Manager of residential services Anthony Love (left) with resident Sam Ward at Southern Way’s new residential house in Kerr Street, Warrnambool. WARRNAMBOOL and district care service Southern Way’s latest residential accommodation service has been officially opened.
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Funded by state and federal government grants given to the Barwon-South Western Department of Human Services, the facility on Kerr Street was launched by staff and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine.

Five residents have been living in the property since September 21 last year, one week after the keys to the building were handed to Southern Way.

Kerr Street residential manager Anthony Love said the facility was needed to cater for the “increased demand” of clients with disabilities in the district who had ageing parents or carers.

There are three other residential homes in Warrnambool and one respite home, but Mr Love said the Kerr Street home’s layout, specially designed for people with special needs, made it slightly more advanced.

“This is purpose-built for their needs,” he said.

“The doorways are wider for wheelchair access.”

The home also features five resident bedrooms and a staff sleeping area, a bathroom with a specialty bathtub and handrails, raised vegetable gardens and scooter storage.

Mr Love said the accommodation program involved helping residents to be independent in their cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and other aspects of daily life. The house has 15 staff who are rotated to provide 24-hour care, seven days a week, Mr Love said.

Chief executive officer Graham Kemp said Southern Way had been serving the district for the past 20 years and had 150 clients, with the number growing steadily.

“Our core business is this, residential accommodation,” he said. “But we also offer attendant (in home) care, a future for young adults program and our Young At Heart program.”

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