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Practice Statement: Active Support

Active Support is designed to ensure people have the chance to be fully involved in their own lives, and receive the right range and level of support to be successful.

Providing Active Support bridges the gap between what people can and cannot do. It’s easier for people to control their lives and meet their day-to-day needs when they have the skills and knowledge to act independently.

With well-judged assistance, everyone can be involved in every activity that concerns them. Assisting people effectively and structuring activities so that the steps match their abilities are key parts of Active Support.

Practice Definition: Active Support

What would be observed in practice:

  • People are engaged in activities and support staff are seen to fill in the gaps to help ensure success
  • People are encouraged to be part of their local community and there is evidence of belonging, inclusion, interaction, participation and engagement
  • Relationships with friends and family are encouraged and supported
  • People are involved in discussions, tasks and activities
  • Opportunities are presented to gain experience and develop new skills
  • Support is evident in allowing people to make choices, increase their communication skills, increase empowerment and increase control over their lives
  • People are always afforded status and respect
  • Each person is treated as an individual and supported to achieve personal goals
  • Each person is supported to do whatever they’re able for themselves
  • There is an emphasis on people gaining increased independence
  • Support people are enablers, not caregivers
  • People are given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes
  • Support is not rushed, and people are not overwhelmed by interference and noise

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. An important reason for doing Active Support is to make sure people are engaged. What are the signs of disengagement? What are some other reasons that we should do Active Support?
  2. What happens when each staff does a task differently when helping someone learn to do a task? What can we do to make sure our support is consistent around key tasks?
  3. Complete the task analysis exercise for one task and one person in the house. As a team can you commit to trying this out and gradually supporting the person to do more and more of the task?

Activities

Community Services

Discussion Questions

  1. An important reason for doing Active Support is to make sure people are engaged. What are the signs of disengagement? What are some other reasons that we should do Active Support?
  2. What happens when each support person (staff and natural supports) does a task differently when helping someone learn to do a task? What can we do to make sure our support is consistent around key tasks?

Activities

    Click on the link to access the recourses below:

  1. Little and Often
  2. Graded Assistance

Hub and Support Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. More to come…

Activities

  1. More to come…

Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

  1. Explore the La Trobe webpage and the PDF. Consider the evidence for Active Support contributing to a higher Quality of Life for people in supported accommodation, why do you think this is?
  2. Watch the video and consider how a hands-on, leadership approach might support your staff to improve their Active Support?
  3. Share just one thing from Practice Leadership theory that you can start doing today to better support your staff

Activities

    Click on the links below to access the resources prescribed.

  1. Quality of Life in Supported Accommodation pdf
  2. Practice Leadership
  3. Practice Leadership

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