THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (INC.)
A visit to the house ensures that the member resides for a short time, in a relaxed, cheerful and safe environment . The member’s carers are thus able to get a break from their caring role. This provides the carer some space to attend to other activities, appointments or to have a rest in the safe knowledge that the member is well cared for by professional Care Support Workers .
Individuals with other comparable neurological conditions may apply to stay at the Margaret Doody House. However, a detailed assessment would need to be done by a MS Nurse before being offered a place .This would ensure that the needs of that person could be met during their stay.
Margaret Doody House has five bedrooms with an additional bed for emergencies. The house was purpose built, therefore it is accessible, well equipped and air conditioned throughout. There is a large screen TV, computer access and a pleasant outdoor area. All the bedrooms have their own TV and DVD player.
The length of stay is usually one to two weeks and every effort is made to have a room available at a time that suits the individual. Longer stays can be arranged subject to availability. There is a daily charge to cover housekeeping costs.
The house is staffed 24 hours a day by professional Care Support Workers who have received initial and ongoing training through the Society.
Should a resident require medical assistance during their stay, a variety of medical supports are accessed to suit the individual’s circumstances.
The Respite House has Disability Services Commission funding for the provision of care and there are eligibility criteria relating to the client's age at the onset of their disability.
Funding to cover part of the daily cost can be sourced through the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres prior to their stay. Information regarding funding is available by ringing 1800 059 059 or contacting the Society’s Welfare Assistant on 9365 4835.
The Manager welcomes any queries regarding the house and can be contacted on 9385 9574. Visitors are always welcome especially when invited by members and their families to view the house prior to an initial stay.
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