CONSTRUCTION has begun on a Girrawheen home for people with complex needs.
Disability services provider Nulsen Group held a sod turning on Tuesday for the specially designed building that will be home to five people who have complex disabilities and require a high level of care.
“Nulsen Group provides care and support to people with complex needs in a home-like environment and we are delighted this cooperative disability accommodation project has come to life,” chairwoman Evelyn Hogg said.
“This is a significant milestone for us with the home being the first specialist disability accommodation property the organisation has been involved in building.”
Ms Hogg said the property on Butterick Place was part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s investment and policy aimed at stimulating the development of quality accessible housing for people with extreme functional impairment.
The build was part of a joint project with a long-term supporter and family of Nulsen aimed at enabling an individual to live a semi-independent life with Nulsen providing support next door.
“The challenge has been to locate two suitably-sized adjoining properties in the northern suburbs that were available for sale, within budget, and also met disability access standards while being close to a range of community amenities,” Ms Hogg said.
“We were thrilled to find an existing home and a neighbouring vacant lot that are ideal for the new home but also close to shops, cafes, parks and community centres so the residents and their carers can access them.”
The home will have six bedrooms, including a carer’s sleeping zone, and two and a half bathrooms and will be constructed by Tricrest Construction and is expected to be completed by September.