Call for disabled housing

PAULINE Nautley has been a carer for 33 years and says Gladstone needs some disability housing.

Pauline’s son Lee has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia and until recently she has been his primary carer all of his life.

Eight months ago Lee moved into disability housing in Rockhampton with 24-hour carers.

“Being a carer can make you tired, overwrought and over emotional at times,” Pauline said.

“There are endless meetings with doctors, specialists and physiotherapists and it is a challenge finding the right doctors,” she said.

Pauline was one of the parents who helped form ‘The Hub’ which provides social interaction for people with disabilities.

Pauline is also president of Focus Forward, which is a group for carers and disabled people who meet for activities.

“The biggest thing this community needs is disabled housing in Gladstone,” she said.

“Rockhampton has seven houses and Biloela has some, but Gladstone has none.

“Gladstone only has one respite care with four rooms and we need more.

“Gladstone has a fantastic social worker at the hospital and a great facilitator at DSQ.

“So why can’t Gladstone be equal to Rockhampton and get some disability housing?

“My son is very unwell at the moment, moving into a new home was very big for him and he is living with mostly older people.

“Disability splits families.

“Many carers are not coping as the pressure and workload wears them down,” she said.



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