A world class refurbished shared supported disability accommodation, popularly known as ‘Wiles House’ has been officially opened in Maryborough.
Redesigned, built and managed by Community Housing Ltd (CHL), the innovative high quality development is designed to the Australian Standard for Accessibility and Platinum criteria for disabled access making it fully SDA compliant under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which is due to be rolled out in the next two years.
The newly redeveloped facility now includes three affordable and accessible independent disability units for those with high and complex support needs living in long-stay health care or aged care facilities.
This architecturally designed home is supporting people with a disability under the age of 65 years and includes a guest bedroom attached to each unit for overnight accommodation – providing 24/7 access to support.
CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington said their organisation had a long history of providing accommodation for people with disability with CHL’s first disability project dating back to 1994.
“The organisation has been providing innovative housing options for those with a disability for over 20 years. We have over 1,800 people living with a disability in our housing across Australia.
CHL are pleased to be a part of this unique project which will be a terrific resource for the community. Built to highest Australian standards, this development is a latest addition to our long list of diverse award winning specialised disability projects.”
Funded under the Queensland Governments Accommodation for People in Residential Aged Care Project the redevelopment project has received a contribution of $526,519 by Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services this project is a result of a collaborative partnership between CHL, the Queensland government and the Community Lifestyles Agency.
An additional amount of $58,000 has been contributed by CHL towards works to include special assistive technology in the house design for high support needs.
“Supported accommodation such as this contributes to the social fabric of the community and ensures individuals and their families have suitable housing facilities for the long-term.
We are motivated by the critical lack of suitable housing for people with high complex needs and are committed to providing world class accommodation options as there are a large number of people living with a disability in the region.
“CHL is very excited to present these significantly refurbished units for people with disability with high physical support needs who have been inappropriately housed in nursing homes or hospitals.
This is an option some members of the Maryborough and Wide Bay community have never had available to them before”, Steve said.
To help develop a sense of “community”, an attractive common area has been developed for the use and benefit of all residents and their families. This area includes spacious gardens and common grounds.
The innovative development includes the following accessible design features:
Fully wheelchair accessible
Accessible bathrooms, including laundry facilities
Ceiling mounted hoists to provide transfer from the bedroom to the bathroom
Wiring for provision of remotely operated intercom, door openers and electrically operated blinds
External ramps to a generously sized under cover porch
A second bedroom for each unit to provide overnight accommodation
Open plan living area with accessible kitchen
Common community space and manicured gardens
CHL will be responsible for the on-going property and tenancy management of this refurbished facility.
Below is the broadcast media coverage of the event on 7 News: