Housing & Supported Independent Living

Seton Villa operates seven supported independent living houses in Marsfield, Eastwood and North Ryde. Each house is home to 4-5 residents who are supported to live as independently as possible by our caring and qualified staff. Our specialist disability accommodation houses offer a ‘home style environment’ designed to mirror the look and feel of an everyday family home. Residents are encouraged to assist in making meals and general household chores, along with participating in both individualized and communal leisure activities.

Seton Villa is committed to ensuring that our residents feel safe and secure in our homes and are able to lead happy and fulfilling lives as part of our Seton Villa community.

Specialist Disability Accommodation

Seton Villa commenced an ambitious asset redevelopment plan in 2019 with the long-term vision to replace the ageing infrastructure with new, purpose-built houses. The asset redevelopment plan sees $11m invested in the properties over three years, including rebuilding five existing Seton Villa properties and purchasing two new suitable properties in the local community, enabling systematic redevelopment of all houses. This investment will secure a sustainable and bright future for the residents and community, centered on active support and quality services enabling greater independence, choice and capacity building.

The handover of our first two brand new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) houses, Jenny’s Place Marsfield and Rosalie’s Place Ryde, were completed in 2020 with residents receiving the keys to their new homes and moving in during November 2020.

 

“With the houses being bright, new, and shiny it gives them a sense of pride together. For parents, it demonstrates a level of commitment that the Daughters are taking their responsibility seriously. It’s about the sense of security of knowing the girls have their own place.”
Glenys Robinson, parents of two daughters in residence at Seton Villa

 

Watch this short video and share in the residents excitement and joy.

Read about Jenny’s Place and Rosalie’s Place, and view their new Specialist Disability Accommodation design features and benefits, including how this bright new home is benefiting the residents and their families.

Read about Seton Villa’s asset redevelopment plans including their Current Projects and Future Planned Projects.

Left: Glenys Robinson with her daughter Carmel enjoying Carmel’s bright new purpose-built apartment style home.

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JENNY’S PLACE MARSFIELD

Jenny’s Place Marsfield (below) was the first property for redevelopment. Construction was completed in 2020 with residents moving into their new home November 2020. Jenny’s Place a new, high quality, high functioning, purpose-build four-bedroom house. Most important, it is a bright and welcoming home for four women with disabilities.

Features

  • NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standards, Improved Livability level
  • Improve Liveability incorporates a reasonable level of physical access and enhanced provision for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairment
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 2 WC
  • 1 study (for staff use)
  • large SDA kitchen
  • large open plan living area
  • second lounge room
  • large accessible garden

Jenny’s Place is named in memory of Jenny Curran, a former resident of Seton Villa and member of the Curran family. The Bernard Curran Foundation provided the original funding for this property and it is only fitting to retain the place name in recognition of the generous legacy. While the bricks and mortar may be changing, and the purpose of this property evolving, Jenny’s Place is part of our history and heritage and now an integral part of our bright future.

ROSALIE’S PLACE RYDE

This five-bedroom home designed by Kennedy Associate Architects, is the first to include the two-bedroom ‘apartment’ under the same roofline as the main house. This combination of house plus apartment provides increased independence for two of the five residents, in accordance with Seton Villa’s care model of ‘active support’. Rosalie’s Place is a beautiful demonstration of Seton Villa’s commitment to building capacity and maximizing independence and skills for the residents.

Main House Features

  • NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standards, Improved Livability level
  • Improve Liveability incorporates a reasonable level of physical access and enhanced provision for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairment
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 1 WC
  • 1 study (for staff use)
  • large SDA kitchen
  • large open plan living area
  • large accessible garden

Apartment Features

  • NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standards, Improved Livability level
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • kitchen
  • living area
  • shared garden with main house

Rosalie’s Place is named in memory of the Blessed Rosalie Rendu, Daughter of Charity and heroine at the bedside of cholera victims 1832, 1849, and 1854. Sister Rosalie’s actions during the cholera epidemic were described as “utterly fearless” as she “remained calm and unshakeable as she organised relief services for her beloved poor”. Rosalie Rendu represents the Daughters of Charity’s philosophy of meeting the needs of the most marginalised and vulnerable. Rosalie’s Place ensures that this heroine will remain an integral part of our bright future.

Above: Sylvia D’Souza House Manager Seton Villa with Carlene and Melissa at their new home ‘Rosalie’s Place’. The purpose built SDA home enable the ladies to learn life skills for greater independence and choice.

 

“We have more open space and therefore more space to be working and to manoeuvre which makes it safer. It’s a clean, fresh environment with a brand new office. The ladies are more settled and easier to work with because they’re living with friends who are a very positive influence on each other. I hear Susie say ‘come on Carmel, you need to clean your room’ and she does it.”

“Our kitchen is so much bigger so the ladies are doing lots of baking (we have a qualified pastry chef on staff). The ladies have their own washing days, they do 60% and we offer the 40% support as required. I believe our staff can step back a little more because I can see their capabilities growing. They’re becoming very independent and this can transition out of home, when they’re in community.”
Sylvia D’Souza, Rosalie’s Place House Manager Seton Villa

“Carmel is in the two bedroom apartment, giving her a sense of independence and freedom. Prior to moving we were supporting and improving her competency in cooking, learning new recipes, helping her make healthier choices. She takes a lot of pride in her cooking. We were teaching her living skills for the move towards more independence, such as laundry, cleaning, personal grooming and hair care. She took everything on board, going from strength to strength. She has settled in well, and loves living with her flatmate Susie.”
Emma Bell, House Manager Seton Villa

 

“I can see for Carmel and Susie in the semi-independent apartment, it gives a greater sense of home, independence, their own rights. The new home has been so beneficial for Carmel and a wonderful addition in her journey through life. She will be able to take the skills and confidence she has developed out into the community for greater independence.”
Emma Bell, House Manager Seton Villa

 

Above: Emma Bell, House Manager Seton Villa, with Melissa and Carmel, arriving at their new home

 

“The new houses have purpose-built bathrooms and kitchens, more technology and more ergonomics. The ladies in the apartment have their independence and privacy, and they’re taking ownership for everything in their home. They have their own keys to enter, it makes them feel empowered, and they’re becoming more responsible. Their rooms are so clean with minimal requirements from staff.”
Sylvia D’Souza, Rosalie’s Place House Manager Seton Villa

 

What makes Seton Villa Special

Seton Villa promotes the experience of autonomy both in small, everyday matters (e.g. what to eat, what to wear) and in large, life defining matters (e.g. with whom to live, what sort of work or functional/meaningful activities to engage in). Individual bedrooms are decorated to personal taste and communal spaces are warm and inviting places to be for residents, family and friends.

Seton Villa encourages each resident to have the experience of being part of a growing network of personal relationships that includes close friends beyond immediate family and support staff. Genuine social inclusion – the sharing of ordinary places that define community life – and citizenship, are valued for all members of the Seton Villa community, regardless of the level of ability.

Seton Villa is a work of the Daughters of Charity and maintains a culture of spirituality that understands the immense dignity and value of every individual as made in the image of God. This spirituality may be expressed through engagement with a local church if the resident so desires.

How to apply

Women with intellectual disability who have been assessed as eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and/or their Person Responsible are invited to contact Seton Villa for a preliminary visit and discussion with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on (02) 9888 5244 or info@setonvilla.org.au.

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