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Tony’s journey towards a more independent future

Supported Independent Living provides a range of services and support for people with disability all over Australia. We spoke to Tony about finding a home that caters to his unique needs, while also helping him towards a more independent future.

Starting the next chapter

Tony was born with congenital anophthalmia – which means he was born without eyes – and was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age. So with Tony’s parents getting older, they wanted to make sure he would have the best possible living arrangement for the future.

“We were a little concerned that we were getting older and that we would have to look to the future,” says Steve, Tony’s dad. “We needed somewhere that was able to be flexible enough to cater for Tony’s particular needs.

“We needed somewhere that we knew he would feel safe and secure wherever he went. And he had to be happy – that was at the top of the list.”

Getting it right with Supported Independent Living

As they were already very familiar with Challenge Disability Services, Tony and his parents started to explore Supported Independent Living (SIL). Challenge was able to identify an ideal shared home arrangement that was flexible and able to support Tony’s specific needs, including providing him with his own ensuite.

“I just love getting to know Andrew and Greg and the staff,” Tony says, who also loves the ability to get out and about with activities through SIL.

“They’re out doing lots of activities,” says Steve. “So it’s not as though Tony will always be at his home base.”

Steve says Challenge has also made it so easy for the family to keep in regular contact with Tony. “Our access is not limited – we can make a phone call or come and visit at any time,” he says.

A steady transition

Tony is making the transition into Supported Independent Living at his own pace. He currently spends his weekends the home while he gets comfortable with full-time SIL in the future. And both Tony and his parents say there’s no other provider that puts their mind at ease like Challenge.

“The staff are wonderful. They look after his needs, he’s well supported and he’s happy,” says Jill, Tony’s mum. “We didn’t even consider going anywhere else.”

For now, Tony is just excited about spending a few days every week getting to know the other residents and introducing his family to his new home. Can feel reassured that their son will find his independence in a place he feels safe.

You can find out more about Supported Independent Living and a wider range of disability services provided by Challenge by calling 1800 849 017.


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