MS Queensland and Accessible Homes Australia (AHA) have partnered to help conquer the Gold Coast’s Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) shortage, with new apartments beginning construction in East Palm Beach.
The Gold Coast is currently experiencing a shortfall of 327 SDA homes, according to a report by Summer Foundation and Social Ventures Australia.
As part of the solution, MS Queensland, with AHA, who specialises in investing and providing SDA apartments for NDIS participants, have united in a project that will see seven apartments built for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), other neurological conditions and high support needs.
The project launch event was held on 29 July, with MS Queensland invited to provide Supported Independent Living (SIL) services to residents when the project is completed in July 2021.
MS Queensland Executive General Manager of Services Karen Quaile said the East Palm Beach apartments, which mark the organisation’s seventh accommodation project, was a vital step towards maximising the independence and quality of life for residents.
“We are honoured to have been chosen by AHA to provide SIL services, including 24-hour care, to allow residents to enjoy an independent and comfortable living environment,” Ms Quaile said.
“MS Queensland and AHA share the vision of providing high-quality independent living apartments for people living with MS, other neurological conditions and high support needs, so they can enjoy a better quality of life, greater social interaction and freedom of choice.”
AHA Founder and CEO Perry Cross AM has firsthand experience with SDA design, living as an NDIS participant himself. Based on his personal experience, Perry is passionate about helping others with high supported living needs to live independently.
The former rugby union player became a C2 ventilated quadriplegic as a result of a tackling injury over 25 years ago.
“After my accident, living independently in my own home didn’t seem like an option. There weren’t many choices for young people who were living with high support needs, apart from aged care accommodation,” Mr Cross said.
“There were so few SDA-approved homes that finding one proved all-but impossible. Instead, we started our own organisation, Accessible Homes Australia to make the process from an NDIS enquiry to residents moving into SDA-approved homes seamless.”
AHA purchases and designs specialist homes, while helping suitable participants decide where they would like to live using their SDA entitlement. The company chose MS Queensland because of the specialised, high-quality, bespoke, 24-hour care provided by the organisation.
Located in the heart of East Palm Beach, the Platinum Standards apartments offer seven beachfront two-bedroom homes that are purpose-built. The apartments are wheelchair-accessible, offer a customised kitchen, laundry, bathroom and bedroom, and are compatible with advanced home automation and communication technologies that allow residents to contact support workers when they need assistance.
To submit an expression of interest, contact our NeuroAssist team on 1800 941 201 or visit Palm Beach Apartments to find out more about living your best life with independent living.