News • 07 Sep 2020

Open Minds and Summer Housing – providing a supported oasis for people with a disability, who want what all of us want, freedom to be independent

Open Minds are proud to be offering its first of many concierge models of housing for people with a disability, situated in a state-of-the-art building in Bowen Hills.

The need for Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is increasing, and Open Minds understands the need for automation and accessible homes, which is why we were excited to partner with Summer Housing as the SIL concierge provider for their new Bowen Hills location.

With this new and innovative model of SDA, developed by Summer Housing, Open Minds will be offering support to 10 clients who will be able to call their own private apartments home, but have the support from Open Minds Support Workers.

The concierge model ensures that the residents can continue to have choice and control over who they receive support from, but also know that support from Open Minds is just a touch of a button away, should the need arise.

The concierge model, whilst not only providing 24/7 support for residents, also delivers a cost-effective NDIS solution by sharing the cost of this support, which means they can stretch their funds wider for other means.

Located in Bowen Hills, this building of 60 apartments, has 10 SDA Apartments peppered across floors, with outstanding views.  This inner-city oasis is close to vibrant King Street, the Gasworks and of course Brisbane CBD. The residents have access to state-of-the-art facilities including a rooftop sky garden with an infinity edge pool and panoramic views of the Brisbane City Skyline, fire pit, three BBQs, and an all-purpose gym and Pilates studio – why would you want to leave?

Kitchen in staff apartment pictured.

Each of the 10 apartments are fitted out to suit the resident, and offer a large bedroom, additional multipurpose space for guest or home office, open plan kitchen with accessible appliances and living areas, perfect for that indoor/outdoor lifestyle perfectly suited to Queensland’s subtropical lifestyle.

Open Minds SIL Manager, Chole said “The partnership between Open Minds and Summer Housing answers the need that many having been calling for. It provides greater independence for clients but enables them to have 24/7 support at their fingertips”.

“The built-in technology offering available to clients is something that we are so excited for. The 24/7 support, city views and resident facilities, this is the perfect oasis for residents to call home.”

“I think the Concierge Model will be a really strong growth area in this sector.  We are seeing more and more clients want greater independence over their lives, but perhaps there are times of the day where they just need someone to come into their home and support them with a few things like showering, even if it’s just for peace of mind.”

“Families can feel real comfort over knowing there is someone in the building that can help out” said Chris, Open Minds General Manager for Improvement and Growth.

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