for. To obtain an accommodation support service from On Focus you need government funding.
Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC) provide funding if you meet their criteria. The first point of contact with ADHC is through their Referral and Intake Service. They will assist you with information and referral to help you with your support needs.
Telephone: 1300 364 563
Accommodation Support is provided by trained staff who help the person with disability with activities of daily living. This can range from personal care, shopping, cooking, budgeting, skills development, attending medical appointments and facilitating meaningful engagement with the community.
Support is flexible and aims to meet the individual needs of the person.
Support hours vary and can be a few hours a week or as much as 24 hours a day, dependent on the needs of the person. Some clients of On Focus are supported by staff at night, this can be staff either sleeping over (sleep over shift) or being awake (active night shift).
The clients’ homes are many and varied. Some clients live in units, some in houses; some clients live by themselves some live with other people.
On Focus is registered to support people who receive Attendant Care Packages.
Attendant Care services provide up to 35 hours per week personal care and support to assist people with physical disability with daily self-care and living tasks to help them live in their own home and manage their life in the community.
Attendant care services are designed for people aged between 16 to 65 years, who have a physical disability, who have the capacity to manage their own environment and who can direct their own support workers. The main areas of support provided by On Focus are in home personal care, domestic assistance, meal preparation and personal care and to enable the person to undertake leisure or educational activities.
To receive an Attendant Care Package you need to apply to the Department of Ageing Disability & Home Care who assess all applications.
Telephone: 0293 743 612
Visit Department of Ageing Disability & Home Care Website
LifeMoves is an intensive skills development program designed for people with a disability who may be living at home and are ready to live independently, or people who are living in the community but need a little extra support and skills development to be successful.
The program has clear entry and exit criteria and depending on the needs of the person can run for up to 12 months, with flexible hours.
The aim of LifeMoves is to assist with the skills development of the person with disability to enable them to be living independently at the end of the program. Support can include budgeting, nutrition and cooking and setting up networks in the community.
To receive a LifeMoves package you need to fill in an application form that is sent to the LifeMoves Consortium, for consideration. Applications are considered 4 times a year.
Application forms are available from the office at The Chambers, 98 Walker Street, Casino
You can phone to get an application form on 02 6662 2333
Download the application form here
or we can send you a package if you telephone us on the number above.
The Client Services Coordinator can also help you complete the Application form and let you know when the next round of applications will be considered.
or contact us through Head Office: 02 6662 2333