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Celebrating Every Day Achievements

Stuart moved into Unisson’s short-term accommodation (STA) at Hornsby during the middle of 2020 while he was applying for suitable funding for long-term shared living arrangements. During his stay, Stuart was able to really build on his living skills which would greatly assist him when he moved to his new home.

Unisson’s unique person-centred active support process has enabled Stuart to further develop his independence with encouragement from support workers. According to the STA team leader Elizabeth Green, “It is really important to get to know the clients on a personal level to assist them to meet their NDIS goals and any personal goals the clients may set. Some clients want to learn and build on skills while other clients want a holiday where they can rest and chill out. In Stuart’s case, he wanted to maintain his normal routine of working, going on social outings and learn some new living skills that would assist him in his new home.”

Unisson’s support coordination team worked together to find a few different options for Stuart’s new home. This ensured that his needs were being met as well as important things such as proximity to work and being close to his community activities. Stuart got to know his new support workers and his new house mates by having barbeques at the STA as well as morning teas at his future home. He has since settled into his new home and enjoys his independance and extending his social connections.

Stuart continues to learn new skills, whether at work or at home and is proud of what he has achieved. His hobbies include listening to the radio and watching TV. Stuart also loves music and is a big fan of the Australian folk-influenced group The Seekers. Last Christmas he received a CD player with a Seekers CD which he absolutely loves to play and listen to with other people.

Another favourite pastime for Stuart is going to coffee shops. Elizabeth says that at STA, “The staff really try to add incidental learning opportunities in everyday tasks as well as encouraging physical activity on outings. When Stuart goes on coffee outings, staff try to encourage him to go on a walk before ordering his coffee!”

Stuart recently celebrated his 60th birthday with a large lamington cake. It was great for him to celebrate such a milestone in his life with his new housemates, but also to celebrate his many achievements in the last 12 months.

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