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CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY
RESPONSIVE
BROAD ADVANTAGES NO NEED FOR RESPITE CARE        INCLUSIVE
ETHICAL - PROFESSOR WARWICK FOX        VERSATILE  
 

OUR LIFE IN FREEDOM HOUSING

Freedom Housing allows us to enjoy the presence of family members and friends in our daily life.
 
We are comforted by the knowledge that we are not a burden on our loved ones. We know that they are free to come and go and to reach their own life potential. This is an important contributor to our sound mental health. It also contributes to the cohesion and happiness of our family.
 
Freedom Housing also facilitates our career development. We may move location from one Freedom Key home to another in order to pursue our career. This unleashes our economic and human potential. We feel better knowing that we are giving back.
 
Freedom Housing is able to cater to our disability care needs through every phase of our life:
  1. As children, we live with our parents in a Freedom Key house.
  2. When we reach adulthood we move into a Freedom Key apartment with housemates. They don't have to have disabilities.
  3. We meet a life partner.
  4. We move into a Freedom Key house with our partner.
  5. We have children.
  6. Our children grow up and move out of the home.
  7. We continue to receive care from the Freedom Key.
  8. We receive end-of-life care.
Even though we have a disability, with Freedom Housing we retain our authenticity as free agents, empowered to make choices and to see those choices carried out.
 
The opportunity to self-govern, to apply our creativity, to use our imagination, and to be authentic, is a precious element of living. 
 
 

BETTER THAN A NURSING HOME
 
We receive better care, and we are much happier in a Freedom Key home than we would be in a nursing home, or in a group accommodation home. Our friends and family members provide companionship and we are able to take part in family occasions: they can live with us, or sleep over on visits.

Nursing homes lack privacy. For that reason, our family and our friends may avoid visiting us there. Freedom Housing is private housing. We own the house, or we rent it. We call the shots.

Living with our loved ones or friends in Freedom Housing is therapeutic and comforting. This is what we prefer. Removing us from our families and friends may impact our physical and mental health.
 
The absence of family surveillance in a nursing home and in group accommodation homes places us in a potentially risky environment. We become vulnerable. We are less likely to suffer abuse or neglect in Freedom Housing.
 
 
 

OUR HAPPY FAMILY
 
Freedom Housing allows our family to function just like any other family. There is no build-up of resentment toward us. Our family’s prospects of functioning well, and staying together are improved. 

All family members are free to take employment and to develop careers to their full potential. None is tied to our care. By being free they are happier and more productive. They have the freedom to do what they want to do, and so do we, even though we have disabilities. 

Our Freedom Housing household may comprise our family, or it may be constituted by friends and housemates.
 
The important element is that there is a presence of familiar people - ones chosen by us - and the ability to live together with them in a supportive home setting.
 
 

OUR HELPFUL HOME CARERS
 
Many carers and nurses do not enjoy working in nursing homes. They want to do more for the residents, but they often can't in that profit-driven environment.

The private domestic setting of personal care in our Freedom Housing home privileges effective and timely care, recreation, and safety, rather than speed, operational uniformity, and profit.
 
Freedom Housing promotes humane, supportive, and positive outcomes. We call the shots, and not the supervisor at the head office of a care provider organisation.

The working conditions for carers and nurses are very much improved in Freedom Housing. They work in a natural caring domestic environment: one that is constantly surveyed by those who love us. Our carers go shopping with us, attend functions, go to cafe's, and to other social activities. Job satisfaction and carer retention rates are high.

Freedom Housing 
has home carers, not just personal carers. Their duties extend beyond personal care. They undertake tasks around the house that we would have done ourselves if we did not have our disabilities.
 
Our home carers possess the following:
  1. High standard personal care skills
  2. Childminding skills
  3. Food handling and preparation skills
  4. Home duty skills
  5. Basic clerical skills
  6. Basic gardening skills
  7. Cultural awareness
  8. Motorcar driving skills
Our home carers do not wear uniforms. They blend in with our household and act just like a helpful member of our family. They will quietly and efficiently go about their important work in assisting us and the household generally.
 
Our home carers do not become the centre of attention. When we require  privacy, we ask the home carer to assist those in the adjoining Freedom Housing homes or to retreat to the Freedom Key to carry out necessary but non-urgent tasks.
 
 
 
 

OUR DOCTORS COME TO US
 
The Key Committee may contract the services of doctors and specialists who are willing to provide home visits. 
 
Since personal carers, nurses, doctors, and specialists come to us, the health care skills are passed on to the members of our household. It's comforting to know that others around us know how to look after us.

Our family and our friends are able to closely monitor the quality of our care.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY
 
The Freedom Housing model has the capacity to eliminate the need for nursing homes, and other traditional models of care and accommodation. There is nothing that a nursing home can provide that Freedom Housing cannot. 
 
