On Tuesday 24th April, Wesley Mission Victoria officially opened its second purpose-built residential facility for people with an acquired brain injury and other neurological disorders who have lived in or are at risk of living in residential aged care.
Wesleyâ€™s CEO, Mr Rob Evers, and Mrs Andrea Coote, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services, opened the facility in Cranbourne this morning. Also in attendance was Councillor Amanda Stapledon, representing the Mayor of Casey and other members of the local council.
The house was built under the â€˜my future my choiceâ€™ joint State and Federal Government initiative which aims to reduce the number of younger people with a disability living in residential aged care facilities.
This new centre provides residents with the opportunity to remain connected to the community while developing their independent living skills in a secure and supported environment, as much like being at home as possible.
Wesley CEO, Rob Evers explains what makes the â€˜my future my choiceâ€™ home in Cranbourne so unique.
â€œFor a person with a disability, living in residential aged care can be a socially isolating experience but within the â€˜my future my choiceâ€™ home, residents have the opportunity to socialise, stay connected to their families, and develop life skills,â€ he said.
â€œWesley is proud to open this facility, which will provide new opportunities for the residents,â€ he said.
Residents of the facility participate in the running of the household, prepare their own meals and develop their own daily routines including linking into community programs and services, in a supported, home-like environment.
Mrs Andrea Coote, MLC, said “The my future my choice joint initiative between the Victorian Coalition Government and the Commonwealth is an important step in reducing the number of younger people with disabilities living in Residential Aged Care services.”
“I commend Wesley Mission Victoria for its collaborative and understanding approach to making residents feel safe and in turn, to create a sense of â€˜homeâ€™. Residents can enjoy their own space and entertain family and friends in a home that has been tailored to their individual needs and style,â€ she said.
For Valerie*, this new home has changed her life, for the better, after she was forced to live in residential aged care for almost six years.
â€œLiving here is like a dream come true. Iâ€™ve got freedom now,â€ she smiles. â€œI can come and go as I please, cook my own dinner and see my friends. And I can paint again.â€
This is the second house opened by Wesley and the Department of Human Services as part of the â€˜my future my choiceâ€™ initiative.
* Name has been changed to protect privacy.