WHEN A HOUSE BECOMES A HOME
There’s nothing like home.
That’s the feeling four adults with disabilities have after moving into a house on Araluen Street, Fisher, that provides a comfortable environment they can call their own.
‘Araluen’ has two fully modified bathrooms and the latest equipment designed to support people with acquired brain injury. Despite the technology and modifications the house is bright and comfortable and its four residents-David, Craig, Paul, and George-have settled in.
The project is a joint initiative of Canberra’s Hartley Lifecare and TAS Housing, with Hartley Lifecare providing care and support, and TAS Housing providing tenancy management.
David, who is 47 years old, has had a grin on his face since moving into Araluen, after having lived in a nursing home for several years waiting for somewhere to go.
Carol and Brian Kay, whose son Paul lives at Araluen, say they’re impressed with Hartley Lifecare’s staff and relieved Paul is in an environment that suits his needs. Paul’s disability came from a mosquito born virus and after three attacks, from three to 18 months, he could no longer talk or live on his own. At age 32 he has passed year 10 maths and science, which is a ‘real achievement’, says Carol, and now walks with a walking frame. “At Araluen there’s lots of room and he can get outside,” says Carol.
Araluen residents are supported by a team of seven full-time staff (rostered) who have undergone extensive training to equip them to support people with an acquired brain injury. One resident’s disability is from a road accident and another from a stroke.
“Residential support programs like Araluen are very much needed in the ACT,” says Jennifer Mollett, Executive Director, Hartley Lifecare. “There are more people requiring accommodation than there are available funds and houses.”
Katy Gallagher, Minister for Disability and Community Services, officially opened Araluen Friday 15 May. “It’s an excellent example of government and non-government working together to deliver a good service response,” she said.
Hartley Lifecare provides quality accommodation, respite, and community services to those who have physical and complex disabilities-24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It has been making a difference in the ACT for more than 44 years.