The level and type of personal support services and accommodation each SRS offers will vary. Some SRS have a range of facilities and services on site, while others offer fewer services. Accommodation may be provided in single rooms or may be shared.
All SRS provide some level of personal support to each resident, which may include:
- helping with personal hygiene/showering, toileting or dressing
- providing meals, and helping with eating and maintaining adequate nutrition
- administering medication or supervising self-administered medication
- achieving and maintaining mobility
- helping residents to contact doctors and other health providers, social networks, family and friends, and to participate in community activities and events.
Most SRS also provide a range of onsite activities; for example gentle exercise, arts and crafts, games and gardening.
An SRS may help residents attend government funded services or services may visit the SRS. These services may include allied health, mental health, disability services and neighbourhood houses.
SRS residents must meet the same eligibility criteria for government funded services as other people in the community. SRS residents are not eligible for Home and Community Care services (HACC), which are already provided by the SRS such as delivered meals, home care, home maintenance and personal care. SRS residents may be eligible for other HACC services such as home nursing, social support and allied health.
The SRS manager or personal support coordinator will know how to access these services or you can ask your local council or community health service.