Happy in their new home

We at Multicap Tasmania pride ourselves on the quality of accommodation provided to clients. One of many first-rate developments for the organisation this year has been the transition of Panorama; a beautiful acreage in Burnie.

The NDIS has brought many changes to operational requirements which gave Multicap Tasmania the opportunity to transition Panorama residents to more contemporary housing with increased independence and control for the residents.

Debbie Hewitt and Ken Blazely were two of the first residents of Panorama when it was built in the early 1980s. Both moved in on the very first day and have spent decades with Panorama as their home; seeing people come and go, making friends and watching the family of staff grow up.

(left) Matron Margaret Jones reuniting with Debbie at a Panorama celebration this year and (right) Ken looking out the sliding doors in his new home.

The Panorama residents have all transitioned into their new homes with Ken and Debbie now settled into one of the two new Platinum Standard Fully Accessible properties at Emily Crescent in Somerset.

Ken originally couldn’t see himself living anywhere other than Panorama. After visiting the site of the new properties, he started to get excited and comfortable with the idea of living in Somerset. Visiting the building site became a regular outing and Ken was updated throughout the process. He even attended a meeting with the builders and door consultants to oversee the running of the automatic door and positioning of light and door controls.

The first to lend a hand on moving day, Ken helped take his belongings to the removal truck attaching his trailer to the rear of his wheelchair. After an already long day, he stayed up to help arrange the furniture. “It was fun” Ken said.

Ken is actively involved in the household duties and planning for his garden shed. He often talks about how exciting it was taking his things to the new home and is very happy living with Debbie, Rena and Neil. Watching all the people drive past is a daily pleasure and his sister lives so close she pops in for regular visits.

(left) Some of Ken's collectibles and (right) Ken in his new room

Debbie is flourishing with the change of setting and lifestyle. “I can’t find words for it; she’s just enjoying life”, Debbie’s mother Yvonne expressed. Debbie loves getting out, shopping, essentially having the freedom to do whatever it is she wants to do. The personal connections with her housemates and staff have been incredibly valuable in giving her a fulfilling life filled with happiness and laughter.

(left) Yvonne at the Panorama celebration (right) Team Leader Tamera Emmerton at Ken and Debbie's home in Somerset

Panorama has since transitioned into a respite site. With access to the Horticulture and Small Engines programs, picturesque views, hidden gems and birds; Panorama is a perfect venue for a break. Renovations are being planned which will create two separate wings. Accommodating an adult wing at one end and a children’s wing at the other end, Panorama will continue to flourish into a true refuge for both relaxation and stimulation – whatever you are seeking in some time away from home.

(top left) Tim spending time with Ebonie while she was pushed on the accessible swing by Helen. (top right) One of the scattered art installations at Panorama. (bottom left) Some of the respite rooms with views looking out to the gazebo. (bottom right) Zachary exploring the horticulture program's greenhouse
Published on 18 Dec 2019