Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

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Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

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    Respite care home for disabled children in northern suburbs

    20/12/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    A respite care home for children with severe and multiple disabilities is to be built by the State Government in Perth's northern suburbs. 
     
    Housing Minister Jim McGinty said Homeswest had identified three possible sites and planned to begin construction of the $100,000, five-bedroom home early in 1993. 
     
    "The house will allow for short stays to give families a break from the pressure of caring for children with severe and multiple disabilities," Mr McGinty said.
     
    "More than 80 families living in the region have been identified as eligible to use the service - which will be the first north of the river." 
     
    The proposal for the home had been jointly developed by Homeswest, Catholic Care and the Authority for Intellectually Handicapped Persons. 
     
    Disability Services Minister Eric Ripper said the annual operating costs of $500,000 would be met by the State Government. However, the home would be operated by Catholic Care - which operates a similar service in Riverton. 
     
    "Children with disabilities can place incredible strain on parents and it is important that families have the chance to take a break from the pressure," Mr Ripper said.
     
    "The service is specifically pitched at children with the most severe disabilities, who are the most difficult and most expensive to cater for. 
     
    "Their families provide love and care and continually play a nurturing role - they deserve our support."