North Lakes Local Enjoys Birthday in New Specialist Disability Accommodation

Luke used to stay at an aged care facility following a life-changing diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease. This North Lakes local turned 40 recently and for the first time in seven years, was able to celebrate his birthday in his own home, under the Specialist Disability Accommodation program.

Luke has been living with Huntington’s disease for a decade, which has taken his abilities to walk, speak and live independently. However, for the first time since moving in and out of care facilities, he was able to enjoy a different kind of birthday party in his new and more appropriate Youngcare North Lakes apartment with his family.

According to his Aunt Kaye, Luke didn’t like living in aged care, despite receiving medical attention and support.

“He wouldn’t engage in any of the activities whatsoever. He wouldn’t even go out into the dining room. The poor kid just lived in his room,” Kaye said. 

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The family has been trying to find Luke a more appropriate accommodation when Youngcare’s SDA program rolled out in North Lakes with the construction of the housing accommodation in 2020. The new site can take in 14 young people who may be stuck in a living arrangement that cannot fully support their physical, mental and social needs. 

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In early 2021, Luke became one of the first residents to move in when the facilities opened. According to Youngcare CEO Anthony Ryan, about 130 residences are still set for launch within the next three years in Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

“While tens of thousands of young people are eligible for SDA funding, there is still a phenomenal gap in supply of appropriate accommodation,” Mr Ryan said. “We’re working hard to redefine the concept of integrated living and provide a voice that empowers change in the wider disability sector, and ensures the 12,000 young Australians with high care needs — 2,500 of whom are Queenslanders — feel at home and free to participate in their community.” 

To learn more about Youngcare’s SDA, visit their official site or enquire via Youngcare Connect on 1800 844 727.

Development Starts on North Lakes MIxed-use Housing for Young People with High Physical-Care Needs

Work on a mixed-use housing development in North Lakes, intended for young people with high physical-care needs, has officially commenced with the sod-turning ceremony held on 27 March 2019.

Non-for-profit organisation Youngcare, in partnership with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, is set to deliver North Lake’s first integrated housing development by 2020.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane will fund the design and construction as well as purchase the land which will then be leased to Youngcare.

Youngcare CEO Anthony Ryan said that the development is an essential step forward “in putting an end to young people with a disability being left behind in inappropriate and unacceptable accommodation due to a lack of suitable housing options.”

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The development follows Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher’s recent announcement of a national action plan aimed at reducing the number of young people with a disability in aged care.

“There are currently around 2,500 young Queenslanders with high care needs living in inappropriate accommodation like aged care, hospital rooms and institutionalised housing, with more than 200 living in the Moreton Bay Region,” Mr Ryan said.

“By working with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane to build an integrated development at North Lakes, we can make a real difference in the lives of young people in our community who deserve to live where and how they want,” Mr Ryan said.

The complex will feature seven two-bedroom accessible apartments with onsite and around-the-clock care to cater to the individual needs of its residents. At the ground floor will feature a café, rehabilitation therapy tenancies, and retail outlets.

“The mix of uses is designed to engage the external community, create vibrancy and ensure that young people with high care needs are fully integrated in a true community, avoiding isolation and segregation,” the Youngcare’s website said.