Respite accommodation opens

Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO) recently opened a brand-new short-term accommodation facility located in Winmalee.

Short-term accommodation, including respite, provides support and accommodation for people with a disability in the form of short stays away from their usual home.

It also helps carers to have planned or unplanned breaks as well as providing a place where a person with a disability can learn to transition from their family home to a more independent life.

Cutting it: Kim Cowper (from Susan Templemans office), Cr Mick Fell, Trish Doyle MP and Denise Heath (NADO CEO) open the new short-term accommodation house.

Cutting it: Kim Cowper (from Susan Templemans office), Cr Mick Fell, Trish Doyle MP and Denise Heath (NADO CEO) open the new short-term accommodation house.

The modern five-bedroom fully accessible house in Winmalee features air-conditioning, multiple living areas, two fully accessible bathrooms, sprinkler system and additional relaxing outdoor spaces to unwind.

The property focuses on making the stay of each guest enjoyable, healthy and safe in a 24/7 supported environment that takes into account the person's needs as well as their usual routines of work, training and programs.

NDIS participants have the opportunity to stay for a day, overnight, a weekend, a holiday or longer, according to their support plans.

NADO CEO, Denise Heath, said: "This is a beautifully appointed property that enables us to provide a service that will help many families in our local region."

This is a beautifully appointed property that enables us to provide a service that will help many families in our local region

NADO CEO, Denise Heath

"We have had major contributions from our Friends of NADO donation program as well as proceeds from our annual Friends of NADO Golf Charity Day helping us to bring this high quality service to the community."

State MP Trish Doyle said: "It was a real pleasure to visit NADO's new accommodation in Winmalee and to be a part of the opening celebrations."

"This home provides a modern, accessible, relaxing and welcoming space for NADO's clients and their carers. It also provides an avenue for a transition to greater independence for those living with a disability. I know this can be an incredibly significant step for many local families and I imagine the opportunities this new accommodation provides will be very welcomed."

"It is heartening to see the support and collaboration that has gone into acquiring NADO's new facility. This accommodation symbolises so much more than a roof over the heads of those who stay there - independent living is a particularly empowering prospect for people with a disability and this new home is an integral part of that process."

Excitement at the opening.

Excitement at the opening.