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The below texts are written to reflect what will be possible when Freedom Housing is rolled out across Australia


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 the other family members are free to come and go and to reach their 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 facilitates our career development. We may move from one Freedom Key home to another in order to pursue our career. This unleashes our economic and human potential into society. We feel better knowing that we are giving back. 

Freedom Housing is able to cater to our disability needs through every phase of our life:
  1. As children with disabilities, 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 a disability to live with us.
  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 your authenticity as free agents who are 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. 



IT IS 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 sleepover on visits.

Nursing homes lack privacy. For that reason, our friends and family members will 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 accelerate the deterioration of our health.

The absence of family surveillance in a nursing home and in group accommodation places us in a potentially risky environment. We become vulnerable. We risk being abused and/or neglected.

We are less likely to suffer abuse and neglect in a Freedom Key home.


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 of them 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 husband/wife can be a husband/wife, and not our personal carer. 

Our Freedom Housing household may be 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

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

The working conditions of 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 any other social activity which we prefer. Job satisfaction and carer retention are high.

Freedom Housing has 'home carers', not just 'personal carers'. They carry out more than just 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:
  • High standard personal care skills
  • Child minding skills
  • Food handling and preparation skills
  • Home duty skills
  • Basic clerical skills
  • Basic gardening skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Motor car driving skills
Our home carers do not wear uniforms. They blend in with our household and act like a helpful member of our family. They will quietly and efficiently go about their important work of assisting us, and the household generally.
 
 
 
 
 

 


Our home carers do not become the centre of attention. When we require absolute 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 to us in our Freedom Key homes. Our care and welfare are privileged over the preferences of the medical professionals. 
 
Since personal carers, nurses, doctors, and specialists personally visit us in Freedom Housing, the relevant health care skills are passed on to the members of our household. It's comforting to know that others around us know how to properly care for us.

Family members acquire health care skills that they would otherwise not have acquired. Also, our family members are able to closely monitor the quality of our care, and thus hold our medical professionals - and the service providers - to account.

 

"Freedom Housing provides the ultimate
person-centred 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. On the other hand, Freedom Housing can provide a lot more than a nursing home.
 
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.
 
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 Rooms in the houses) may be eligible for SDA 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 our care in a Freedom Housing is better, health issues are detected earlier and are quickly dealt with.

Freedom Housing provides 'hospital in the home' services. We can be released from the hospital earlier, thus avoiding the risk of hospital acquired infections and the attendant hospital costs.

 

 


LOCATION OF OUR CHOICE

Since only four persons with disabilities are needed to constitute a Freedom Housing nest, Freedom Housing is located in our own communities.

Regional towns require at least one Freedom Housing nest. This has beneficial implications for community building and for social cohesion.

The town is able to use Freedom Housing for a wide 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 these functions may be carried out in Freedom Housing.


Towns and villages are able to care for the elderly, and persons with disabilities locally.

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.

Freedom Housing has 
important and beneficial social and economic implications for rural Australians. 

Indigenous communities are able to care for persons with disabilities and remain on their traditional lands.

COMMUNITY

Our children see more of their grandparents and learn from their wisdom. Our 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 spit up our family.

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

OUR CAREER

With traditional models of care and accommodation, family members are obligated to find work located close to our care facility. Relocating to another part of the country is too difficult to contemplate. This 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. To do so, would split up the family.

With Freedom Housing, the entire family can move from one Freedom Key home to another. Our family members benefit by taking up that exciting new career opportunity, and the Nation benefits by making the most 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 progress together.
 

OUR VACATIONS

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

Freedom Key Pty Ltd encourages 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 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 vacation together.

 



 


NO NEED FOR RESPITE CARE

The need for respite centers 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.

ELDERLY PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

If our elderly parent carers predecease us we may arrange suitable co-tenants to move into the Freedom Key home as tenants. They will provide oversight of our care.

A reduced rent is offered to attract a couple - or a family - who 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.

 


BROAD ADVANTAGES

Freedom Housing:

  • Improves how our society provides care, through de-institutionalising it, and bringing it back to its natural and traditional setting.

  • Allows government funds to go further, enabling more resources to be diverted from capital spending to spending on care.

  • Reduces the demand for nursing homes, respite care, day care, hospices, and hospital beds.

  • Improves job satisfaction for those in the personal care industry.

  • Increases hospital capacity and efficiency by facilitating the timely exit of patients from hospital to appropriate care.

  • Devolves health-preserving and personal care skills from institutions to private homes, where more people will benefit from them.

  • Promotes authenticity, community, and freedom of choice, for persons with disabilities and the elderly, as well as for their families and friends.

  • Promotes social cohesion, and thereby reduces the need for otherwise costly support and social intervention services.

  • Makes our society more ethical, and it increases economic output.

  • Substantially increases happiness, and radically reduces misery and psychological trauma, including for those who are employed in the health and the personal care sector.