Home a wel­come respite

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties has opened a new respite home in Bayn­ton. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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