|03-08-2009, 02:26 PM||#1|
Government Commends New ParaQuad Respite Services/Tasmania
Government Commends New ParaQuad Respite Services
The Minister for Human Services, Lin Thorp, today congratulated the ParaQuad Association of Tasmania on the opening of the Glenn Moore Respite Units at Glenorchy.
Ms Thorp said the new units would provide an invaluable service for people recovering from spinal cord injury.
She said construction of the units was the realisation of nearly 20 years of vision and planning to provide short-term respite accommodation for people with spinal cord injury.
“These two units will each allow for the accommodation of up to six people, meaning the families of people injured can stay with them to offer practical support and assist in decision-making about their futures,” Ms Thorp said.
“An important element of the units is that they have been designed by people in wheelchairs for people who may be new to wheelchairs and will offer practical ideas for modification of people’s existing homes.”
Ms Thorp acknowledged the generous contribution of the Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB) in financing the development .
She said while priority would be given to people with spinal cord injury, the units would also be made available to people with related physical disabilities. The State Government contributes more than $20,000 per annum to ParaQuad Tasmania’s Information Service to promote community awareness about the needs of paraplegics and quadriple
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