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Accessible units up for rent in western Sydney

Accessible units up for rent in western Sydney
Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-05-16 22:51:55

Sheffield Quarter in Penrith has 10 new fully accessible apartments.

Young people with disabilities are being offered the chance to live alone in a new home, rather than in an aged care facility or group home.

As unit blocks continue to dot Penrith’s rising skyline, one development has rolled out fully accessible apartments for rent.

Sheffield Quarter, in the Thornton estate, has 10 in one of its buildings, each
fitted with smart technology, adjustable kitchens and connection to on-site support.



While the concept is taking off in Sydney, this is said to be the first of its kind in the western suburbs.

Developer Urban Property Group owns the units as part of its build-to-rent model. These are being managed by Access Accom, a housing provider working with
Summer Foundation to find the right tenants.

Alecia Rathbone,
Summer Foundation’s general manager of housing matching, said these were a specialised housing type for those funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and who have “very high physical support needs”.

The units have wide doorways, adjustable kitchen heights, hand rails and smart technology.

“The idea is to get them to live as much of an ordinary life as possible,” Ms Rathbone told the Penrith Press.

“Often, people are in motorised wheelchairs so they need large, open spaces to move around doorways while others might have limited ability in their limbs — they can use voice activation or an iPad to operate blinds and open and close doors,” she said.

An additional unit in the building will be used as a hub for support workers, so the renters have instance access to help should they need it.

The aim is for young people with disabilities to enjoy an “ordinary” life.

Each of these apartments cost $120,000 more than a standard unit to build due to the high tech features incorporated in the design, according to Urban Property Group’s managing director Patrick Elias.

He said once he heard about the NDIS concept of specialist disability accommodation, it became a priority for the project in Lord Sheffield Cct.


“If these people, who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have high needs, are unable to be cared for at home the only other facilities set up for them is nursing homes and group homes … we are proud and fortunate to be able to put this in our development,” Mr Elias said.

In a bid to create an inclusive community, other local renters will also live in this complex, which has a concierge service, accessible rooftop and gardens, and free weekly yoga classes.