8 February, 2024

Carinity disability service is as safe as houses

Carinity has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting people in the Somerset Region who live with disabilities.

Carinity disability service is as safe as houses - feature photo

The Brisbane-based not-for-profit organisation has finalised the purchase of the premises from which it operates: the Carinity Our House disability support service in Toogoolawah.

Carinity Community Services Manager, Chris Shannon, said Carinity had previously leased the Our House property from the Queensland Government.

“Our acquisition helps to assure Our House can continue providing disability support services for the local community well into the future,” Chris said.

Carinity took over the management of the Our House disability respite centre in 2007.

The service currently supports 21 people from a catchment area that includes Toogoolawah, Esk, Kilcoy, Coominya and Fernvale.

“Our House is a home away from home for people living with physical or intellectual disability, and Carinity is delighted that Toogoolawah will remain the home of this vital local service,” Chris said.

“It supports Carinity’s mission and vision to provide disability services to a highly vulnerable client group and to support their carers.”

Services range from community nursing and management of complex care requirements, to general domestic support and assistance with daily personal care.

Carinity Our House also provides social outings, on-site group activities, and short-term accommodation which provides respite for families and primary carers.

“As well as providing a vital community service, Carinity Our House is one of the largest employers in the Toogoolawah area, employing 25 staff in coordination and support worker roles,” Chris said.

“Carinity is focused on growing our disability support services. Our House client numbers have doubled since 2016.”

Carinity also operates NDIS-approved disability support services in Boonah, Kalbar, Narangba and Beaudesert.

Carinity Home Care West Moreton also provides NDIS services to clients living close to Ipswich, while Our House supports home care package clients in the Toogoolawah and Esk areas.

Since 1949, Carinity as an outreach of Queensland Baptists, has been making a real difference in people’s lives through comprehensive and integrated community services.

These include caring for the frail aged in their homes or in integrated seniors’ communities, helping families and young people through difficult times, and supporting people with disability.

Carinity also provides shelters for homeless youth, alternative education for teenagers who struggle in traditional schools, and prison and hospital chaplaincy.

For more information about Carinity Our House, phone 5423 0401.


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