Categories
Uncategorized

5 key benefits of Supported Independent Living

Living independently is a goal for many people, however some people may require extra supports to meet their daily needs. In these circumstances, Supported Independent Living (SIL) may suit you.

At Nextt, we support people who live alone or with others. Our SIL team take the time to get to know each person to carefully match them with the right support workers (and potentially co-tenants) who have the right skills and /or share similar personalities, interests, and goals. We pride ourselves in creating a unique SIL model for each person aligned with their NDIS plan.

So, without further ado, here are the five key benefits of SIL:

Becoming Independent

Moving into your own home allows you to make more of your own decisions on how you live your life. If you need support to live independently, at Nextt our experienced staff can help you with:

  • Personal care, including showering and dressing.
  • Daily life skills, including cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
  • Financial and household management.
  • Development of social and communication skills.
  • Overnight support.

 Making New Friends

One of the joys of moving is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Nextt understands that living with other people is a great way to build relationships, so if you choose to live with others, we aim to match you with people who are similar in age and have shared interests.

Should you choose to live alone (and for those living with others), Nextt will support you to be engaged in the wider community, maintain key relationships, and make positive and meaningful connections

Greater Opportunities

Now is the time to think about what is important to you, and to consider options that will make your life easier and more rewarding. When you move into your own space, it brings new choices and opportunities. You may want to move closer to where you work, where you attend day programs, or where you participate in activities. Or your goals may be to live in an environment where we can support you to develop your skills or maintain/regain independence

Choice and privacy

At Nextt, we support you to make your house a home. You have the freedom to make your space your own. Your privacy is also an important consideration. If you live with others,  you will share communal areas including kitchens, and living rooms with  where you can interact with co-tenants, however you will still have the privacy of your own bedroom.

Support Is There When You Need

While it is exciting to move into a new home, and gain independence, you could also be feeling a bit overwhelmed and nervous about being without your family, guardian, or key supports. Each person who moves out of home or into a new type of home needs time to develop their confidence and life skills. At Nextt, our support workers are not only there to assist with practical tasks, but to also listen to you and help you in achieving your goals.

At Nextt, we can tailor a supported independent living model to your individual needs.

For further information about Supported Independent Living vacancies and options, contact Nextt on 1300 369 568, and our friendly staff will answer any of your questions.

Categories
Uncategorized

Key Features to Look Out for When Choosing a SIL Home

Has the time come to find a new home using Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding? If you or someone you care for is ready to find their independence and move out, here is what you need to consider when searching for the perfect SIL property:

Who are your housemates?

Most people who use their SIL funding to live independently are likely to move into shared housing. If you are moving into shared accommodation, you will need to consider who your housemates are and the atmosphere of the space.

At Nextt, our SIL team take the time to get to know each client to match them with the right people who share similar personalities, interests, and goals.

What are the key features of the property?

Another important aspect to consider is the house itself. You will need to thoroughly inspect the property to make sure that is suits your needs and expectations. Things to look out for include:

  • What the outdoor space is like.
  • If the house suits your particular needs.
  • The amount of shared living areas and bathrooms.
  • The condition of the house, for example is it cleaned and well-maintained?
  • What the bedrooms are like, for example, do they have built in wardrobes?
  • Does the property have easy access to a range of local services such as medical, transport and shopping?
  • The privacy and security of the property.

Where to find your new SIL home

You can find your new home through a range of websites that provide information on disability housing options including the Housing Hub and Nest. These organisations list both SDA and SIL vacancies that are currently available, and they also highlight local services.

Find a home with Nextt

At Nextt, have a strong focus on matching people who choose to live together and locating a home that suits each individuals needs and requirements.

We will support you during all areas of life including daily living skills, self-care, home and financial management, education support, employment support, social and spiritual events, activities, and groups.

You can start searching our Supported Independent Living Vacancies right now. Our team will support you the whole time to ensure a smoothed and individualised transition.

If you have any further questions on how we can support you, contact us on 1300 369 568, our friendly team are always available to answer any queries.

Categories
Uncategorized

Identifying High Intensity Needs and Supports

High Intensity Physical Supports refer to the supports where specialised, highly skilled, and more experienced support workers may be required to deliver assistance to people who require these supports

What are  high intensity physical support needs? 

