Our housing projects have a strong focus on supporting tenants to be as independent and included as possible, encouraging tenants to have as much control over their home as possible and providing a home environment that supports maintenance of family roles and contact with friends and family.
These aspects are key drivers for our approach to design, and are supported by the following objectives:
In order to achieve our mainstream design objective, apartments have ordinary features and use mainstream products and equipment, rather than disability specific design, wherever possible.
The long-term potential to sell the apartments on the open market, or to rent them out on a short or long-term basis in the event of unforeseen circumstances, is a consideration in the selection and design of apartments.
Housing for people with significant disabilities has to cater for both people with physical disabilities who often use large electric wheelchairs and people with cognitive disabilities, sensory disabilities and progressive changes in abilities over time. Some people live with a combination of these disabilities. We have worked to incorporate in our design cost-effective and simple customisation and adaption solutions that will enable simple modifications in response to the individual needs of the tenant(s) living in the apartment.
Living options and design approaches for people with significant disabilities have often been restricted by a paternalistic focus on safety concerns. In order to respect the rights to dignity of risk for people with disability, our approach has been to focus on design and features that support independence and choice about risks, rather than from a protective and limiting perspective.
With the introduction of the NDIS and its insurance framework, it is important to consider the way in which design, products used and options available for individual customisation of features can contribute to savings in life time support costs. This framework has influenced the inclusion of a number of design features and our product selection.