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My living options
No one could accuse Sally Marston of wasting her time, with commitments almost every day of the week to social groups, sport and volunteering.
Enabling Good Lives has thrown a lifeline to Kerrianne and her family. It gives them the flexibility to use funding for the supports they need. In Kerrianne’s case, travelling to and from the activities she loves is a high priority.
Flatting or house-sharing is a great option if you don’t want to live alone but want to become independent from your parents or family. You could still be eligible for funded support to help make flatting work for you – or you may wish to pay privately for a support person to carry out some tasks for you.
If you live in certain regions of New Zealand, you might be interested in new programmes and initiatives that use the New Model for disability support – offering greater choice, control and flexibility
Community residential homes are an option for people who need a higher level of support, as often there is a caregiver on-site to help you out. Funded by the Ministry of Health, community residential homes are for people with long-term physical, intellectual and/or sensory disabilities who meet certain criteria.
Living at home with your family can be a good option for people with disabilities. The advantages are that you are able to enjoy a stable, familiar home environment with the people you care about – and who care about you. If living at home is a good option for you, then find out what support you can get to make your life as independent as possible.
Do you need help around the house or personal care because of your disability. Read about funded and un-funded support available to you while flatting.
Do you want to live in your own home, by yourself or with your partner/family members, but still have access to the support you need? Here’s some information about living independently.