What we do
Assisting with living arrangements
Lighthouse Disability offers ongoing 24-hour support for people with complex disabilities to enable them to live in suburban homes.
The people we support - adults aged in their late teens to early 60s - live with challenges such as physical disability, intellectual disability, autism, acquired brain injury and Prader Willi Syndrome, with many having a combination of these. Click here to read more about the services we provide.
The 90-plus people Lighthouse Disability supports are accommodated in 28 homes with two to five people living together or in adjoining units. Each person is carefully matched with others who share their interests and goals and have compatible personalities.
In addition, we have a centre based respite program for children and a small respite program for adults.
Lighthouse Disability’s homes
Our homes are comfortable, warm and welcoming in which people can relax and enjoy life in their own space. Rooms are decorated to personal tastes, and there are attractive gardens where people can spend time in good weather.
Some homes make use of tailored technologies such as iPads to engage, entertain and educate. New-style kitchens encourage food preparation as a shared activity. Some homes also have exercise equipment such as treadmills to encourage the pursuit of fitness goals.
Family members and friends are very welcome to spend time in the homes, and the comfortable settings do much to encourage regular visiting.
Staff – our most valuable asset
Lighthouse Disability’s skilled and dedicated staff deliver services tailored to the particular needs, hopes and dreams of people living with disabilities and their families.
Staff are always present and can provide support at any time. The ratio of staff to people with a disability is typically 2:4, depending on the needs of the person. Health care needs are managed under the direction of the person’s medical practitioner and Royal District Nursing Service Clinical Nurse Consultant. Positive behaviour support provided by Lighthouse Disability’s Developmental Educators.
All support staff:
- Have a minimum of Certificate III in Disability. New staff are supported to achieve this qualification
- Have undergone security checks by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
- Undergo annual reviews of their first aid, manual handling and medication management skills.
Staff supporting people with specific needs are given further health and behaviour support training, and there is an after-hours emergency support system.
With friendly skilled staff and welcoming facilities, our accommodation support service delivers immense improvements in quality of life – allowing supported people to express their personalities, make their own choices and enjoy participating in everyday activities.