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North Ryde Accommodation for People with Disability

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-02-21 - New accommodation for people with an intellectual disability and complex behavior needs in North Ryde. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Department of aging, Disability and Home Care.

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$14 million accommodation for people with a disability opened at North Ryde...

New accommodation for people with an intellectual disability and complex behavior needs was officially opened at North Ryde today.

Norton Road Specialist Supported Living, built by the NSW Government at a cost of $14 million, follows the closure of the nearby Lachlan Center late last year.

The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, who officially opened the new state-wide specialist service, said it offered 50 accommodation places to people living across NSW.

"Norton Road Specialist Supported Living is a showpiece of what can be achieved in the provision of specialist accommodation for people with a disability," Mr Primrose said.

"Each of the 10 homes offers quiet areas where people can relax or entertain their visitors and, to ensure privacy, each person has their own bedroom.

"They feature pleasant outdoor areas including gardens and BBQ facilities and are a very big improvement on where the residents previously lived."

Mr Primrose said that the new accommodation was built because accommodation at the Lachlan Center was no longer suitable for the residents.

"The new homes provide residents with the opportunity for increased independence, more participation within the local community and a true sense of belonging."

Residents, their families and staff were involved in the design of the homes, their fit out and furnishing to ensure that the new accommodation best met the needs of the residents and staff.

They chose the furniture for the homes and picked the colors and curtains for the common areas in the houses.

Mr Primrose said that the replacement of Large Residential Centers with contemporary accommodation targeted to individual need represented real progress in improving the quality of life for many people with a disability and their families.

The Lachlan Center closure follows the government's decision to close all Large Residential Centers by 2018 and replace them with modern accommodation that better suits the needs of residents.

Last week, Casuarina Grove, the State's first specialist aged care service for people with an intellectual disability was opened at Hamlyn Terrace as part of the replacement of the Peat Island Center which closed last year. Four, five-bed community based homes at nearby Wadalba opened last September as part of the Peat Island closure.

In 2009, the Grosvenor Center in Sydney's inner-west was closed and replaced by the Summer Hill Group Homes and Respite Units on adjacent land.



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