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22 December 2011
Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt, 89-year-old retired carer Mrs Sybil Kimmins, and Endeavour Foundation client Mr Peter Kimmins marked the beginning of site works for a $555,000 accommodation project in Cairns today.
Funding for the house comes from the joint state and commonwealth Disability Assistance Package (DAP), with fifty percent of places earmarked for people with a disability who live with an ageing parent carer.
“One of the biggest fears ageing parent carers have is what will happen to their children when they’re too old to care for them,” Mr Pitt said.
“That’s why we’re investing in more accommodation to support children with ageing parent carers.
“Parents need to have peace of mind that their children will get the care and support they need when they can no longer provide that care themselves,” he said.
Endeavour Foundation General Manager of Strategic Operations Shaun McDonagh said the modern four-bedroom house would incorporate accessible design principles and assistive technology to promote greater independence for people with a disability.
“The technology can be customized to suit the needs of any individual living there, with optional environmental sensors to detect gas, smoke, and fire; entry and exit sensors; help alarms and panic buttons,” Mr McDonagh said.
"With this technology we can continue tailoring a great environment that promotes safety and maximises independence for tenants, in response to their changing needs over time."
“The house also has key extras like a patio outside every bedroom, giving tenants access to their own private space. This simple inclusion makes the house more suitable for people with a disability, and provides an age-appropriate living arrangement for adult occupants,” he said.
The land purchase and house construction represent a $555,000 commitment from the joint state and commonwealth Disability Assistance Package (DAP), worth $18.3 million to Queensland over three years.
Mr McDonagh said the Department of Communities would determine who moves into the house next May, and recurrent support funding for tenants would be provided by the Queensland Government.
When complete, the house in the new Kingfisher Estate at Edmonton will be the third and final location where accommodation has been developed by Endeavour Foundation with DAP funding. Four more houses are nearing completion in Bundaberg and Gladstone.
“Endeavour Foundation brings 60 years of experience in supporting people with disabilities to this project, ensuring the new houses have a design that is both appealing and appropriate,” Mr McDonagh said.
“For ageing carers and their loved ones, finding suitable supported accommodation is a vital for a happy future. We want to make this life-changing opportunity available to as many people as possible,” he said.
In addition to the five DAP funded houses, Endeavour Foundation spent $8million building and maintaining accommodation and facilities in 2010-11. A similar amount is earmarked for building and maintenance in 2011-12.
Established in 1951, Endeavour Foundation provides accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities for more than 3,350 people with a disability at 230 locations, in Queensland and New South Wales.
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