  • Complex bowel care: Complex bowel care involves providing people with specialist supports to manage their continence and may include assistance with colostomy bags, the use of suppositives and enemas etc., in addition to routine personal care assistance
  • Enteral feeding and management (PEG):  Support workers can assist people with enteral feeding, in accordance with their PEG regime. This can also include enteral medication assistance, cleaning/maintenance of equipment and stoma site cleaning. Some of the more complex supports may be needed to be provided by a nurse. Nextt does not current provide support with NG
  • Urinary catheters: Replacing and disposing of bags and monitoring health of people using indwelling and suprapubic catheters may be part of a general support worker role. In these cases, insertion of the catheter is done by a health practitioner.
  • Seizure management: Support workers often work with people who have epilepsy or seizure disorders, and this does not typically require specialist skills provided the support worker has an understanding about the procedures to follow. Where a support worker administers emergency epilepsy medication such as Midazolam or diazepam, they will  have training in medication specific emergency management procedures.
  • Pressure care and wound management: Support workers may work with people who require assistance with pressure care and wound management. This includes preventative strategies such as skin care, postural management, minor dressings and monitoring of wounds. Responsibility for wound care would normally be required to be completed by a nurse
  • Diabetes management: Support a person to implement their diabetes management plan and identify and respond to hypoglycaemic episodes, monitor, and record blood sugar levels (BSLs) and support with medication assistance. Support with insulin (with the exception of fixed dose pens) may require nursing support
  • Stoma care: This can apply to the management of different types of stomas such as colostomy and ileostomy care or tracheostomy care (where no other requirements apply relating to ventilation).

At Nextt we have been supporting people with high intensity support needs for over 20 years. Our experienced staff are trained and ready to support your high intensity needs

High Intensity Physical Supports with Nextt

Nextt can provide assistance around the management of your High Intensity Physical Support activities such as diabetes management and or enteral feeding. This can be provided alongside supports with your Daily Personal Activities.

We aim to assist you to live independently and get more out of life! Our highly professional team offer support to ensure your day-to-day routine is achievable and manageable.

These disability support services are usually offered in your own home but can also be provided in your community environment. We understand that each person has different needs and goals, so we work to tailor our daily personal activities assistance to each of our clients.

Whether you need short-term support or long-term support, we’re here for you. Contact us on 1300 369 568 for further information.

Categories
Uncategorized

Attendant Care Services

Attendant care services provide you with support following a motor accident, work-related injury, or illness.

Understanding Attendant Care Services

Attendant care services assist you with daily living activities that may have become difficult to manage following a major accident, or illness. These services focus on maximising your independence across a range of settings.

Attendant care is provided to you in your own home; the supports may include:

  • Personal care and mobility support
  • Managing medications
  • Managing your day to day routine
  • Support to access your local community
  • Attending appointments
  • Liaising with key stakeholders and your clinical team when needed.

Eligibility for Attendant Care Services

Anyone who sustains a serious personal injury due to a motor accident, work related injury, or illness may be eligible to receive attendant care support. Before you can receive attendant care services, your eligibility may need to be assessed by an occupational therapist or a health professional.

Funding for these services is provided by workers compensation insurance or the selected funding provider for your state or region.

How To Apply

Depending on your region, and the funding provider you are using, the process to make a claim is slightly different. For more information, please visit one of the following service provider websites:

 

Choosing an Attendant Care Provider

The attendant care provider you choose should have both the skills and organisational capacity to deliver high-quality disability support services for people with severe injuries.

Nextt, incorporating Dolleina, is one of the largest providers of attendant care in Australia. We are an approved attendant care provider for iCare, TAC, LifeTime, Support Authority, and NIISQ across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

We have close to 20 years experience in providing complex care for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); and are proud of our outstanding reputation.

Our expertise ensures that every  person receives the best possible service to support their independence and quality of life. . We offer flexible supports on an interim basis to aid recovery, or a more permanent basis in the event of long-term injury.

Getting Started

Nextt will explain how our service works and discuss with you what activities will be included. To find out more about attendant care services with Nextt, please call us on 1300 369 568.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Geelong COVID-19 Lockdown

Geelong COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated Vic Government has stated that from 11.59pm Sunday 19/09/21 for at least 1 week, Greater Geelong and surrounds will enter lockdown.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or care giving
  • Exercise outdoors for up to two hours, less than 5km from your home
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • To get vaccinated

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked people to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care
  • No more than two visitors per day
    We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Hunter COVID-19 Lockdown

Hunter COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated NSW Government has stated that from 5pm on Thursday and run until 12.01am Friday 13 August the residents of, or people whose usual place of work or anyone who has been in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home within your local area only include:

  • One person per household shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs, including vaccination
  • Exercise outdoors within 10km of your home
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

During this time, the NSW government has stated there must be no visitors including social and family visits to your home, with one exception, one visitor to provide care or for compassionate reasons, such as people in a relationship who do not live together.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

 We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of New South Wales.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Queensland COVID-19 Update

Queensland COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated, QLD Government has stated that from 4pm AEST Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4pm AEST Sunday 8 August 2021, areas in South East Queensland, will be subject to new restrictions. This includes use of face masks and limitations to travel within 10km of home in restricted areas listed below:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare and vaccinations
  • attending essential work or school or childcare to enable this
  • assisting vulnerable persons
  • Exercise in your local area with your household or one other person
  • Obtaining a COVID-19 test or vaccination

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one. Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

 

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Queensland.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Looking after yourself through COVID lockdown

Looking after your physical and mental health through lockdown.

