Future development and increased usage has prompted an invitation to the community to learn more about and participate in the growth of Gorman House.RACHEAL WILLETT June 25, 2014 11:40am
PALS (Providing All Living Supports) CEO Gary Foley said recent months had seen Gorman House, which provides a range of accommodation options for people with disabilities, reach full capacity on weekends and accommodate residents almost every day of the week.
“We have had instances where we have been booked out completely and for the rest of the time we are at 50 to 60% capacity most days of the week,” Mr Foley said.
“It is fantastic to see Gorman House, as a state of the art respite facility, being highly utilised and the demand is expected to continue.”
Mr Foley said Gorman House offered a range of planned and emergency respite services and offered flexible arrangements to suit the needs of residents and their families.
“Gorman House is utilised for a variety of services, apart from respite it is regularly used for group activities, meetings, functions or celebrations,” he said.
“Of late we have noticed an increased level of interest in the services provided and, as a result, we will be looking to fill some staff vacancies in coming weeks.
“We’re also extending into a flexible respite service whereby people may find themselves in an urgent situation, a meeting, appointment or event, and they need one or two hours of respite for their loved one.
“They can call and, assuming we have vacancies, we can provide a few hours, or up to a day of respite, as needed.”
Mr Foley said the flexibility of services offered by Gorman House meant there was a care scenario or option that would likely suit all client and family needs.
“We can provide information, connect people with other organisations and services, we have respite care at Gorman House and we can also discuss options for in-house respite care,” he said.”
“We’d really like to hear from people about what they need and how we can help and we’d like to encourage anyone with questions to just call and have a chat.”
In the spirit of community input, PALS are gathering ideas for further development of Gorman House to a neighbouring block of land.
“We’d like to get an idea of what type of accommodation options people would like to have access to so we can develop a housing model that would suit those needs,” Mr Foley said.
PALS invite carers, people with a disability or those who require residential support to participate in an online survey about the need for supported accommodation within Moira Shire.
The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DJ3CTNW or contact the PALS office directly on 03 5862 2641 or Gorman House on 03 5743 2293.
For more information on Gorman House and other PALS services go to the website www.palsinc.org.auu or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Providing-All-Living-Supports-PALS-Inc/162435531702
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