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Mar 25, 2024

Finding the right home to live independently

Housing News

Meet Sue

Sue has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility, and was previously living in a Northcott group home. While she was happy where she was, she knew there was room for her to grow her skills and independence. Both Sue and her support team were on the lookout for the right property to help support her goal of living more independently.

New build home in Bradbury

Learning to live independently and making friends

Sue moved into the Bradbury villa in late 2023, saying “I moved into the house to become more independent”. Sue continued, “while I have support staff with me 24/7, the modifications in the house like lower shelves for wheelchair accessibility means that I can cook on my own and wash my clothes”. Sue also has opportunities for gardening and planning the landscaping design, thanks to the level access backyard.

Sue lives with one housemate called Leanne, and they have developed a good friendship since moving in together.

Northcott service coordinator Jess, who has worked with Sue for more than two years, says, “Since Sue moved into the new Bradbury home, I have seen her independence, productiveness and self-confidence greatly increase.”

Jess continued, “A good example of this is when Sue made a cup of coffee completely on her own, which was something that she couldn’t do in the last place she lived. I am really proud of her and it’s fantastic to see her grow in this way”.

Sue’s future goals

Sue’s next goal is to increase her independence in the community. “There is a bus stop right outside and we are looking at what it would look like for Sue to access public transport independently so she can go to the shops on her own,” said Jess.

“Sue has been with us every step of the way, even lending a hand to help us break ground on the construction site before we started building! Witnessing her flourish in her new space – a space that’s fit for purpose, dignified, and tailored to suit her needs – embodies the essence of our endeavour, and we’re deeply grateful for the trust and confidence she’s placed in us”, said Antony.

Housing and supported independent living

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