At Nextt, we understand that COVID lockdown can sometimes make us worried and anxious.

It is important that we look after our thoughts and feelings as well as our bodies.  Following are a few hints and tips on things we can do to stay well through lockdown.

Keep in touch with people

Try to make sure that you keep in touch with people – by talking to friends and family either on the phone or online. 

Lots of groups are meeting online or by phone, and you can ask your families or support workers to help you find out how to join in.   

Help other people

Helping other people can make both you and the other person feel better. Just sometimes even calling someone for a chat can be a big help. It can make the world of difference for them to know you are simply thinking about them.

Healthy things to do

Eat healthy foods

 

Drink lots of water

Exercise at home

Things to try to cut back on

Smoking

Drinking too much alcohol

Look after your feelings

If you feel anxious try to think about good things that make you happy. Talk about your worries to someone you trust. That could be your support worker or family and friends

Sometimes it’s good to talk to an expert.

If you are very worried and want to talk to someone in private, you can call: 

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800 for young people 5-25 years
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78 for men of any age
  • Beyond Blue – 1800 512 348

Think about your new routine

Do:
Make a plan of the things you want to do in the day.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
Don’t:
Look at your mobile or tablet or play video games just before you go to bed.
Drink too much coffee and tea.

Do things you enjoy

Think about things you enjoy that you can do at home. This could be reading, writing, playing games, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaws or drawing and painting.

Find time to relax

Yoga and breathing exercises can help. You can find games and puzzles you can use to relax, as well as breathing exercises that may help online. 

Enjoy nature

If you can, go outside to exercise once a day but remember to stay at least 1.5m away from other people. If you have a garden, try to spend time in it.  If you don’t have a garden, you might consider trying to grow a plant in your house or on your windowsill.

Don’t be worried by the news

Only look at the news once or twice a day.
Get the facts. Not all news you hear about coronavirus is true.
You can find information you can trust from the Department of Health
www.health.gov.au

Practical issues

Getting food and medicine
Think about how you can get the things you need.
Only go to the shops when you need to.
If you can, get food delivered.
Try to buy healthy food.
If you have support from other people, ask them to help you.

If you look after others

If you have children, it is important to have a plan about what you might do if you are unwell.
It’s important that your children have a routine and fun things to do too.

Remember to ask for help if you need it.
Talk to your family or usual
supporters or a social worker if you have one.

Look after your body

If you usually take medication, keep taking it.
Get advice from Nurse Oncall (Victoria), Health Direct (NSW/SA) or 13 Health (QLD) if you’re worried about being able to get your medication. Phone: 1800 022 222
They can help if you feel sick and can’t get to your GP too.

If you think you have coronavirus you should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you could pass it on to others. Get advice from the coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398.
If you are very ill you should call 000 for help.

If you have any further questions, you can call the office to talk to someone. Our phone number is 1300 369 568.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Keeping you safe in lockdown

Keeping you safe in lockdown.

Nextt wants to help keep you and your support workers as safe as possible through the lockdown period.   Your supports are an essential service and we will keep supporting you in lockdown.  There are lots of things we are doing to help keep you safe. These are:    
  • By following the rules in your state around who can visit your home.
  • Teaching your support workers about infection control. That means things like washing their hands when they see you.
  • People in the office read the government rules every day and have a meeting about it in case there are any changes.
  • We make sure all the support workers know what they need to do to follow the rules.
  • We give the support workers masks and other things they may need like goggles and aprons and make sure they wear them when they need to.
  • Helping you get in touch with supports for your mental health or physical health.
  If you have any further questions, you can call the office to talk to someone. Our phone number is 1300 369 568.
Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

South Australia COVID-19 Update

South Australia COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated SA Government has stated that from 6.00pm Tuesday 20 July 2021 until at least 6.00pm on Friday 25 July 2021,

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Care and compassion grounds
  • Essential work – Level 5 list of essential workers (PDF, 113.3 KB)
  • Purchasing essential goods
  • Medical reasons including getting COVID tested or vaccinated.
  • Exercise with those in your household

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked people to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care

We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of South Australia.