The Honda Foundation and Keema Bayside Honda have donated vital equipment worth more than $8,000 to Asher House, a new state-of-the-art complex providing accommodation for those living with acquired brain injuries and high care needs.
The money has been spent on purchasing much-needed bathroom equipment to make it easier for residents with limited mobility to shower, as well as ensure safety for both the residents and carers.
“We know that each year 4,000 Queenslanders develop a serious disability through acquired brain injury. The Honda Foundation is honoured to be able to fund essential equipment that will make everyday life easier for Asher House residents,” Chairman of The Honda Foundation, Mr. Stephen Collins said.
“Over the past 24 years The Honda Foundation has donated more than $9 million to various organisations. Honda is a very community focused company and the funds available through the foundation have changed the lives of thousands of people,” he said.
Asher House is a Wesley Mission Queensland initiative located in the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum, providing a permanent and comfortable home for life to 12 Australians living with acquired brain injury. Asher House opened to the public in July this year with the 40-bed facility providing live-in accommodation for Australians ranging in age from 35 to 55.
Wesley Mission Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of community services in aged care, children, youth and family, crisis and homelessness, disability, employment, social enterprises and lifeline telephone counseling services.
The Honda Foundation’s donation will allow Asher House to provide a safe, independent living environment for residents with limited mobility, creating peace of mind.
The purchase of two tilting shower commodes will make showering a more comfortable experience while the purchase of a portable floor hoist will give residents greater choice over where they sit and offer safe recovery in the event of a fall.
The Manager of Asher House, Mr. Garry Buckton, said the equipment will empower residents’ holistic wellbeing and increase morale.
“We are extremely overwhelmed with the donation, which has enabled us to purchase this vital equipment,” he said. “The shower commodes and portable chair hoists are extremely beneficial to support Asher House residents by assisting to develop each person’s physical independence.”