What the Service Offers
Peer Support provides respite care to younger people (aged 16 years and over) who are living with a disability within the Singleton Shire.
Service users are provided with age-appropriate, enjoyable activities that contribute to their ability to function within society. This also assists with the independence of people living with a disability and reduces the likelihood of premature or inappropriate admission to residential care facilities.
Importantly, Peer Support provides the family or carer with a break from the usual caring role.
Peer Support strengthens and maintains the primary care relationships between a person with a disability, their families and carers; and reduces the potential for the breakdown of supports for a person living with a disability.
Services are delivered Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Features of Peer Support
- Individual service users will be matched with other peers of similar age and interests, generally in group activities.
- Activities will be determined by demand.
- Flexible and responsible service delivery in line with the needs of individuals, families
- Planned respite care.
- Provision of time-limited breaks for families and carers, primarily on a planned basis.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
- Positive benefits and outcomes for the person with a disability.
- Provision of service where the service user attends group activities away from the family home.
- Community-based activities such as visits to films, restaurants, sporting facilities or other appropriate venues.
- Development of or participation in a respite plan for each family/individual which outlines:
- identified needs
- agreed respite activities and time frames
- roles and responsibilities of those involved in the provision of respite care
- ongoing evaluation and review
- agreed process and time frame for review of respite plan and identified needs
- Formal and informal links with other service providers involved in the provision of Peer Support services to ensure the respite is part of a total co-ordinated range of support services.