How we help
Helping disabled people live their lives within their community
ConneXu facilitates whole of life supports for adults with an intellectual disability in a range of different circumstances and in a variety of ways. Some people live in their own homes and receive specific supports to assist with their needs or to help them pursue their interests, some receive support overnight, while others remain independent.
People live with people they choose to be with and some people live on their own due to their needs or desires.
The focus of service development is on facilitating a range of options to best suit the aspirations of people who require some assistance to live their lives within their community.
We assist people to identify what is a good life for them by using PATH.
Enhancing life skills
Our focus in helping disabled people is on enhancing your life skills, so you take manageable steps toward the freedom of being more independent in your day-to-day life. For some these steps may be small but significant, while others may be ready for larger leaps. Either way, we’ll work with you in a way, and at a pace, that suits you – with the reassurance of all the back-up you may need.
You’ll find us to be a positive bunch who believe all barriers can be broken if you tackle them step-by-step. We focus on your strengths rather than your disabilities and will think outside the square to support you in exploring new pastimes and tackling new challenges.
Intellectual disability support
Support services for intellectual disability
ConneXu holds a contract with the Ministry of Health to provide funded residential care, supports, facilitation and services for people who have an intellectual disability. To be eligible for funding, disability must be confirmed by a clinical psychologist and referred by Disability Support Link (Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Agency), or from people who are part of the Waikato Enabling Good Lives demonstration.
We will also facilitate supports for any intellectually disabled person who wishes to be supported by ConneXu using their Individualised Funding or Carer Support Days. To receive Individualised Funding or Carer Support Days you must be assessed as being eligible by Disability Support Link.
Physical disability support
Personalised support for people with physical disabilities
If you or your family/whanau member has a physical disability and wants to achieve greater well-being and independence, ConneXu can provide the high quality support you need to live your life the way you want. We encourage you to achieve your personal goals and aspirations, either living in your own home or in one of our fully wheelchair accessible residential homes.
Our team of highly trained professionals will work with you, in conjunction with other specialist physical disability services, to create a personalised support plan – ensuring you have everything you require to aid you with your independence.
This may include:
- Occupational therapy
- Deaf Aotearoa
- Blind foundation
- Life unlimited
- Medical professionals
ConneXu encourages independence, community participation and individual passions and hobbies. Our service aims to support physically disabled people with all aspects of care, adapting supports as the needs of the person change.
Residential homes for disabled adults
A variety of living options are available for people who chose residential services. Some people live in their own home and receive specific facilitation of support to assist with their needs or to help them pursue their interests; some people receive support overnight while others remain independent.
People live with people they choose to be with and some people live on their own due to their needs or desires
We work closely with you and your family/whanau from the outset to ensure that your specific needs are best met 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
Supported housing for disabled people
Supported housing is a fantastic option for people who may require quite a high level of support.
The focus is on supporting disabled people who would like to live together in their own home in the community, and are happy to share some resources. A package of support is developed with each person. These are tailored to each individual but may include some sharing of supports such as house work, cooking, shopping etc. This is a great alternative to residential care as it allows you to live your life the way you want, with the facilitation of the supports you need, in your own home.
Benefits of supported housing include:
- It’s your home – if you want to change support providers you can do so, without having to move!
- Freedom to do things when you feel like it – eating, sleeping, cooking etc
- Privacy – especially nice when having your friends or family over to visit
- Convenience – not having to share with lots of other people
- Confidence – getting better at standing up for yourself
- Financial skills – being in charge of your own money.
- Independence – learning to be as independent as you want to be
One of the great advantages of supported housing is that once you are established in your own home, which has your name on the tenancy agreement, you get to decide who provides the support.
Independent supported living
Supported independent living for disabled people
Independent living with support means living in the community with the appropriate level of facilitation to live an independent life. In a supported living scenario you will have your own tenancy and choose to either live alone or with other people of your choice.
The philosophy behind independent supported living is ‘walking alongside you to achieve your goals and daily tasks’. Your facilitation will be highly individualised and structured specifically to suit your needs and interests.
For example, you may choose to receive facilitation in the following:
- Connecting with your community
- Joining interest groups
- Learning to cook new recipes
- Paying accounts.
- Using public transport
Home care for disabled people
ConneXu facilitate highly individualised care at home for disabled people. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your personal needs and preferences and come up with a plan to suit you.
Buddy support while living with your family
Buddy support is for young people and adults with disabilities who are living at home with their family.
This service is designed to be flexible and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and their family. A Community Facilitator or Community Connector can provide support in the home or in the community to assist the individual to develop skills towards independence.
This could include:
- Getting out and about in the community – eg learning to catch a bus
- Going to the movies, games, clubs etc
- Developing social skills and making friends
- Developing skills in managing money and cooking a meal
Help finding employment
Disability employment opportunities to suit you
If you’re interested in getting a job, we’ll work with you to seek a role that suits your skills and interests. Alternatively we may connect you with a disability employment agency that will assist you.
There’s nothing like the satisfaction of becoming a little more independent and playing a valued role within your community.
Starting a business
Perhaps you have a great idea for a business or would like to turn a hobby into a micro-business.
We’ll help you connect with people who can support you in everything you need to know, including where to sell your products or services and how to manage the finances.
Becoming a volunteer
Is there a way you’d like to support others in your community? Becoming a volunteer is a great way to make a meaningful difference to the lives of those around you. We’ll work with you to find a volunteer role that makes the most of what you have to offer.
Advocating for your rights
Connexu is firmly built around the rights of the individual. We’re governed by the code of rights and will advocate for your rights as an individual. This gives you and your whanau the confidence of knowing that you’ll always be treated with respect and that we have your back should the going gets tough.
ConneXu will facilitate and support you to express your wishes, have the same opportunities as others and be treated with the same respect as your peers. If you require external, professional advocacy ConneXu is able to connect you will an advocate in your area.