IDEA Services

IHC, through IDEA Services, supports adults of all ages with intellectual disabilities to live in their own homes and be part of their local communities.

Supported Living and Home Support

Supported Living offers:
  • Help to find and set up a home
  • Help to find a job
  • Support to keep in touch with family and friends
  • Opportunities to make new friendships and relationships
  • Flexible support when and where you need it
  • Help with daily living support
  • Support to develop life skills

Home support is where a support worker may provide support in the home or take the person out in the community.

Residential Services

What does it mean to be living in Residental Services (Group Homes):

  • Usually no more than five people live in a group home
  • Each person living in the home is given the level of support they need, including help with personal care, preparing meals or going out
  • Each person has their own bedroom and is encouraged to participate in the running of their home. Regular meetings are held to discuss issues and make decisions about their home
  • People are active socially. They might be part of a sports team or enjoy going to cafes, or the movies. They have friends and family over to stay or to share a meal.
  • People are supported to access other community activities and services, such as leisure, recreation and medical services. We support people to have an annual health check

Vocational Services

Vocational Services supports people to learn, work and enjoy life in the community.

  • IDEA Services has implemented a number of initiatives to better respond to young people and their hopes for the future.
  • IDEA Services works in partnership with the person, their families and the person’s community to provide more individualised and inclusive opportunities.
  • Vocational and day services have a focus that puts the person at the centre in planning their programme.

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