In The Media | 15 June 2015

Family fights Disability Services to stay together

Nona Westenrieder doesn’t want a lot – just a chance to keep her family together.

Ms Westenrieder’s parents, Merv and Helen Leneham, took in four boys with severe disabilities when no one else would.

She, along with her sisters and elderly parents, have been locked in a battle with Queensland’s Disability Services for the past three years to keep her four brothers in the home they grew up in, with the appropriate support and care they need.

With Merv and Helen now 82 and 77 and with health issues of their own, the family has approached disability services to replace the care they have provided for the past four decades with paid workers.