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Ethical Foundations

The ethical foundations of Freedom Housing are compassion, empowerment, and inalienable human dignity.

The organising principle is the avoidance of the relinquishment of persons to custodial institutional models of care and accommodation.

The privileged values are self-determination, family, friends, community, privacy, choice, life, and the celebration of the human spirit. 

Freedom Housing is the ultimate person-centred care and accommodation model. It responds primarily to the particular needs of the person, rather than to the operational requirements - or the profit motives - of an institution.

Freedom Housing honours and upholds the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Freedom Housing facilitates personal care, nursing care, and palliative care, in a home setting with family or friends.

We (persons with disabilities) - and the frail elderly - are able to direct our own lives, rather than having our lives directed for us. 

Freedom Housing allows us to live with people of our choice, and to pursue our own interests as independently as possible.

Freedom Housing provides a superior alternative day care, respite care, nursing home care, or hospice care.

Around Australia, there are many thousands of us (young persons with disabilities) who are forced to live in nursing homes for the elderly. We - and the elderly - deserve better.

Freedom Housing is for us all.



Pamela with her carers Kate and Siobhan
out shopping and socialising

 


Plight of Families Currently

 

 

“I’m 51 and still changing nappies. I feel like I haven’t had a life for 19 years. At some point, I feel we’re going to break down. We’re not going to last.”

Elisha says she tries not to think about the future. “I never want Amanda to go into a (nursing) home,” she says. “If that happened, I’d have to go with her.”  read more ...


Current Practice

We (persons with disabilities), the elderly, and the ailing are removed from our homes, leaving behind our partners, our children, and other family members.

We are delivered to nursing homes, group accommodation facilities, and hospices, with the knowledge that we will never again live together with our families, or with our own choice of house mates.

Those left behind suffer anguish and guilt. How is it possible for them to now enjoy their lives under such a dark cloud? We feel sad, frightened, vulnerable, and perhaps even betrayed.

Not only must we continue to suffer our now worsening health condition, we must - in addition - also suffer the loss of our freedom, our identity, and our dignity: and we must endure soul-destroying abandonment.

Nursing homes and group accommodation facilities are designed to keep us, and the elderly, alive until we die. 

Freedom Housing - on the other hand - is designed to give us a care platform upon which to continue our enjoyable, productive, and meaningful existence with our family and friends.

Freedom Housing facilitates a positively disruptive - and much overdue - ethical paradigm-shift in care and accommodation, for us, the frail elderly, and our families.


Guiding Principles: UN Convention

Guiding Principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons
  2. Non-discrimination
  3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  4. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  5. Equality of opportunity
  6. Accessibility
  7. Equality between men and women
Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities.