There are 4 specialist disability accommodation design categories we could fund if you are new to specialist disability accommodation:
- Improved liveability – housing with better physical access. It also has more features for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairments. For example, you may need walls and floors that are very easy to see, living areas that mean your support workers can see you easily, or very few stairs in your home.
- Fully accessible – housing with a high level of physical access features for people who have lots of physical challenges. For example, you need to use a manual or powered wheelchair at home, or can’t use steps.
- Robust – housing that is very strong and durable, reducing the need for repairs and maintenance. The way it is built should make it safe for you and others. This type of design category may suit people who need help managing complex and challenging behaviours. We think about how often you currently cause property damage, and the extent of the damage.
- High physical support – housing that includes a high level of physical access for people who need very high levels of support. For example, you may need a ceiling hoist, backup power supply, or home automation and communication technology.
We also think about whether you’ll need different features in your home in the near future. For example, you may be getting older or your disability support needs are changing quickly.
How do we work out the right design category for you?
We look at your individual needs when we work out which of the 4 specialist disability accommodation design categories meets your needs. A design category refers to the features you need in your home, based on your disability support needs.
We look at how the features of each design category would make your other supports easier to access or use. We’ll also think about how all your supports work together.
For example, a design category isn’t right for you if it makes it harder to get other supports. And a design category isn’t right for you if it would be risky for your health and safety.
When we work out your design category, we look at reports from health professionals. We also look at the goals you want to pursue.
We’ll consider things like whether you need additional space around your bed, bathroom or kitchen to be able to use them. Or if your care needs require particular features.
We select the design category that helps you get your other supports, and has the features you need to live there. We’ll also think about the support model that best suits your needs.