Having just moved into his own home, Tristian is taking great pride in living as independently as he can in while still receiving help from his Baptist Care SA Support Workers in a Supported Independent Living arrangement.
A Supported Independent Living arrangement means Tristian makes decisions about the way he wants to live, and achieve goals he sets, while receiving help with his life skills so he can develop his independence.
Best suited for people living with a disability who have high support needs, Supported Independent Living participants are supported with everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning, managing their budgets, developing their social, relational and communication skills and participating in sport and recreational activities. Support Workers can even stay overnight, if needed.
Tristian’s move into Supported Independent Living was arranged in partnership between his family and Baptist Care SA to ensure he was ready and able to live away from his parents’ home.
With the support of his Support Workers Yadvinder and Papi, Tristian is learning new skills such as taking out the bins each week and going to the laundromat.
“I do my own washing,” he says proudly.
Tristian has learned to catch the catching the bus and travels to the Pancake Kitchen where he enjoys a treat with his friends. This outing also gives him a chance to practice simple budgeting skills and manage his own money.
“I get to spend it on nice things,” he says.
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