New homes to provide choice and independence

For aging parents who care for a son or daughter with a disability, they can face uncertainty and anxiety regarding their loved one’s future when they can no longer care for them.

A new Crows Nest housing project by Churches of Christ in Queensland and the Queensland Government aims to alleviate some of this stress by providing appropriate accommodation to provide security, safety and independence for the parents and their son or daughter with a disability.

General Manger Churches of Christ Housing Services Frances Paterson-Fleider said she was elated to be able to offer accommodation to this specific group in the community who often get overlooked.

“We are proud to have worked in partnership with the Queensland Government to help people with a disability and their parents to secure appropriate housing,” Ms Paterson-Fleider said.

“It will provide elderly parents with a real sense of security and hope for the future because they will see suitable and stable accommodation provided for their loved one with a disability. As the population ages, we are going to see more families in this situation who need assistance.

“We are set to complete the development in the coming weeks, and are now accepting applications from eligible local families and individuals to move into the properties.”

The Thallon Street development contains two separate properties, a two-bedroom unit with adjoining studio apartment and a one-bedroom unit. Each has been designed to the highest level accessibility standards, meaning it is easier for people with a physical impairment to live independently, with a range of design features making them suitable for people who use a wheelchair. 

Located near shops, transport and other community facilities, the development is also close to other Churches of Christ Care services in town, including aged care service and retirement village, which, Ms Paterson-Fleider said, will be available to support the residents.

“Residents will have the option of accessing these services for daily support, including meals, laundry and cleaning.”

Managed by Churches of Christ Housing Services with an affordable rent model, where a maximum of 30 per cent of gross household income is spent on rent and capped at 74.9 per cent of market rent value. The Thallon Street property is available to parents aged 65 and over (or 50 if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) caring for a family member with a disability aged over 30. The single-bedroom unit will be available separately, and would suit an individual living with a disability in the community who requires an accessible home.

The development forms part of the Queensland Government’s Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Initiative.

For more information regarding the development phone 1800 406 566 and quote Thallon Street, or email housingservices@cofcqld.com.au.  

Posted July 20, 2018 in News