About Project Independence

Principles and Philosophy

The following principles and philosophy underpin the operation of Project Independence homes:

  • The active creation of a nurturing, happy environment will be prioritised through the development of the right relationships between Live-in Independence Co-ordinator s and Residents, as well as between Residents themselves.
  • The underpinning philosophy each Live-in Resident Co-ordinator must bring to the home is one of respect for the human person and a deep desire to achieve maximum life outcomes for the Residents within a safe, secure and friendly environment.
  • Residents are entitled to a lifestyle that is based on the same rights and opportunities as other citizens in a shared living environment. This includes the opportunity to live in a housing situation that is independent of their parents.
  • Ongoing family interaction in the life of the resident is highly valued in contributing to the wellbeing and development of independence.
  • Ongoing family interaction for Residents is highly encouraged and valued in contributing to the wellbeing and development of the individual’s independence.
  • The home should enhance a person’s privacy and security, but also the development of relationships and intimacy, and the expression of individuality.
  • A commitment to community inclusion is essential and is more than simply being a house in the suburbs. It is active participation in community life and development of networks and every opportunity should be taken to foster this.
  • Families and Resident Co-ordinator s must work together using supported decision making approaches to support the Resident and to achieve the best outcome.
  • Families do best when they work co-operatively with other like-minded families to share skills and experiences in order to achieve desired outcomes for the Resident.
  • Residents must be given choices, consistent with their level of independence, and be listened to where they make express wishes on lifestyle and operation of the home.

Maximum involvement of the Residents’ guardians, siblings and other family members and friends from the broader community with the successful operation of the home is therefore welcomed and encouraged. While not forgetting the objective of providing the Residents with an independent living arrangement, the success of the home will be largely dependent on maximum participation in the lives of the Residents from families and friends. “Circles of Support” are expected to be developed with Resident Co-ordinator.This model seeks to include the above characteristics and includes the following approaches:

  • Individual freedom of choice - Freedom of choice is a key right for all individuals. Project Independence will provide an environment in which Residents can express their choices freely.
  • Person Centeredness – The Resident is at the centre of all decision making. The rights of the Resident, and their families and carers to make choices about their lives are respected by Project Independence.
  • Supported Decision Making - This is a community based skills building model of support, which empowers Residents with cognitive disabilities to make and communicate decisions about their lives. The members of the support network can provide information, ideas and advice that help vulnerable persons to make their own decisions. This means: the Residents are able to make their own decisions, with support and advice from family and friends, where they choose to involve them. In this model decision making capacity is understood to exist on a continuum, where decision making skills can be built up and supported across various contexts and circumstances.
  • Participation — Residents are supported to develop and maintain meaningful roles within the community. Support is provided to enhance skills and maximise independence to create a lifestyle that reflects the choices of all individuals.

Independence through residentship — The creation of equity giving the individual different independent living options for the future. Developed from the following sources:

Advocacy for inclusion: Supported Decision Making, Legal Capacity and Guardianship (PDF)

The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act