Helping people to live independently
- 29 March 2021 8:51AM
Thanks to the construction of a new social housing unit complex in Rockhampton, people with higher mobility needs are able to access affordable accommodation and live independently.
The 2-storey complex, which has become home for 10 new tenants, is serviced by a lift. Nine apartments meet Livable Housing Design Guidelines Gold Level and contain features such as wider hallways, level thresholds and provision for grab rails. One apartment is built to Livable Housing Design Guidelines Platinum Level and contains additional features such as extra clearance for people who rely on a wheelchair.
Wendy*, who recently moved into a Platinum Level 1-bedroom unit, suffered a stroke three years ago that has affected her mobility on her left side.
“I can live independently here because I have a walk-in shower and support through the NDIS seven days a week,” Wendy said.
“I am also living around the corner from my physiotherapist.”
Michelle from the Rockhampton Housing Service Centre said Wendy was facing homelessness when she was referred to them.
“Her living arrangement wasn’t suitable for her and the new complex became available at the right time,” Michelle said.
Wendy is enjoying life in her spacious new unit.
“I love to sit on the veranda in the afternoon and have a cup of tea. There’s always a nice breeze blowing in,” Wendy said.
“Everything is good here. It’s perfect for me.”
*Name changed to protect privacy