The switch to Freedom Housing has enormous efficiency impacts on government expenditure. Savings can be directed to Individual Support Packages and the funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme  (NDIS).
 
Freedom Housing is a private housing development. It is financed privately and paid for with private funds. However, the parts of Freedom Housing which are built to serve our disability needs: the Freedom Key, and Key Room in the houses, may be eligible for SDA government funding.
 
 

HOSPITALS
Freedom Housing is able to provide us with a higher standard of personal care and physiotherapy care than is usually available in a standard recovery ward in a general hospital.

This has cost-saving implications for hospital bed demand, rehabilitation services, and associated other services. Freedom Housing frees up hospital capacity since we are admitted far less frequently.

Because of high-quality care in Freedom Housing, health issues are detected earlier and are quickly dealt with.

Freedom Housing is able to provide hospital-in-the-home services. We can be discharged from hospital earlier, thus avoiding the risk of hospital-acquired infections and the associated hospital costs.
 
 
 

LOCATION OF OUR CHOICE
 
Since only four households are required to constitute a Freedom Housing nest, Freedom Housing may be located in rural and remote communities. This has beneficial implications for community building and for social cohesion. Towns and villages are able to care for the elderly, and persons with disabilities locally.

A small town is able to use a Freedom Housing nest for a range of care and accommodation needs. It avoids having to build several separate purpose-built care-and-accommodation models: nursing home; respite facility; hospice; crisis accommodation; etc. All of these functions may be easily carried out in Freedom Housing.

This mutes the drift of those with a disability - and the elderly - and their families, to larger towns where they would otherwise have to move to access the required care.
 
When we live in remote areas Freedom Housing enables us to stay with our family and our community, rather than being sent to a major city for treatment or accommodation.

Freedom Housing has beneficial social and economic implications for rural Australians. Indigenous communities are able to care for persons with disabilities on their traditional lands, close to kin. 
 
 
 
 

COMMUNITY
 
Children see more of their grandparents and learn from their wisdom. Parents enjoy having their grandchildren or even their great-grandchildren close by.

As teenagers with disabilities, we have the chance to lead normal happy lives around our families and our friends.

As accident victims, we are able to undergo physiotherapy in our own homes without the need to travel. Our family stays together: we are not forced by our circumstances to split up our family.

Co-location with loved ones enables our families to network and to lobby for us. Our family and friends may live with us to provide love, care, and protection.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


OUR CAREER

In the case of traditional models of care and accommodation, family members are obliged to find work close by. Relocating to another part of the country is too difficult to contemplate. It would involve a very complex re-establishment of services.

The primary carers and other family members are - in the traditional models - unable to take up job opportunities in far away places. 

With Freedom Housing, the entire family is able to move easily from one Freedom Key home to another. Family members benefit by taking up that exciting new career opportunity, and the Nation benefits by making the most out of the skills available from its citizenry. All concerned are happier and better off financially.

Our careers, and the careers of our partners and other family member are supported through the versatility of Freedom Housing.

We can stay together and we are also able to pursue our separate careers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR VACATIONS

Freedom Housing style holiday accommodation enables our families to enjoy holidays just like other families.

We will encourage the building of Freedom Housing holiday accommodation in tourist destinations.

It is impractical to build nursing homes or respite facilities at holiday destinations. It is a far simpler matter to design and to build commercially viable Freedom Housing holiday accommodation which can also be used by all who seek accommodation, and not just those with disabilities.

Instead of being placed in respite care while our families go off on their vacation, we are able to join them and to enjoy our holidays together.
 
 
 
 

NO NEED FOR RESPITE CARE

The need for respite care is almost eliminated with Freedom Housing.

There is no need for respite which involves taking us away from our Freedom Key homes. If our families choose to go on vacation without us, they simply do so.

Our family home is always connected to the Freedom Key so it instantly becomes respite accommodation, with the added benefit that we can enjoy the visitation and sleep-over of our friends and relatives when our family is away.

 

 

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CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Our parents may live with us and receive aged care when they require it. If they predecease us we may arrange suitable co-tenants to move in. They will provide oversight of our care.

A reduced rent is offered to attract persons who will welcome the chance to do some good. They may also use this opportunity to save for their own home. A succession of such tenants may reside with us, and oversee our care. With such an arrangement, we do not have to move out of our family home.

Our elderly parents are able to enjoy their life now, knowing with some certainty that we will be looked after well in our own home, after they have passed away.
 
 
 
 

RESPONSIVE

Freedom Housing:
  1. Facilitates early intervention
  2. Provides up to 24/7 high-care
  3. Generates social connectivity and responsiveness
  4. Makes self-management and self-determination possible 
  5. Caters for every phase of life
  6. Allows for a seamless trans-generational succession of care
  7. Provides high-quality hospice capacity
  8. Promotes social cohesion
  9. Is the most affordable
  10. Is family-friendly
Our privacy is preserved by ensuring that home carers observe strict protocols. These aim to minimise disruption to the household.
 
