Accommodation

COMMUNITY LIVING

Crosslinks provides long-term accommodation for people with disabilities. We call our supported accommodation service, “Community Living”.

Crosslinks operates 12 group homes that provide shared accommodation for 1 to 5 people with disabilities living together. We go to great lengths to provide a happy, welcoming, permanent home, with housemates that enjoy each other’s company. We also ensure that there are appropriate support systems in place that provide the right level of care while also supporting and encouraging people to live as independently as possible.  

Our disability housing is located in the following suburbs:

YOUR NEEDS ARE OUR PRIORITY

Perhaps you or a loved one, are moving out of home for the first time or looking for alternative accommodation? We support you every step of the way. Our person-centred approach links your preferences, needs, personality and NDIS funding to a supported accommodation option that’s best for you. 

We understand and cater for different levels of home-care support:

A. If you need
constant support

Our experienced disability Support Workers can be rostered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide full-time support and help with daily living.

B. If you are semi-independent
but would like support at night

Our caring Support Workers often work from dinnertime and stay overnight, to provide assistance and peace-of-mind during the night. 

C. If you're virtually independent but
would like companionship & support

If you’re living alone, our friendly Support Workers can regularly visit, to help you achieve the goals in your NDIS plan as part of our Community Participation service.  

About your new home

Our aim is to provide you with a long-term home – a place where you feel secure, cared-for and comfortable. A place where you can entertain family and friends or have some quiet time alone. A place that you can personalise to reflect who you are. A place where you can stay for years, knowing that your particular physical and health requirements are fully catered for.

Our Community Living homes are modern, located in well-established neighbourhoods, and are perfectly set up for people with a disability. They are warm and welcoming, with open-plan living areas and outdoor spaces, perfect for socialising with your housemates.

Homes are shared and housemates are carefully chosen based on discussions and criteria like age, gender, interests, disability types and most importantly, overall compatibility with each other.

Making the move

We appreciate that moving into a new home is a big step. That’s why we use a gradual transition process to make the move as smooth as possible. You will be fully supported by our large, but close-knit team consisting of the Community Living Area Manager and Support Workers. All the team know every participant personally and are always willing and able to assist.

When transitioning to your new home, the process is guided by you and your new housemates. The following steps can be taken relatively quickly or relatively slowly, depending on everyone’s comfort level. 

What you need to provide

You will need to provide your own bedroom furniture and linen including:

Other optional items may include:

Looking after your home

Crosslinks advocates for independence and skill-building within people’s capabilities. As it’s your home, you will lead the daily running of the house with your housemates, where possible. This may include cooking meals, checking the mailbox, grocery shopping, putting the washing on, taking the rubbish bins out etc.

Living in your own home provides amazing opportunities to learn and grow and your support workers are always there to support and assist you.

Looking after yourself

You will have a personal support profile that reflects the level of independence that you’re comfortable with. You will have the opportunity to learn to manage all areas of your own personal care such as showering, bathing, teeth cleaning, hair washing, toileting, washing hands, maintenance of nails etc. Of course, full assistance will be provided if required.

Meals

You will be invited to become involved in meal planning with your housemates and Support Workers. Weekly menus will be developed based on what everyone in the house enjoys eating, people’s specific dietary requirements and nutrition. You will also be encouraged to assist the Support Workers in the preparation of meals as it’s a great learning opportunity – and it’s fun!

Perhaps once a week all the housemates would like to go out for dinner? Perhaps you’d like to use the BBQ at each home to have a regular BBQ? These are the types of independent-living decisions that you and your housemates can make, with help from your Support Workers.

Fees and Contributions

Fees for the cost of living in the group home and the delivery of support services vary, depending on your needs and the number of people living in the home. The cost of living in the home will be covered by your disability support pension or wages. The cost of support services will be based on your NDIS funding. Please contact us so we can answer all your questions. 

find out more

We understand that moving out of home or changing to supported accommodation is a potentially stressful, difficult time. We want to provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision for you. So please, bombard us with questions! Call us on 9374 1600 and ask for Community Living or arrange a meeting with us.

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