Image: CEO, Drew Beswick, resident, Jennifer Garcia and Minister Petrusma view the Lodge’s backyard.
Human Services Minister, the Honourable Jacquie Petrusma, officially opened Woodland Grove Lodge on 29 August, 2017.
One wing of the building offers respite-style short term accommodation, with stays averaging 2-7 days. There are six bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, offering privacy as well as opportunities to socialise in the shared lounge room and kitchen.
The other wing of the Lodge is the Transition to Independence House, which can accommodate up to four residents. Residents can stay from one month to a year, further developing their independent living skills in a safe and supported environment. Support will vary for each resident according to their individual needs and their goals.
Possability CEO, Drew Beswick, says that the two styles of accommodation cater for people at their different stages of development.
“Often we find that the skills development and growth achieved over time in short term accommodation means that individuals are ready to set new goals. Perhaps they are looking to move out of home and live more independently. but want to do so in a supported environment.
“Our experience with a similar style of co-location of services, from our Seven Mile Beach Retreat near Hobart, shows that this supported and staged approach to preparing for independent living works – and transforms lives both for the participant and their family.
Possability acknowledges the support of Housing Tasmania in leasing the property to us and undertaking building modifications to make it fit for purpose.