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New home improves lives for people with disability

7 February 2014



Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today visited Miranda to inspect building progress on the first of four new purpose-built homes which will provide 24-hour care for adults with intellectual and sensory disability.

"Building has started which is great news for the new residents and shows the NSW Government is getting on with the job of improving facilities for people living with disability," Minister Ajaka said.

"We have allocated $3.6 million to build the four new purpose built homes: one each at Miranda and Westmead, and two at Blacktown.

"All four homes will be managed by the Forsight Foundation once they are completed by the end of June this year.

"The project is part of a $160.4 million investment to build 64 new homes by 2015 for people who currently live in large residential centres at Rydalmere and Westmead operated by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC).

"This government is all about improving the quality of these people’s lives and providing them with accommodation that feels like home.

"The property at Miranda represents the changing face of accommodation services for people with disability in a more inclusive and supportive community," he said.

The five bedroom home will offer 24-hour care in a community-based setting for people who have lived in a large institutional environment for most of their lives, ensuring they have a better quality of life with ongoing care and support.

"I am proud to be here to inspect building on the first of 64 new homes which will replace the Westmead and Rydalmere centres," Minister Ajaka said.

"In just a few months, the house which is being built here today will be inhabited by five people living with disability supported by a carefully managed and individually designed transition planning process.

"This process has seen occupational therapists, speech pathologists and other professionals familiar with the unique needs of each resident develop individually tailored plans to prepare residents for the impending change to their living arrangements.

"Four of the families specifically wanted their relatives to live in The Shire and I am pleased to announce the NSW Government has delivered," he said.

To find out more about the properties being built and in planning as part of the Ready Together program visit www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/individuals/support/somewhere_to_live.

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