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feature Living on Austin Street Austin Street is Victoria’s first purpose- built residence for young people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). L ocated in the Melbourne years down the track, about 7,000 suburb of Alphington, Austin young people live in aged care Street is run by disability throughout Australia. wheelchair and 24-hour support. Five years down the track, she has done something she dreamed about, Manager Jo Herbert said Austin but feared was beyond her reach – Homes (VMCH) and accommodates Street is proof that there is a better she has moved out of Austin Street 10 people with an ABI, who might place for young people. and into her own home near her service provider, Villa Maria Catholic otherwise be living in aged care “All residents receive intensive grown daughters and grandchildren. accommodation. It is one of only two rehabilitation and support catering facilities of its type in Australia. to their specific health, rehabilitation coming here (to Austin Street) and and personal care goals,” she said. appreciate that they treat us like When Austin Street opened its doors in 2010 there were 6,500 Louise Reed was in her late 40s “I have achieved a lot since first real people and encourage us to be people aged under 65 years living when she suffered a stroke that independent,” Louise said. in aged care accommodation. Seven resulted in an ABI, she needed a www.vmch.com.au DISABILITY ADAPTED & EQUIPPED HOME FOR SALE STANSBURY SA $385,000 This is a private sale. 36 Louise Reed has moved out of Austin Street after five years. Bruce Meehan Lisa Harris 0439 721 804 0426 737 257 accommodation 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 3 Car Spaces Comfortable 2 bedroom house, the main bedroom features a large ensuite with overhead lifter, and there are four built in wardrobes. There is solar power plus 4 large water tanks with auto dripper irrigation to the gardens, shade house and netted orchard. There is covered garaging for 3 cars and a large fully equipped workshop with great income potential. Approximately 192m 2 home and 1232m 2 land. linkonline.com.au