We may elect to maintain a high level of privacy, or we may become friends and acquaintances with the neighbours within the nest. The choice is entirely ours.
 
The hydrotherapy pool and the physiotherapy room give us - and others who reside with us - ready access to physiotherapy, as often as our condition requires it, without having to travel to special facilities. Each Key home may have private and exclusive use of the Key facilities in turn. 
 
We decide who cares for us, and the manner in which they do so.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

INCLUSIVE
 
Freedom Housing looks like conventional housing: that's because it is exactly that. This is deliberate. From the street, there is no way of telling that the house is a Freedom Key house. 

We do not want to live in accommodation which is identified as having a special purpose. Conventional housing is everyone's first preference. 

The house style is entirely up to us to decide. Each house may be of a different shape, size, and made of different fabric to the other three houses. It may be single or two storied and the land sizes may also differ.
 
Since the house is the family home, it may be configured for every householder's requirements and not for just those of the person who has disabilities or requires aged care.

Freedom Housing ensures that we can live in our chosen community and that we are included in all that our community does. It complies fully with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Objects and Principles of the NDIS Act (Australian Parliament).
 
We prefer to be close to where the action is so that we can access community facilities, entertainment venues, and shopping centres. Freedom Housing, therefore, works best close to activity centres and public transport.
 
Our personal care is provided relatively automatically, and so that aspect of our life is pushed to the background, rather than it being the main focus. 
 
Freedom Housing is a platform which allows us to get on with our lives as a first priority. It also frees those closest to us to do the same. 
 


ETHICAL - PROFESSOR WARWICK FOX

Professor Warwick Fox is an Australian professor of philosophy who is an expert in Environmental Ethics based in London. He is the originator of General Ethics.
 
General Ethics is a single, integrated approach to ethics that encompasses the realms of interhuman ethics, the ethics of the natural environment, and the ethics of the human-constructed, or built, environment.
I have argued for some time that the most valuable examples of their kind, in any domain of interest at all, are those that exhibit a responsively cohesive form of organization.

This means that they can be characterized as holding together by virtue of the mutual responsiveness of their elements, or salient features, rather than as holding together in some other, non-mutually responsive way (which I refer to as fixed cohesion) or not holding together either very well or at all (which I refer to as 
discohesion).
 
Now, Christos Iliopoulos’s concept of Freedom Housing strikes me as an admirable example of responsive cohesion in the social realm: it represents a way of holding a small community together [family/household] in a way that is responsive to the varying needs and desires for care, connection, and privacy, of the people with disabilities, and those to whom they are most closely connected.  
 
In contrast, the traditional forms of institutionalized care, for all their good intentions and good work, can too often seem by their very nature to impose a fixed formula kind of regime upon people with widely different needs and, by separating them off from their home contexts, to disconnect people with disabilities from the kinds of day-to-day interaction with those to whom they are most connected, despite the fact that these forms of interaction are fundamental to the well-being of all concerned.
 
Thus, these traditional forms of institutionalised care can represent a combination, to varying degrees, of both fixedly cohesive and discohesive elements.

If I had disabilities to the extent that I needed daily care from others, or if I was closely connected to a person with disabilities, then I know which kind of caring and living context I would choose – providing, of course, that the responsively cohesive option of Freedom Housing were available!
 

 


VERSATILE

Disabilities which may be accommodated in Freedom Housing include:
  1. Multiple Sclerosis
  2. Cerebral Palsy
  3. Spina Bifida
  4. Motor Neuron Disease
  5. Autism
  6. Alzheimer's disease
  7. Down's Syndrome
  8. Intellectual Disability
  9. Acquired Brain Injury
  10. Stroke
  11. Non-violent mental disability
  12. Accident-acquired disability
 

BROAD ADVANTAGES

  1. Improves how our society provides care, through de-institutionalising it, and bringing it back to its natural and traditional setting.
  2. Allows government funds to go further, enabling more resources to be diverted from capital spending to spending on care.
  3. Reduces the demand for nursing homes, respite care, day care, hospices, and hospital beds.
  4. Improves job satisfaction for those in the personal care industry, and creates careers based on high-quality care. 
  5. Increases hospital capacity and efficiency by facilitating the timely exit of patients from hospital to care in Freedom Housing.
  6. Devolves health-preserving and personal care skills from institutions to private homes, where more people will benefit from them.
  7. Promotes authenticity, community, and freedom of choice, for persons with disabilities and the elderly, as well as for their families and friends.
  8. Promotes social cohesion, and thereby reduces the need for otherwise costly support and social intervention services.
  9. Makes our society fairer, and it increases economic output.
  10. Substantially increases happiness, and radically reduces misery and psychological trauma, including for carers. 
  11. Enables the sentiments, values and rights of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to become a reality.
  12. Enables Australia to be amongst the first nations to fully meet its obligations as a signatory to the Convention.