14 July 2024

"We are very independent and make our own decisions, which is important to us." - Louisa.

Image: Louisa and another individual embrace and smile at the camera.

Meet Louisa, Robyn, and Caroline, three women who share a home in Blackburn South, Victoria, and chose to be supported by Life Without Barriers' Supported Independent Living disability services. Together, they have created a warm and inclusive home and are now looking for a new housemate to move in.   

"What makes our home special to us is that we make the house rules," said Louisa.  

"We are very independent and make our own decisions, which is important to us." 

Image: Louisa at the shops, smiling at the camera.

Who are they?

The housemates respect each other's privacy and enjoy both socialising together and time spent alone. They have decorated their home to reflect their individual tastes, and enjoy spending time together watching movies, chatting, and having fun.  

Louisa loves movies, shopping, looking after her garden, and collecting craft items. She attends a local day program and also looks forward to spending time with her mum, who calls daily for a chat and takes her out on Sundays.  

Robyn works full time, enjoys knitting, and loves outings to cafes and shops. On Saturdays, she goes swimming or to the cinema, and she adores spending time with her family.  

Caroline is a busy bee with interests in hip hop dance, social group meetings, swimming, gardening, and gym. She comes from a large family and loves spending weekends with them. She particularly looks forward to spending special time with her brother when he visits from America. 

Image: Collage showing three images of Lousia, Caroline and Robyn.

They all share household chores and decide on tasks and rules together at their resident meetings. Their staff support them in being active in their everyday lives, always listening and respecting their choices.  

"We respect each other's privacy," said Robyn.  

"Our bedrooms are our own personal spaces, and we also have spaces where we can all hang out together.” 

Image: Louisa and Caroline sit together, patting a dog.

Searching for an ideal housemate 

Their ideal housemate would be a someone who works or attends day placement full time, is independent, respectful, likes to socialise, communicates well, is gentle, and understands the importance of house rules and privacy.  

Could you be the right fit? 

If you are looking for a welcoming home and fit this description, Louisa, Robyn, and Caroline would love to hear from you. 

There is a vacancy in one of two contemporary, open-plan units right next to each other, with a view of the shared backyard and covered outdoor patio. The roomy bedroom includes a built-in wardrobe, heating, cooling, and large window for plenty of natural light.

You can view the Blackburn South vacancy listing here or get in touch with Life Without Barriers Supported Independent Living team on 1800 610 699 or disability.enquiries@lwb.org.au

Why should I choose Supported Independent Living? 

Supported Independent Living is a great way to live the life you choose whilst also having easy access to assisted living supports when needed. 

Life Without Barriers' Disability Support Workers can be there 24/7 or they can provide day-to-day assistance. All our assisted living homes are designed to make you feel comfortable, safe and at home.

We'd love to discuss what you are looking for and how we can support you. You can check out our current vacancies here or get in touch with the team on 1800 610 699 or disability.enquiries@lwb.org.au

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