RESPITE HAVEN: Southern Star Respite House in Chestnut Street, Elanora has opened its doors
RESPITE HAVEN: Southern Star Respite House in Chestnut Street, Elanora has opened its doors

Respite centre opens



CARERS can take muchneeded time out from their tireless work helping Southern Gold Coast people with a disability thanks to a new Elanora respite centre.

Burleigh MP Christine Smith said Southern Star Respite House, that opened its doors last week, would help meet the high demand in an area with limited facilities.

Located in Chestnut Street, the centre can take up to seven people at once including those with high support needs.

Ms Smith said the service had been established thanks to a Disability Services Queensland grant of $553,000 as well as the Queensland Government purchasing the building for $490,000.

"The difference with this respite centre is it's very flexible - it can take people in for two days, for a weekend or a week," Ms Smith said.

"It also caters to those with high care needs because many people with high care needs can't get respite care."

The respite centre's target group includes people with an acquired brain injury, challenging behaviour associated with their disability, dual diagnosis, high medical and physical support needs, intellectual disability and psychiatric disability.

It is designed to assist people aged from five to 65 years and whose long term family support would be at risk without access to respite and family support services.

"It's not sterile - it's a beautiful facility with an outdoor area," Ms Smith said.

"Historically the availability of such services has been quite limited in the southern part of the region," she said.



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