There are many important aspects of safety and well – being to consider in a shared accommodation setting, taking into account the unique needs that may be applicable to cotenants with a disability.

As an overall guiding principle, the de facto landlord and support service provider, Hearth, is not the guardian of the tenants, meaning Hearth has no direct responsibility for the behaviours or choices made by the tenants, who are treated as adults under the law.

However, Hearth has a responsibility and duty of care to provide a safe living environment, with security, fire protection, house rules and other safety aspects to be in place.

A benefit from the Hearth Service model is that Support Workers make daily visits to the house. This will enable fast and easy contact to the parents/ guardians to highlight any areas of concern, including for example, if the participant is not vacant at the property for a reason that is not known by the parent or guardian, or if there are any health concerns.