Housing Options for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know

Finding suitable housing can be a major challenge for people with disabilities. Whether it’s a physical disability, a cognitive disability, or a combination of both, many individuals require housing options that are adapted to their needs and provide a supportive environment. Fortunately, there are several types of housing options available in Australia that can help people with disabilities achieve greater independence and improve their quality of life. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at three of the most common types of disability housing: Short-Term Accommodation (STA), Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA), and Supported Independent Living (SIL).

Short-Term Accommodation

Short-Term Accommodation (STA) is a type of housing option that is designed for people with disabilities who need temporary accommodation for a period of up to 90 days. This type of accommodation is typically used when a person needs to attend a hospital appointment or receive medical treatment, or when their regular caregiver is unavailable. STA can also be used for respite care, allowing family members or caregivers to take a break from their responsibilities and recharge.

Medium-Term Accommodation

Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA) is another type of disability housing option that provides temporary accommodation for people with disabilities, but for a longer period of time than STA. MTA is designed for people who need housing for a period of 3 to 12 months, and who may be transitioning from hospital to home, waiting for modifications to their current home, or need time to find more permanent housing.

Supported Independent Living

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of housing option that is designed for people with disabilities who are able to live independently with support. SIL provides a range of support services to help people with disabilities manage their daily living tasks and maintain their independence. This can include help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, personal care, and accessing the community.

What Form Of Accommodation Is Right For You?

When considering these housing options, it’s important to note that each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Short-Term Accommodation (STA) and Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA) can provide temporary support and respite care, but they may not be a sustainable long-term solution for people with disabilities who require ongoing support. Supported Independent Living (SIL), on the other hand, can provide a stable and supportive long-term housing option, but may not be suitable for individuals who require around-the-clock care. Would you like to find out more about vacancies for disability accommodation? Click here to see our current vacancies for our NDIS accommodation at Path to Independence.

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