MS Queensland has an exciting yet ambitious goal to build and provide 120 new units of accommodation to give people living with MS better access to age appropriate housing solutions.
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proposed housing developments
WHY MORE HOUSING?
According to a recent national survey, nine out of 10 people living with MS currently live at home and want to remain there as long as it is possible and practical. But sadly, finding age-appropriate high care housing solutions is extremely difficult and many people have little choice but to move into aged-care accommodation as a last resort. Right now in Queensland there are more than 300 people living with MS or similar progressive neurological diseases under the age of 65 who live permanently in residential aged-care – this is just not good enough.
MS Queensland has a bold new vision to change this situation. We believe that everyone deserves the right to live with dignity, with choice and control over their lives, and the opportunity to participate fully in the community. With our 40 years of providing high quality residential care and support for people living with MS, and evidence from latest research, we know people living in high care housing want to live in smaller community-based surroundings; they also want easy access to all the things most of us take for granted – like going to the shops, the cinema, local restaurants, the post office and being near accessible public transport.
Our plan is to build high quality housing for up to 18 people in any one setting, in separate locations right across Queensland. Each housing complex will use our very latest, fully accessible “Livewell with MS” design offering privacy and safety for each individual, with opportunities by choice to interact with other residents in the onsite gym, dining room or common areas.
The high demand for specialist, high care supported housing has created a disability housing crisis. What does this mean for Queensland?
- Too many children are carers.
- Too many families are struggling to access appropriate care.
- Too many people with disabilities are being forced to live in group or aged care.
- Too many Queenslanders are living with no say about how they live and no hope for the future
MS Queensland has committed to raise awareness and funds to build 120 new high need independent living apartments across 10 locations in Queensland – Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and two locations in Brisbane.
Will you join us to help restore dignity and independence to the people who need it most? Join Project Dignity 120.
We are currently working on developments in Brisbane in Lutwyche, Albany Creek and Springfield. More information on these projects will be released as they come to hand. For more information on our housing strategy please contact our Director of Services, Karen Quaile, on 07 3840 0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org