Careful planning and temporary funding has assisted Koby (46), of Geraldton, to quickly and seamlessly relocate to a new group home in Perth last month so that he could be closer to family.
Image caption: Koby pictured with his family in his new home in Perth.
For the past 30 years, Koby, who has intellectual disability, hearing impairment, tuberous sclerosis and communicates via limited facial expression, had been living independently in a Geraldton group home supported by disability service provider Activ.
His mother Maureen, who Koby would frequently visit, had also lived in Geraldton but in late 2017 was suddenly relocated to residential care in Perth due to her rapid progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Disability Services Local Coordinator Fiona King said it was distressing for Koby’s mother and siblings to be based in Perth while Koby was on his own in Geraldton.
“There was a desire to quickly move him to supported accommodation in Perth so Koby could be closer to his family,” Fiona said.
Koby’s sister Tamara approached Perth disability service provider Rocky Bay who, with support from Fiona and temporary funding through Disability Services, was able to visit Koby in Geraldton to get to know his personality, interests and support requirements. Rocky Bay were then able to match Koby to appropriate accommodation in Perth, with compatible housemates and 24/7 individualised support.
Once a home was decided, Koby’s Local Coordinator Fiona developed a plan and facilitated the relocation in close communication with Koby’s family and disability service providers to ensure his transition would be as smooth as possible and there would be no disruptions to his supports and services during and after his move.
Since smoothly relocating to his new home in mid-January, Rocky Bay has worked with Koby to develop a program and a lively schedule that involves weekly dance movement classes, lunch and coffee catch-ups with family, swimming sessions, and frequent social outings with other Rocky Bay residents and carers.
Koby is happy in his new home and his family is overjoyed that he is close to them. He is also loving the company of his new housemates who he regularly enjoys board games and coffee outings with.
Over time, Disability Services and Rocky Bay will continue to work with Koby to ensure he receives appropriate supports, and to explore more of his interests and further develop a program tailored to his goals and aspirations.