Life-changing accommodation opens

Six Brisbane residents with high care needs will have a new, state-of-the-art home thanks to a partnership with Community Housing (Qld) Ltd, Youngcare and the Queensland Department of Public Works and Housing.

The housing development will add to the much-needed stock of specialised disability accommodation (SDA) in a state which has an estimated shortfall of nearly 70 per cent of demand.

The high quality, purpose built, and architecturally designed development will provide a mix of shared and self-contained accommodation for people aged between 18-65 years with high physical-care needs with three townhouses and a share house for three people along with overnight accommodation for a care provider.

Community Housing (Qld) Ltd is the owner and ongoing tenancy and property manager of the new residence with Youngcare overseeing the quality of care of the new residents.

One of the residents will be 34-year-old Lathom, whose parents Margaret and Stephen have been caring for at their family home since he was born with severe Spina Bifida.

‘As Lathom’s primary carer, I’ve been responsible for his round-the-clock care needs while my husband Stephen acts as the sole income earner for our family. As my body has worn out, we knew we had to do something to prevent Lathom from ending up in a facility like aged care, which is no life for a young person,’ Margaret says.

‘Moving into Youngcare and Community Housing’s new residence at Wooloowin will allow Lathom access to more choice and exposure to young people and experiences, in an environment that will nurture the independent life we’ve always wanted for him.’