Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Minister opens $1.6 million purpose-built home for younger people with a disability

16 May 2012

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has today opened Lake Haven, Northcott Disability Services' first-of-its kind home in the Riverina region for younger people at risk of entering aged residential care.

Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire said, "I am pleased that Minister Constance is here today and am grateful for his leadership in supporting innovative models of care for younger people with a disability."

The home was constructed in collaboration with YPIRAC (Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care1) through capital investment from the NSW Government at a cost of more than $1.6 million and set up costs of over $45,000.

Mr Maguire is proud to have such a facility in the area, "Lake Haven is a purpose built, fully equipped and accessible home which will provide residents who previously lived in an aged care facility with a better quality of life, enabling them to live closer to their families and gain better access to the community."

"I am moved by the personal stories of people with disabilities in their thirties and forties living in nursing homes. Many residents are parents themselves, they have the same hopes and dreams as you and me. Lake Haven enables them to live their lives the way wish."

Today's opening of the Wagga Wagga home is further proof the NSW Government remains committed to meeting the individual accommodation and support needs of younger people with a disability. To date, a total of 122 younger people have been diverted from entering residential aged care in NSW.

Minister Constance said, "In addition, around 100 younger people have moved out of residential aged care or are in the process of transitioning into more suitable accommodation."

"We will continue to work with the Australian Government and younger people in the YPIRAC target group, their families and carers, to ensure a reduction in the number of younger people living in residential aged care facilities," Mr Constance said

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