Your questions on supported independent living for Cerebral Palsy answered
Maple Community Services focuses on providing Supported Independent Living options for people with cerebral palsy and we recognise that everyone's journey is unique, shaped by their specific needs and aspirations. SIL offers a pathway to achieving greater autonomy while ensuring the necessary support is at hand.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a program under the NDIS that funds support from a social worker. It presents opportunities such as personal development, community integration, and the nurturing of life skills essential for a fulfilling and independent life for those living with cerebral palsy.
From understanding the intricacies of daily living assistance to exploring the technological aids and environmental modifications that foster independence, it’s important to understand the core elements that can make SIL a transformative experience for you or your loved one living with CP.
What support do people with cerebral palsy need?
If you or your loved one are living with cerebral palsy, your needs are likely to be diverse and vary widely depending on the severity of your condition and your life goals and preferences.
Central to CP care is therapeutic support, which typically includes:
- Physiotherapy to enhance and maintain muscle strength and mobility.
- Occupational therapy to develop motor skills and independence in daily activities.
- Speech and language therapy if you face communication challenges.
Regular medical care is also crucial to CP support and will generally involve:
- Consultations with various healthcare professionals such as paediatricians, neurologists and orthopaedic surgeons.
- Management of CP associated medical conditions which can include epilepsy and gastrointestinal issues.
Assistive technologies can play a pivotal role in the lives of people with CP. These can include:
- Mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walking frames.
- Adaptive equipment for everyday activities.
Educational and employment support can be extremely beneficial, including:
- Special education services and classroom accommodations to facilitate learning and cognitive development.
- Vocational training and employment assistance.
- Workplace adjustments to help achieve professional goals.
Emotional and psychological well being is also a very important part of CP support, this can include:
- Counselling or therapy to address mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
- Support groups to share experiences and gain advice and insight from like minded individuals.
Social and community inclusion and activities can help provide a sense of belonging and purpose for people living with cerebral palsy, including:
- Programs that encourage social interaction and participation in the community.
- Accessible recreational activities tailored to your abilities and interests.
Personal care assistance and family and caregiver support are integral to the comprehensive care needed by those with CP. This can include:
- Help with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, and feeding.
- Respite care to provide rest time for those who care for people with CP.
A holistic approach to support ensures that those living with cerebral palsy can lead fulfilling and independent lives to the absolute best of their ability.
What NDIS support is available for people with cerebral palsy?
With the help of Supported Independent Living funded by the NDIS, we can address a lot of the support needs of people living with cerebral palsy. SIL covers support for people living with cerebral palsy and it certainly helps to facilitate everyday needs such as personal care, educational support and accompaniment when out and about.
SIL is tailored to the specific needs of each participant, considering their level of cerebral palsy, their personal goals, and type of support they require for daily living.
NDIS cerebral palsy independent living options include:
- Daily or round the clock support for those requiring extensive assistance. This can help with daily activities, personal care and overnight assistance.
- Focusing on developing life skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting and shopping which are aimed at enhancing participants ability to live independently.
- Assistance with engaging in community activities, social events, and maintaining social connections.
- Health and wellness support such as managing medication, attending medical appointments, and support with physical therapy and exercises.
- Support for using assistive technology and making necessary modifications to a living environment.
Although SIL doesn’t cover costs of essential needs such as accommodation or assistive equipment, these can be covered under other categories of the NDIS such as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Core Supports.
To find out more about the Supported Independent Living options available to you with Maple, and how to use your funding wisely, feel free to reach out to our specialist team today.
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