A $10,000 grant from the Commonwealth Bank Community Grants accessibility program made the project possible.
Importantly, the modifications make the existing bathroom more accessible for people with limited mobility. Extensive building works took place which included the widening of doorways, removal of a spa, relocating the shower and basin and the installation of a disability specific toilet and twin vanity.
Southern Respite Co-ordinator Dot Butler has received positive feedback from clients and staff.
“Clients really like how it looks and that they have a bigger more open space. The area is much lighter and all of the extra features we have added such as handrails for support are great.”
As well as ease of access, the changes also assist with support techniques to build client skills.
“The double basin is fantastic for role modelling of behaviours such as washing hands and cleaning teeth,” Ms Butler said.
CEO Drew Beswick said that he is happy to see the renovations completed.
“With help from the grant, combined with our own fundraising initiatives, we have made this project possible.
Seven Mile Beach Retreat provides important respite and transition to independent living services for our clients. We would like to thank the Commonwealth Bank for their support.”
Before: The position of the spa and basin made moving around difficult.
After: The renovations have created open space and easily accessible areas for residents.
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