28 Aug A place of my own
How important is having a place of your own? What does it mean to you to be able to choose where, and with whom you live?
We sat down with Penny Kendall – General Manager Community Living – to find out more about the work her team does, and what this means to the people who purchase Melba’s services.
What does housing mean for someone with a disability?
‘A home empowers people to have a life of their choosing, where they can make choices that affect them and have control over their life.
Imagine being in your 40’s with a disability and finding yourself living in an aged care home, surrounded by people who are at the end of their lives. Imagine you are in the prime of your life, but you have nowhere else to go because of the specialised supports you need.
Having a safe, secure and accessible home can change someone’s life dramatically, and it’s a fundamental component of living an everyday life.’
What does your team do?
‘Melba’s Community Living team is a Supported Independent Living (SIL) provider, we arrange all of the supports needed for people to enjoy an everyday life. This includes supporting people to access the community, provide personal care, supports to maintain and explore friendships and relationships, housework, cooking and all of the things that make up an everyday life.’
What is the current situation for people with disabilities who are seeking a home of their own?
‘Really, it’s a very dire situation, there’s an undersupply of appropriate housing for people in our community. This is particularly difficult for people with physical disabilities – there is very little accessible and appropriate housing in existence that meets people’s needs.
The good news is that we are working with several developers who have the vision and commitment to ensure there is more accessible housing to meet people’s needs.
Melba will play an integral role as the preferred provider of supported independent living, ensuring people are empowered to live a life which promotes choice, control and independence.’