Chris and Yooralla’s story

DATE: 28 March 2018

Chris and Yooralla’s story

Chris was a busy stay at home father until his life turned upside down in an instant.

“It’s the best thing that happened to me since my brain injury,” said Chris about moving in to Yooralla’s innovative housing in Frankston specifically designed for younger people with disability living in aged care nursing homes.

Watch this video to hear Chris tell his story.

Chris was a busy stay at home father until his life turned upside down in an instant.

He had an acquired brain injury from a choking incident and found himself living at a nursing home, legally blind and with limited movement of his body.

“I didn’t have any independence. I was totally reliant on what they said and did and what they gave me. I had no privacy,” said Chris.

When you meet Chris and see him freely moving around his house, working in his veggie garden and making his own bread, it’s hard to imagine him being stuck in a routine designed for people at the end stage of their lives.

But at the time of his discharge from hospital, there weren’t any appropriate alternatives. Chris had no choice. Not until Yooralla, in partnership with Monash University, Summer Foundation and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), opened the first of its kind innovative housing in October 2015.

Chris now lives in one of the six purpose-built units specifically designed for people with disability with the aim to encourage independence and security. All units feature smart home and communications technologies that are able to be operated via a tablet or smart phones to communicate with staff in case of an emergency and to allow control of heating, cooling and light conditions. Residents live independently but can call a staff member on site for assistance day and night.

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