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101 Park Terrace
Lighthouse Disability has its origins in developments that took place more than a quarter of a century ago. In May 1989, a group of parents whose sons and daughters lived in a State-run nursing home, called Ru Rua, saw that a different kind of accommodation and new standards of care could help supported people more fully realise their potential and improve their quality of life.
Out of this came an organisation known as Leveda that offered supported accommodation for groups of clients in ordinary suburban homes in various parts of Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
The thinking behind Leveda’s establishment was a radical and somewhat political departure from current institutional approaches – and the outcomes it delivered were rapid and substantial improvements in the health, longevity and quality of client lives.
Previously, families with clients had generally found themselves to be disenfranchised and disconnected. They felt little inclined to spend time with their children or siblings in institutional care, with visits being few and far between.
After the advent of supported accommodation, the level of family involvement increased dramatically. What made the crucial difference were the sights, sounds and smells of normal households. Supported people now lived in settings where fridges and cupboards were stocked with food, meals were cooked on stoves and washing machines whirred away in the background, and families found all this much more welcoming.
Living in home environments, however, required higher levels of care and skill from support staff. Live-in carers not only had to help run the households but also undertake nursing procedures for clients with complex health needs. As well as training to undertake this work, they also needed to gain knowledge of occupational health and safety procedures for their wellbeing as well as their clients’.
The organisation now accommodates more than ninety people in 28 houses in Adelaide’s north and north-eastern suburbs, having a workforce of around 200 assisted by almost 100 volunteers.
The next development in the history of the organisation arose from the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme by the Federal government in July 2013, which is bringing about major changes to the way the disability support sector operates. In response, Leveda rebranded itself in July 2015 with the name ‘Lighthouse Disability’ and has made a number of organisational changes that will enable it to forge ahead under these new conditions.
Over the past 24 years Leveda has grown, and we now provide accommodation support to over 80 people in a range of community houses in the north and north-east of Adelaide. We also assist over 55 people via respite services and community support packages.
Every person living with a disability is valued by the community and reaches their full potential.
To provide high quality services, offering choice, support and flexibility for people living with disabilities.
We value and uphold:
We demonstrate respect by actively listening to each other's ideas and are committed to client, family and staff engagement in our work.
We recognise the uniqueness of each person and aim to provide caring support at all times, empowering each person and their family to make appropriate decisions about their life.
We strive for excellence in all we do, challenging each other to think differently and looking beyond how things have always been done.
We are committed to a strong organisational knowledge base and to supporting staff to continue learning and developing.
We value innovation, will explore opportunities and are prepared to lead new ways of doing things.
We acknowledge the importance of balance in people's lives and make sure there is time for celebration, recognition and fun.
We will be fair and honest in all dealings with clients, families and staff, maintaining confidentiality, integrity and ethical behaviour.
We take accountability for our actions and for progress and towards the goals we have set.
- Australian Disability Enterprise
- Community access/Social participation
- Disability Employment Network
- Domestic services
- In-home personal care
- Skills development
- Social development
- High/low and complex support
- Administration Coordinator
- Assessment and case management
- Communications Coordinator
- Community Care Worker
- Disability Support Worker
- Early Childhood Educator
- Frontline Professional
- Frontline Support
- Fundraising Officer
- HR Manager
- Personal Care Assistant
- Program Facilitator
- Social Worker
- Training and Development Coordinator