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Community Gets Much Needed Disability Respite Centre

Posted: 31-Aug-2015 by All Abilities

Currently under construction and planned for an official opening in November 2015, Jewish Care Victoria’s new Coppel and Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre promises to deliver an innovative model of care, developed through extensive communal consultation and broad industry research.

The Centre, located at 476 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield will provide respite, carers support and community outreach services for children, adults and their families.

Through a combination of facility-based respite, support and community engagement, the Centre will be the perfect place for people with disability to build confidence, improve skills and trial a more independent lifestyle.

Featuring the latest in style, innovation and functionality, the unique architectural design will cater for 5 children and 5 adults in separate and secure wings. The Centre is to be equipped with modern features, with each wing containing a sensory room and assisted baths, accessible kitchen and lounge areas, and smart TVs in each bedroom (adult bedrooms with an ensuite).

The Centre provides a friendly and warm environment for children and teenagers to foster learning and development through its purpose-built playgrounds including a Liberty swing, sensory rooms and gardens, as well as social and recreational activities onsite and within the community.

Parents and carers are ensured peace of mind with the facility’s safe and supervised premises that have Sabbath-friendly access. Since a carer’s role can take its toll, Jewish Care’s respite services provide much-needed relaxation for families and unpaid carers to recharge, while their loved ones are looked after in a homely setting.

Another key feature is the community hub, which runs carer support, outreach and training programs. Additionally, the Centre assists carers with funds applications, brokerage and case coordination. The new Disability Respite Centre’s services will be open to anyone with a disability as defined by the Victorian Disability Act 2006, where the children’s wing caters for children aged 6 to 17 years and the adults’ wing caters for adults from 18 to 64 years.

Fees for the services are still being finalised, but are said to be very competitive and affordable and will include meals, recreation and transport.

For more information or any queries about the Coppel and Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre, please contact Jewish Care on (03) 8517 5999, or visit

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