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Alex’s story

Alex’s journey towards moving from a psychiatric hostel to a supportive house is a testament to the power of determination and collaborative effort. As Alex takes these crucial steps towards a more independent and fulfilling life, their story sheds light on the process of change and growth.

The journey began with Alex and their support team recognising the significance of finding a stable and supportive living environment. Making housing exploration an NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) goal marked the first step in acknowledging the importance of this transition in Alex’s life.

The next step was to complete an OT (occupational therapy) assessment for housing. The assessments were a crucial stepping stone in providing valuable insights into Alex’s unique needs – ensuring that Alex’s future living space catered to support their wellbeing and growth.

During the assessments, Alex went from strength to strength. The cooking assessment was one of the highlights where Alex successfully cooked up a feast of hot dogs!

Receiving housing support through Daily Activity funding was another pivotal achievement in Alex’s journey. This financial support laid the groundwork for creating an environment that fostered Alex’s independence and positive development. Despite hoping for a larger package to cater to Alex’s needs, the Plan Navigators team was determined to find a service provider to take on his package.

The next step in the process was to negotiate with various service providers to identify who would best meet Alex’s level of support hours. This was a critical decision. At first glance, some providers seemed to be excellent options for Alex. However, it was the team’s duty to investigate the back-end process of each accommodation to be confident we chose a provider that ticked all boxes – both on a personal level as well as meeting the appropriate support and funding requirements. As a result, Alex learned patience around turning down opportunities that might not be the best for him.

This process showcased Alex’s support network’s dedication to finding the right fit for Alex, as well as ensuring the transition from the hospital to the new living arrangement would be as seamless as possible.

It was essential to ensure all of Alex’s support team members were on board with the new changes. The unity of the support system demonstrated their shared commitment to Alex’s wellbeing and success once a good provider was sourced and was well-qualified to work with Alex and support him within his approved budget.

With the relevant documents handed over to the housing provider, Alex’s journey moved to the next phase. Thanks to several day stays and trials, Alex got introduced to his new supportive house, getting glimpses of the independence that awaited them.

Throughout this intricate process, Alex experienced a range of emotions. Moments of fear intertwined with bursts of passion as the prospect of having their “own space” ignited a sense of empowerment.

Alex’s journey reminds us that growth is often accompanied by challenges, but it is also fueled by a desire for positive change. As Alex navigates this transition, their story underscores the significance of setting goals, working collaboratively, and maintaining a supportive network. With each step taken, Alex inches closer to realising their vision of an independent and empowered life.

In celebrating Alex’s progress, we honor their resilience, courage, and unwavering support from their team. This ongoing journey reflects the power of determination and the impact of a community that believes in the potential of every individual. Eventually Alex made the full transition and has never looked back.