Help for aged people with disabilities
A FEDERAL grant announced last week is going to give aged care for people with disabilities a major boost at Quambie Park in the Waroona Housing Options Village.
Nearly $1.7 million was announced for the expansion of Quambie Park through the Building Better Regions Fund, providing for half the project’s expected cost with the remaining funding to come from Royalties for Regions.
The Housing Options Village will include the construction of nine independent living units for those with disabilities as well as a social space for the residents.
Quambie Park operations manager Janet Fiorenza said the social space would be like a clubhouse, including a gym and meeting rooms, for the independent living unit residents.
“It’s for those people to have a social space, to have somewhere to go,” she said.
Ms Fiorenza said more people wanted to stay independent for longer and the new units would provide that option for those with disabilities.
“People are trying to stay in their homes longer and not go into nursing homes,” she said.
Quambie Park has 45 residents in its residential facility, 38 independent living units and provides athome care for 33 people in Waroona and outlying areas.
“It will be on top of what we provide now,” Ms Fiorenza said.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said Quambie Park was a worthy recipient of the grant, enabling people to remain in their communities with the support they needed.
“This will enable more elderly people to live in their own homes, with access to the support they need, in a place connected to their community,” he said.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and Quambie Park chairman Michael Walmsley are looking forward to the expansion of Quambie Park, partially funded by Building Better Regions Fund.