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feature Civic choice for living New South Wales disability support organisation Civic has supported living options and short stay supported accommodation to cater for a range of support needs. C hief Executive Officer who are ageing, moved out of home the Monday they moved into their Annie Doyle said Civic for the first time into a shared house new home. They invited their families has been providing with 24-hour support. around for a barbecue to celebrate disability services for 60 years and specialises in accessible supported accommodation for both children and adults. “This was a big change for the parents and their boys,” Ms Doyle said. “The house manager organised this life-changing event. “There were tears of sadness from their parents but also tears of joy to for the mates to visit the house on see their children taking the step to “Our accommodation options a Wednesday after work to check become independent with the relief range from independent units to it out. The look of excitement on knowing that their children would be shared houses, from Sydney through their faces as they pulled up to what cared for over their lives.” to the Shoalhaven,” Ms Doyle said. was to be their new home said it all. Ms Doyle said recent statistics “We offer long term housing as They inspected their rooms and the from the National Disability Insurance backyard where straight away they Scheme quarterly reports showed planned to have barbecues. only 37 per cent of parents with adult well as respite.” Ms Doyle said recently a group of friends that work together at Civic Industries, all of whom have parents “The next weekend, they started moving boxes into the house and on children aged 25 years or older have made plans for when they are no longer able to care for their family member with disability. Furthermore, only 45 per cent of parents with children aged 15-24 know what they can do to support their family member to become as independent as possible. “This is where Civic can guide you through the process of finding accommodation,” Ms Doyle said. “A transitional approach can be implemented where your child stays at the accommodation for a short time during the day or they can trial Friends taking the next step to being independent. 44 accommodation an overnight stay. Once you and your child feel comfortable with the change we will support you all through the move.” www.civic.org.au linkonline.com.au