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Major Redevelopment of Riverside Center in Orange, NSW

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-06-10 - The Riverside Center at Orange which provides accommodation for residents with intellectual disability is to be redeveloped. For further information pertaining to this article contact: aging, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW.

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The Riverside Center at Orange, which provides accommodation for 69 residents with an intellectual disability is to be redeveloped at a cost of $30 million.

The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said that the redevelopment, which would take three years to complete, would deliver tailored services that best meet the support needs of each resident and provide more choices for appropriate and flexible accommodation.

Mr Primrose said that the project was in line with Stronger Together, the Government's 10 year initiative to expand disability services throughout NSW.

"Under Stronger Together the government has committed to closing large residential centers such as Riverside and increasing the range of specialist accommodation services," Mr Primrose said.

"Riverside residents currently live in five residential units across the Bloomfield Hospital site and 85 per cent of them have been assessed as having high to very high support needs.

"Unfortunately, the institutional nature, age and design of the existing Riverside buildings restrict the services that can be offered to residents."

Mr Primrose said the current center would be replaced by:

a specialist supported living service cluster on-site for people with significant challenging behavior and, where present, mental health issues;

community based homes for people with additional health care needs, located close to the cluster; and

a number of homes across the Western Region for people not requiring specialist support.

"This mix of accommodation will be purpose built, contemporary home-like accommodation that will provide residents with increased independence and improved quality of life.

"They will also receive services that are more flexible and better able to cater to individual support needs."

Mr Primrose said that the Riverside Center would continue to operate in its current form until the new accommodation was ready for occupation.

"During that time, the support needs of each resident will be independently assessed and transition plans developed prior to their move to the new accommodation.

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