A sun-filled, spacious apartment with a generous balcony overlooking a park is the dream of many Sydneysiders.
The realisation of that dream is especially for new residents, who moved into their new apartment eight months ago at the Crowle Estate residential development in Ryde.
A research project Crowle Estate: Beyond the Group Home, conducted by the University of Technology, Sydney, will test whether units equipped with innovative technology and built within apartment complexes represent a better solution for people with disability than group home accommodation.
The apartments have spacious rooms, and a hall and doorways wide enough to manouevre a wheelchair. Kitchen benches and light switches are also positioned to ensure ease of use.
The apartments, each worth about $900,000, were funded by the sale of the 4.5-hectare Crowle Home site for $32 million to a property developer.
Each apartment will be equipped with technology tailored to the needs of each resident.
This included seizure mats on beds that report to a support centre, sensors that recognise movements and can identify changed routines and emergencies and apps that allow residents to easily control the temperature and light of their home.
For some residents , who needs assistance with personal care, showering and dressing, the large bathroom allows two carers to assist at the same time.
The Crowle Estate model was designed to encourage social inclusion by giving people with intellectual disability the opportunity to live in the same residential estate as non-disabled peers, said Patricia O'Brien, a board director of Achieve Australia and professor of disability studies at the University of Sydney.
"Spreading a number of such apartments across a commercial development ensures that people with disability can take their place in mainstream society as equal citizens with the same level of choice of where they wish to live."
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