After an experience of neurotrauma (Spinal Cord Injury or Acquired Brain Injury), injured individuals will often find themselves in restricted care environments with appropriate support they can move towards more independent living situations with greater opportunity for social participation.
A change in living circumstance, whether it involves moving to a less restrictive accommodation setting, or adapting the support, is referred to as a "community transition."
The TAC recognises that there is a need to increase the range of shared support accommodation options offered to claimants, and the types of support offered within these accommodation options.
This recognition led to the TAC's investment in Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) – a Trust dedicated to the development of small-scale home-like living environments that offer a model of shared support and the use of state-of-the-art technology for 24-hour care requirements.
The success of this Trust, however, will largely depend upon he successful management of community transitions by individuals with neurotrauma, the TAC, support providers, and their families.
Their work involves a comprehensive scan of all existing literature, and an evaluation of the transition planning experience from the perspective of the disabled person, their family, and their support provider.
The findings of the research will be used to make recommendations to the TAC and WorkSafe to help them develop official transition planning information and resources, and thus maximise the success of accommodation transitions and client satisfaction.
Released in April 2016, the report Transition to supported community living: An environmental scan and qualitative experiences of TAC clients highlighted the focus that should be placed on transition planning. Improvements both to transition outcomes and experiences are possible if a targeted approach to transition planning is undertaken, along with a commitment to ongoing follow up of transition experiences and associated outcomes.