Moving out of home can be an exciting but challenging time. There are many things to consider and many options available.
daily living skills can start well before moving out. Learning life skills, grocery shopping, preparing meals and balancing a budget prior to moving out will boost success.
Deciding where to live is a big decision once a student finishes school and may require a great deal of thought and planning for students with disability. There are many choices available.
Young people with disability may decide to stay at home with their family. It is important for the family to discuss ways that allows their child to stay there whilst also beginning to live a more independent life.
There may be an option for the young person to move away from home but still live with either another family member or family friend who can act as a support person.
There are also houses known as 'Supported Living Units' where a group of people with disability live together with support workers who help to develop independence and prepare people to live independently in the community. These are sometimes referred to as 'shared support arrangements'.
There are also many different
rental housing options available:
If the young person is receiving a Centrelink payment, they may be eligible for
Housing assistance for people with disability assists clients with a physical, intellectual, sensory or psychiatric disability which affects their housing need by:
- modifying housing to provide additional bedrooms for live-in carers
- arranging individual tenancy agreements
- conducting occupational therapist assessments of individual housing needs
- considering other housing needs such as health and safety, independence and quality of life.
Moving can be expensive, especially for young people moving out of home for the first time. The young person may need to save for a while first. Some costs may include:
- expenses associated with moving (i.e. hiring some help and renting a moving van)
- the bond for the rental property (usually one month's rent)
- cleaning deposit (some landlords ask for this up front to cover expenses for cleaning when you move out)
- electricity and telephone deposits
- furniture and appliances.
Go to the
Money and budgeting page for additional information and resources to assist with managing expenses.