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The below chart presents the before and after hypothetical scenario of four persons with disabilities, and their families living in Freedom Key houses in a Freedom Housing nest.

There are 4 Freedom Key dwellings (houses or apartments) in a Freedom Housing nest.

The extraordinary social versatility of Freedom Housing may be gleened through these examples. 





 

Freedom 1 Freedom 2 Freedom 3 Freedom 4

Existing

Situation
'Ben' is 40 and has multiple sclerosis. He is paraplegic, and also has limited movement in his arms.

He is divorced. His two young children live with their mother. He does not see them very often, as they do not like coming into the group accommodation facility where Ben lives with five other persons.

There is no privacy, little to do, and the children don’t like the others listening to them when they talk to their dad.
'Robert' is 15 and has significant physical disabilities. These confine him to a wheel chair. He lives with Sarah his mum - who is divorced - in a two-bedroom home. 

His mother is an academic and her work takes her away from him quite often. She is with him most other times. She finds herself rushing home to Robert all the time.
 
Robert’s mum feels trapped, and this is causing stress and ill health.

Robert does not like being left on his own but also feels awful that his mum does not have the freedom of other mums.
'Jan' is 55 and has intellectual disabilities. She lives with her elderly retired parents, who are her principal carers.

Her parents are finding it increasingly difficult to look after her as they get older (78 and 79).

They are also concerned about what will happen to Jan after they die, or when they no longer have the capability to look after her.
'Ching-Lan' is 26 and has a Masters in Engineering. She works from home.

She is paraplegic following an accident. She lives with her parents but she would like to start a relationship and move out of home.

She would prefer her own private place where she could pursue a relationship, and eventually raise a family.
 
Ching-Lan’s parents are sad that their daughter’s dreams cannot be realized.
Freedom
Housing

 
Ben moves into a Freedom Key home with his sister. The children often stay with Ben and their aunt and undertake a wide range of activities together.

Ben is now enjoying his time with family and friends, and the children love having a private space in which to be with their dad and to play games with him.



 
Robert and his mum Sarah move into a Freedom Key home. Robert has access to 24/7 care and human company. At times he helps the carers prepare his lunch or chats with Ben and the others in the Freedom Key.
 
Robert can stay in his own home too if he wishes. The care will come to him.
 
Sarah can now go shopping, or she can go away for the weekend with her partner without feeling guilty.
 
She asks friends to stay with Robert. They don’t mind doing that now because in a Freedom Key home they do not have to provide personal care. The Freedom Key carers do that.
Jan and her parents move into a Freedom Key home. The second bedroom is leased to a young couple for reduced rent, in exchange for their involvement in overseeing Jan’s care. The young couple are saving to buy their own home.
 
Jan has 24/7 care and her parents are now freed from the ever-present burden of caring for their daughter. Legal arrangements have been drawn up to ensure Jan remains in the Freedom Key home with a succession of tenant guardians until she passes away.
 
Jan’s parents can now enjoy their remaining years comforted by the knowledge that Jan will be looked after well after they pass away.
Ching-Lan moves into a Freedom Key home with friends. This allows her to live in a 'share-house' type setting like her able-bodied friends can do, and it provides the privacy and opportunity to develop a relationship. Her house mates pay rent to her. This helps with Chin-Lan's expenses.
 
When she gets married, she will ask her house mates to move out. She and her partner will remain in the Freedom Key home to raise their children.
 
When her partner receives a job offer interstate, the family will move to another Freedom Key home there.
Freedom Key Committee
Member
Ben
(Chairperson)
Robert’s mother
(Treasurer)
Jan’s father
(Secretary)
Ching-Lan 
(Care Coordinator)
Benefits Ben is now able to live his life the way he chooses, to watch his children grow, and to be part of their life. Sarah’s stress levels have dropped. Her partner has proposed marriage because he can see that they can live a full life, as well as look after Robert. Jan’s mother and father are very relieved that Jan will be cared for well after they pass away.
 
Jan is able to live a more interesting and enjoyable life.
Chin-Lan has been able to live her dream of having a family. Her parents are able to apply themselves more rigorously to their business and to earn the income to help Chin-Lan and her family.
Financial  Ben has purchased the Freedom Key home with his sister. Sarah has leased her Freedom Key House. The rent from her existing family home is paying for most of the rent of the Freedom Key home. Jan’s mother and father have purchased the Freedom Key home. They are leasing out their family home and receive rental income from that. Chin-Lan is leasing the Freedom Key home with help from her parents. Her house mates pay for some of the rent.
Future Ben knows that he can receive palliative care in his Freedom Key home. He will never have to be admitted to a nursing home. Robert continues to live in the Freedom Key house after Sarah passes away. A succession of guardian tenants live with Robert until he passes away. Jan’s mum and dad will pass away, but Jan will have her guardian tenants to supervise her care until she passes away. Relatives and friends may wish to live with Jan also. Ching-Lan and her family will live in the Freedom Key home. She may invite her parents to move in when her own children have moved out and when her parents are very old. They will receive aged care from the Freedom Key.