Supported Independant Living

Supported Independent Living

Nganana Inc. Supported Accommodation services are designed utilising a developmental approach to providing supports for individuals living with psychosocial disability.

Key features of this service type are:

1.         Individualised Support Planning

Every participant in supported accommodation has an individualised accommodation and positive behaviour support plan.  These plans are developed with the participant and their support network to reflect individual preferences, wants and needs.  These plans are continuously developed and improved over time (at four weekly meetings), and therefore change to reflect evolving capabilities including capacity to live independently, and exercise choice and control in the community.

2.         Properties as Homes

Properties are established in collaboration with participants and their support networks to be a home, not an accommodation service.  Décor, furnishings and layout are individualised with input from occupants.  This is an ongoing collaborative process.

Pets can be negotiated on an individualised basis (learning to take responsibility for a pet can represent a valuable opportunity to build independent living capacity).

3.         Homes with Facilities

All homes are established within properties that include backyards, sheds and room for a garden.  These are essential spaces that have the option to be used for activities to support a lifestyle and engagement in activities of choice.  Nganana does not use properties blocks that have subdivided and minimalised.

4.         Homes Supporting Positive Engagement

Nganana homes each feature an art studio and garden area.  Both these activities represent opportunity to express individuality, learn skills supporting independent living, and a potential to enhance wellbeing.

5.         Value Based Employment

Nganana recruits utilising a values based approach (for more information see “Working with Nganana”).  This ensures direct care staff (Engagement Support Workers) understand the critical nature of their role in building working relationships with participants; working with – not for, and supporting participants to engage in positive and productive activities to achieve identified outcomes.

The five values identified by National Disability Services as those of greatest value for the delivery of individualised services are:


  • Individuality
  • Rights to choice & control
  • Preferences, needs & wants
  • Beliefs, values, culture
  • Family & support network


  • Teamwork
  • Engagement
  • Professional
  • Supportive
  • Contribute


  • Honesty
  • Being genuine
  • Right action
  • Trustworthy
  • Sincerity
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  • Engaged
  • Innovative
  • Initiative
  • Creative
  • Assertive
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  • Responsibility
  • Reliable
  • Commitment
  • Transparency
  • Solution based
  • Continuous improvement