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A Place To Live

Lifestyle Support Services

DSA provides support at home and in the local community.  Socialising with friends and family, networking with people who share interests, holding a valued role in the community and exercising citizenship are rights and choices that DSA supports every person to explore.  Lifestyle Support can be shared support between 4-5 people or individual support. The services are provided to people living in their own homes that they own, rent from Community Housing, the Department of Housing or the private rental market or special purpose built housing provided by the NSW State Government.  They may be free standing homes, flats or units, co-locate villa’s, large special purpose built homes or even caravans.  DSA supports people wherever they choose to reside.


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DSA can assist you to find the right type of dwelling that will be located in the community of your choosing, be affordable and able to accommodate you specific needs.  If you want or need to share support 24/7, suppor from paid staff, a four-five bedroom home may be the best option.  The average suburban home found in most communities can be suitable for shared support.   A special purpose dwelling may sometimes be required to support specific needs; however as modern building codes continue to be universally accessible in most aspects, the need for special purpose buildings is diminishing.


Why share support?

If you or your family member needs support for all or most aspects of daily living 24/7 it may be necessary to share the cost of the paid staff needed to supplement any informal support provided by family or unpaid support networks.  In addition to this cost, the cost of consumables, rent, utilities, and other services, like gardening and cleaning may be unaffordable on your own.  The choice to live with others is often as much about friendship and company as it is about sharing costs. Most people DSA support in shared living situations have developed long-term friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime, even when people move on from the shared home. 

Sharing support may be a first step out from the family home.  Not ready to live on your own yet, with much to learn about looking after yourself, living with others then sharing support from trained support staff could be just what is needed.

Currently funded packages for 24/7 support, outside the family home are based on the assumption that people will share support. Often only the combined funding for 3-5 people will cover the cost of 24/7 paid staff.  However there are also many examples of innovative service design that has made it possible for people to live on their own and still get the right level of support 24/7 to meet their needs.  


On my own

Independence is often the dream of young adults (and sometimes the not so young) and is particularly important to people who have required additional family support throughout their early adult life.  Once the decision is taken to find a place of your own the next big hurdle is to design your formal or paid support service to ensure you have the support when you need it.  DSA can assist you to discover what is possible and unearth the hidden or untapped capacity of your natural support networks and own abilities.  Technology and modern communication tools can also contribute to a holistic plan of service that ensures you have the paid support when you needed it the most and to stretch your limited funding resources.


Contact us on 1300 372 121 or email to find out how DSA can support you to transition into this life stage and help you to live your life, your future and your choice.

Last Modified: 19/10/2017 9:43 AM