Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Disability iT Matters

People with disability move out of aged care

Liberal Statement

Five middle-aged people with disability, who previously had no other option but to live in an aged care facility, have moved into a new six-bedroom purpose-built home in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Four of the residents had long been living in a Kalgoorlie-Boulder nursing home and one had been in a nursing home in Perth. A sixth person will move in soon.

The house is a final project completed in the 2006-2011 State-Commonwealth Young People Residing in Aged Care (YPRAC) initiative to reduce the number of younger people with disability living in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care services.

Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the $1.4million project in Pira Avenue would provide an option for people with disability living in residential aged care who wanted to move to a home more suited to their stage of life.

“This new home has been designed for people with disability who are not yet seniors but have found themselves living in aged care because that was the best accommodation option available,” Mrs Morton said.

“Other success stories under the program include a house in Derby for a brother and sister, who moved into their own home in 2011, and another house expected to be completed in Broome by May this year.”

Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association (GIFSA) will manage the house in partnership with Nulsen Inc, joint winner (with Inclusion WA) of the Disability Services Commission’s 2012 Count Me In Award for Governance and Leadership for its work with GIFSA on this YPRAC project.

“While the YPRAC project has been completed, the Disability Services Commission will keep working with younger people with disability who live in aged care to find options to suit their needs,” the Minister said.

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