Help for aged peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

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.

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