What is active support in disability?

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Active support is an approach used in disability support services for individuals with disabilities that focuses on maximising their independence and participation in everyday activities. In the world of Active Support, individuals are not defined by their disabilities; they are celebrated for their unique strengths and potential. It is a world where control over one’s life is regained, where aspirations are not just dreams but realities, and where the pursuit of a meaningful and fulfilling existence knows no bounds.

According to data by the Australian Network on Disability, June 2022 reveals that in Australia, over 4.4 million individuals, which accounts for 1 in 5 people, are living with some form of disability. Interestingly, the likelihood of experiencing a disability grows more pronounced with age, as 2 in 5 people with disabilities are aged 65 or older. It is also mentioned that just 4.4% of people with disabilities in Australia rely on wheelchairs for mobility. This data underscores the vital importance of active support in disability to ensure that individuals have the resources, opportunities and assistance they need to lead fulfilling and independent lives.

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Let’s dive deeper, together, into this world where active support is not just a philosophy but a way of life, where every moment is a chance to redefine what’s possible.


Person-Centred Active Support

At Wise Choice In-Home Care, Person-Centered Active Support is the embodiment of our unwavering commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities to lead lives of fulfilment, purpose, and self-determination. It is a holistic and dynamic motion that revolves around listening, co-creating, coaching, idea-sharing, and continuous feedback. Our ultimate goal is to truly grasp the unique desires and needs of each individual, enabling them to define and pursue their version of a meaningful and exceptional life.

It champions independence, encouraging individuals to assume increasing responsibility for their own well-being while providing the right level of support. It fosters the discovery of untapped abilities and the embrace of responsibilities that can be managed autonomously.


Fundamental principles of active support in disability

  1. Engagement: Caregivers and support workers actively engage with individuals to involve them in meaningful activities and decisions, encouraging their participation in everyday life.
  2. Personalisation: Support is tailored to the unique needs, preferences, and goals of each person with a disability, recognising that one size does not fit all.
  3. Skill Development: Active support focuses on helping individuals develop and maintain skills that promote their independence and quality of life. This can include life skills, communication, mobility, and more.
  4. Inclusion: Individuals are encouraged and supported to be part of their community, participate in social activities, and build relationships with others.
  5. Option and Control: People with disabilities are given options and control over their daily routines, activities, and decisions to the extent possible.
  6. Continuous Assessment: Care plans are regularly reviewed and adjusted to ensure they remain relevant to the changing needs and aspirations of the person with a disability.


Empowering People with Disabilities

Empowering people with disabilities is at the heart of Active support, which aligns with our mission. At Wise Choice, we provide a comprehensive range of services that not only support individuals with disabilities but also value their unique abilities. Our dedicated staff undergo rigorous training to ensure they can assist and improve the lives of the people we serve.

We understand that families play a crucial role in the well-being of their loved ones with disabilities, and we work closely with them to create a supportive network. Through our commitment to empowerment, we aim to enhance the quality of life for those we serve, promoting self-determination and fostering a sense of self-worth in every individual.


Comprehensive Disability Care Approach

The Disability Care Approach is rooted in a profound dedication to supporting people with disabilities in leading fulfilling lives. Everyone is unique, and our approach is designed to engage in meaningful interactions honouring their distinct needs and aspirations. Everyone should be able to thrive and make decisions about their own lives.

Our active support approach ensures that our dedicated support staff actively listen to the people we serve, offering tailored assistance that aligns with their goals and preferences. We work closely with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to ensure that our services are of the highest quality and aligned with the evolving needs of those we support. Through our Complete Disability Care Approach, we empower individuals to live on their terms, fostering self-governance and creating a supportive community where each person’s voice is heard and valued.


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In-Home Disability Support Services

Our In-Home Disability Support Services are dedicated to making every moment count for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We understand that the type of support needed can vary significantly from person to person, so we offer a flexible, enjoyable and individualised style. Our goal is to help people with their immediate needs and provide support at the right time, ensuring that they can navigate daily life with confidence and autonomy.

We employ a graded assistance model, recognising that every individual’s journey is unique with different needs. This fundamental component of our services allows us to tailor our support to the specific requirements of each person we serve, empowering them to achieve their fullest potential within the comfort of their own home.

Also Read: What is Active Support in Ageing?


Developing Skills for Independence

Our philosophy revolves around encouraging individuals to engage in meaningful activities and relationships within their communities actively. The right amount of support can be truly valuable in this journey. For instance, we work with individuals to learn new skills such as daily living activities like cooking, managing finances, or using public transportation. These skills enhance their quality of life and enable them to participate in society actively.

Through this process, we witness the transformation of individuals as they achieve milestones and become more self-reliant, ultimately enriching their lives and those around them. Furthermore, we motivate individuals to express their desires and preferences, involving them in decision-making processes so they can shape their paths and achieve their goals autonomously.


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Our Commitment to Disability Services: Contact Us!

When you choose Wise Choice In-Home Care, you are not just a name in our register – you are a valued member of our community. We understand the importance of active support, and our commitment to providing you with quality care at home reflects our dedication to keeping your loved ones empowered, happy and engaged. Our door is always open, and we welcome you to step into a warm and caring environment where your needs come first.

Together, we will overcome challenges, celebrate achievements, and make every day a meaningful and fulfilling experience. Let’s connect and start this remarkable journey together. Contact Us Today! Your wise choice is our privilege.

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