Funding makes home life easier

Happily receiving $5.6 million in funding for the NSW Home Modification and Maintenance State Council in Lismore last week were Council members (l-r) Shannon Adams, Sandi Lightfoot-Collins, Poppy Lazaris, Ian Maxwell and Shalla Thomas.

People with disabilities or injuries that require home modifications to make every day living easier will benefit from more than $5.6 million in funding recently presented to the NSW Home Modification and Maintenance State Council at its new Lismore office.

The giant cheque, handed over by Page MP Ian Causley, will help cut waiting lists across NSW for work needed in the homes of frail, aged, injured or disabled clients.

It will allow us to assist many more people to remain living independently at home, said the Councils executive officer, Stacey Sheppard-Smith.

The Council is the peak body for 88 services around NSW providing modification and maintenance work ranging from the installation of grab and hand rails to ramps and bathroom modifications.

One local person who has benefited from these services is Samantha Stevens, 7.

Samanthas parents, John and Gail, said the help they had been given to modify their house and transport needs had been invaluable to help them care for their wheelchair-bound daughter at home.

For more information about how to access these services phone 6622 8386.


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