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New Adult Respite Service Opens in Loftus, NSW

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-10-07 - A new adult respite service for families and carers of people with a disability will be opened at Loftus today. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care.

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A new adult respite service for families and carers of people with a disability will be opened at Loftus today.

The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said the respite center would provide short-term breaks for families and carers. "Caring for someone with a disability can be very demanding and it's important that carers are provided with respite to ensure that they can continue in their role," Mr Primrose said. "This respite service will also provide an opportunity for people with a disability to engage in positive out-of-home activities with their peers."

The service will be operated by the Sylvanvale Foundation and funded by the Keneally Government through a $1.4 million capital grant and recurrent funding of more than $894,000.

Mr Primrose said that NSW Government had funded more than 300 new respite places, an additional 267 therapy places and 70 extra supported accommodation places since 2006 in the South East Sydney region alone. "These extra places were made available through funding provided under Stronger Together, the NSW Government's 10-year plan to expand disability services.

"The services provided under Stronger Together, such as respite care, strengthen families of people with a disability, promote community inclusion and improve the capacity and accountability of disability services."

Mr Primrose said that providing services that promoted the inclusion of people with a disability in community life was a major focus of the NSW Government. "As Minister for Disability Services I am proud to say that Stronger Together is making a real difference for people with a disability, their families and carers."

Sylvanvale also receives recurrent funding of $20.3 million for other services, including:

Early childhood intervention;

Group homes accommodation support;

Drop-in and in-home accommodation support;

Learning and life skills development which includes day program, community participation and life skills development programs; and

Flexible and center based respite

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