Home a welcome respite
A new respite home in Karratha will provide disability support workers and families travelling to Karratha for support services with a modern and relaxing home away from home.
The home in Baynton was purchased by Empowering People in Communities three months ago in a poor state, and has been completely renovated.
EPIC chief executive Stephanie Soter said the facility was open to families needing a break as they cared for someone with a disability.
“There’s a lot of demand for people to get support so we do lots of day activities here like cooking, photography, arts and craft and whatever people are interested in, so we can do those activities here,” she said.
“We’ve had families stay here in our first weekend open and they thought it was great, it has a lovely respite feel.
“We are really pleased with the location, everybody can feel like this is their home.”
Mrs Soter said funding from the Disability Services Commission ensured the house would be a respite home permanently. “There is a small fee to use it but we’re keeping it really low so lots of people can access it,” she said.
The home is filled with disability-friendly features including ramps, lowered counter tops, wide access ways, modified light fittings and support brackets in the bathrooms.
Disability Services Commission sector engagement and development executive director Marion Hailes-MacDonald said the development of this and a $2.8 million facility in Port Hedland was a response to demand for the service.
“Respite services provide people with disability with the opportunity to take a break from their usual routines and activities, and spend time in a different environment,” she said.
“For families and carers, it gives them a chance to take a break from their caring responsibilities and re-energise. It should be a positive experience for both parties.”
Further works will include the construction of a deck to improve access in the backyard and landscaping the garden to reduce maintenance.