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Bulletin Spring 2018

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TREENDALE RESPITE AND A

TREENDALE RESPITE AND A HAVEN AWAY FROM HOME GREG BROTHERSON, MSWA MEMBER My wife had major surgery on her shoulder, the tendons worn thin after years of singlehandedly carrying the increasing load of caring for me. Fortunately, there is MSWA’s Respite Home at Treendale, situated adjacent to the Leschenault Inlet at Bunbury that provided a safe haven for the next three months while my wife recovered. This was crisis accommodation, not actual respite, however if Treendale had not existed at that particular time the nursing-home alternative doesn’t bear even thinking about, except to say that the Treendale facility is ‘priceless.’ Treendale is part of, but separate from, MSWA’s high-support accommodation units. Together it is a nicely proportioned complex set in well-manicured parklands next to a huge artificial lake which is the terminus of a natural stream that winds its way northeast from the Leschenault for a kilometre or so through the encroaching suburbia. Period-style footbridges allow access to both sides of the trickling stream, adding a special character which harmonises the area. Families of wild ducks are the final touch to this idyllic setting. If the weather is fine the journey by power chair makes a nice exploratory trip. To the east of Treendale, the facility overlooks a wide expanse of vacant land set aside for future development, and this land abuts a large blossoming shopping centre anchored by Woolworths at one end and Bunnings at the other – all of which is within easy reach by power chair. Treendale is a relaxing mixture of country life and the slow encroachment of suburbia stemming from Bunbury, with the architects obviously trying to balance the environment. Treendale reflects this attention to detail by the architects to fade the MSWA complex neatly into this carefully modelled setting. Considerable attention has been given to the security fencing however, which is unobtrusive but significant. Security, lighting and privacy is of paramount concern for the managers. This attention to detail continues inside the respite home. There are six spacious bedrooms, each with an overhead hoist, television and DVD player, connected to an equally large shared bathroom. The dining room and television area for those residents who desire big-screen viewing, is individually incorporated into a large open-plan room. It is a generous country-style home subtly incorporated into the larger facility which is in keeping with the great outdoors yet retains its own character and homely feeling. A three-bedroom holiday unit is attached. The wonderful staff go out of their way to make both Members and NDIS Clients comfortable. One cannot but feel other than completely relaxed and at ease in this particularly unique environment. The meals are country cooking at its best. Laundry is a daily service. For everyone involved in the decision-making process to utilise Treendale is a win-win situation. Carers get a break and Members/Clients get a holiday in a coastal/country locality connected to the Perth metropolitan area by a modern highway. If there is a need for some excitement, dining and entertainment, the bustling city of Bunbury is a short distance away using the multi-purpose taxi service. Since the early days when the facility was opened 8 June 2012, Treendale’s popularity has been slowly growing as realisation dawns that this is a first-class facility. It is therefore prudent to book ahead to avoid disappointment. For Perth residents transport can be arranged to and from the respite home. Treendale is a unique holiday experience, offering family members the added reassurance that the 24 hour 7 day service on offer is safe and their loved one will be cared for by MSWA’s certified and fully trained staff. Not as obvious as research, respite for carers, Members and NDIS Clients has an important role to play in the continuing fight against the unknown causes of neurological disability. If you would like to find out more about Treendale, or arrange a viewing, please contact Paula Kennedy on 9725 9209 or email treendale@mswa.org.au 34 | MSWA BULLETIN SPRING 2018

Take a break in the South West Treendale is only 20 minutes from Bunbury, located next to a small parkland with wheelchair friendly paths and a shopping centre nearby. MSWA Treendale is our 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom purpose built, accessible respite home. Our staff are onsite 24/7 and are experienced in supporting people living with MS. Located next to our respite home is our wonderful 3-bedroom family holiday unit where family can get away from the routines, whilst accessing support for their loved ones if needed. We may even be able to assist you with transportation. Funding to cover your stay may be available through the Commonwealth Carer Respite Program or through your DSC or NDIS individual packages. Speak with our friendly team to chat about your individual needs. For more information or to book your stay at Treendale Gardens, phone us on 9725 9994 MSWA BULLETIN SPRING 2018 | 35