Headstart ABI Service is committed to providing quality service provision to people of the Hunter who have sustained a brain injury. We are recognised as a quality endorsed organisation and a preferred provider for the ;
- Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)
- Lifetime Care and Support Service (LTCS) – Headstart has achieved Certification to the Attendant Care Industry of Australia (ACIA) endorsed Attendant Care Industry Management Systems Standards (ACIMSS)
- Transport Accident Commission Victoria
Headstart complies with the NSW Disability Services Act and NSW Disability Service Standards
We currently provide:
- Individually tailored support with one to one worker to meet the unique needs of the consumers at home or in the community
- Community access – support is provided one to one or in small groups depending upon preference. This service looks for opportunities for social inclusion.
- Leisure and social activities – individually or in small groups to promote inclusion, confidence, self esteem, reciprocity and to have fun! Activities are directed by the choices of those who participate and range from very active to low key across varied interest areas.
- Support from a co-worker (case co-ordinator) to help sort options and create links with services and facilities in the community, to act as an advocate and be a consistent contact person.
- In Home Support to be able to live as independently in accommodation of your choice. Provides tailored support for the person living alone or in the family home. The focus is on skill development and maintenance.
- Attendant Care Services under Lifetime Care and Support (LTCS)
- Community Education Presentations for the community in general, where the team comprises people with an ABI as the experts
- Circles – to have the opportunity to develop social networks and links in the community, and generate reciprocal non paid supports.
- We design services to suit individual needs, choices and lifestyle.
Some services are funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing , Disability and Home Care. Headstart’s self directed services include:
- DisabilityCare Australia (NDIS) Funded package
- Life Choices
- Active Ageing
- Supported living fund
- Attendant Care
- Fee for Service
Services are provided in various settings such as
- the community
- your home or the family home
- your voluntary workplace
- nursing homes, hostels or supported living residences
- mainstream social and recreational venues
What does a Co-worker do?
- They support the individual to develop goals, formulate a plan and the strategies for success.
- They initiate a trial and error approach to new opportunities.
- They provide emotional support for the person and their family
- They identify resources, services and facilities that may be useful
- They establish a structure with the person that suits their environment and choices in life
- They provide support and mentoring making it easier to solve day to day dilemmas
Brain Injury can have devastating impacts for the injured person and for their family as well. They too are faced with many challenges and difficulties. We provide support, encouragement and information for families in dealing with life after injury.
In addition the Hunter Brain Injury Group, family support group meets each 3rd Tuesday of the month. For more information contact 02 49654420. All are welcome.
Headstart Community Education Team
- The Headstart CET provides education for the community at large in their awareness, understanding, friendship and proactive inclusion of a person with brain injury.
- The CET comprises people with an ABI who receive training and support to deliver this innovative and creative project.
- Joining the CET enables the individual to play an active and valued role of brain injury expert in the community.