Independence and inclusion start at home. Melba’s Community Living service has been supporting people to live in purpose-built homes for more than 20 years.
We give you choice and control over your home life, and your living arrangements. We can assist you to build your independence, learn the skills and grow your confidence to live more independently in your community.
Melba works with people who have complex support needs, acquired brain injuries and a range of mental health issues. Commencing construction in 2018, Melba will build 15 one and two-bedroom units in Lilydale for people to live in, with shared support through the use of the latest assistive technology.
Melba is committed to supporting people in all aspects of life, and we know that a good life starts at home.
Getting to know you is important in order for us to support you in the way that you want and need. Our unique and innovative Communications and Planning services will help identify the supports you need to achieve your goals and give you choice and control over your home life.
Catherine recently moved out of her family home, and with the support of Melba staff she’s enjoying living independently in a place of her own.
According to Catherine, the best things about living in her own home are “Having some time and space to myself, and being able to go out when I want to. I’m learning how to look after my own money, and I like having greater choice about my staff and who comes into my home.”
Although Catherine was very excited to move into her own place, it’s taken some getting used to. “The best thing about living at home was that I didn’t have to do all of the housework that I have to do now!’”
Living independently in the community has also meant that Catherine can get another job. She now volunteers two days per week, sharing her time between two different not-for-profit organisations. She’s also working towards finding paid employment.
So what’s Catherine’s next challenge? “I have just started learning how to cook my own dinners. Last week I made veggie burgers for dinner and they were yum!”
Melba Support Services acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.