PM opens disability housing project in Oran Park

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Macarthur today to open a state-of-the-art multi-dwelling home for people with high-dependent disabilities.

The Oran Park facility is DPN Casa Capace's first multi-dwelling home for NDIS participants in Sydney's south west.

Residents will begin moving into the six bedroom home next month.

DPN Casa Capace chief executive Michael Fuller said the home was different to other disability housing options.

"First and foremost our homes are designed to be 'homes', we want to get away from the clinical and institutional feel of the traditional accommodation that has been delivered to Australians with disabilities," he said.

"We have designed our homes to be resident-centric, where the beautiful home is the main feature and the accessibility aspect, whilst very important, is more subtle and doesn't dominate."

The home is equipped with assistive technologies to support high-dependent living, with appliances that work with Apple HomeKit.

Mr Fuller said smart homes were a game changer for people with disabilities.

"We consulted with occupational therapists, physiotherapists, support workers and people with disabilities to understand what their needs were," he said.

"We thought that those living with high physical support levels would really benefit from having Apple technology installed as the backbone of our assitative technology offering.

"Occupants can use one just device, if they wish, to control a multitude of technology such as to control lights, blinds, doors, entertainment and air conditioners.

"This is particularly helpful for people with disabilities who may be less mobile so they can independently have control over their surroundings, without requiring complete assistance from support workers.

"This has a positive impact, not only physically, but can also have a great effect on resident's mentality and wellbeing in having more independence."

Mr Fuller said Oran Park was chosen based on NDIS-participant demand.

"We looked at data from the National Disability Insurance Scheme as well as from our Supported Independent Living (SIL) partner, Northcott, who informed us there was a need for more NDIS housing in this area," he said.

"Additionally, Oran Park has been redeveloped, with new infrastructure and an emerging community.

"All the residents here are new, which can create a sense of inclusiveness when residents are building up the community.

"In terms of the surrounding locations, there is a major private hospital planned in Gregory Hills, plus existing public medical facilities and shopping centres in the surrounding areas."

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