NDISP Says No to Managing so Many Properties
As the SDA market matures we are at a loss as to why there are still so many terrible properties being designed. We have written about this before but it’s worth revisiting as we want good SDA stories, not so much rubbish being built as there is now.
NDISP’s mission is to get as many people out of inappropriate accommodation and into places they are happy to call home. The SDA funding is sufficient to allow quality properties in all locations, there is no need to cut corners.
Unfortunately so many investors are going to have massive vacancy issues as they are lured into advertising by builders and marketers who are building cheap inappropriate rubbish. There are ads constantly on facebook and google by builders and marketeers that state they are SDA experts and yet you look at their designs and they just don’t work.
NDISP is often asked to take over these properties once they have been sitting empty or when the provider who was “advising” the builder or marketeer turns out to not be able to deliver.
Passing SDA or LHA Standards Doesn’t Make Fit for Purpose
Just like the other categories, just because something meets the standards doesn’t mean it is fit for purpose.
We were recently asked to manage houses on 400m2 blocks that met both HPS and Robust standards but that were fit for neither. Wider doors and spaces, but not big enough for power chairs to get through and even most walkers, but low ceilings, shower screens and so much else wrong.
Below are the most common problems we see.
SDA Property Problems That Can’t Be Fixed:
High Physical Support SDA
- Doors smaller than 1200mm
- Hallways less than 1500mm
- bathrooms not big enough to shower in shower bed
- bathrooms not big enough for 2 support workers to shower someone
- bathrooms not big enough to transfer someone in
- bedrooms not beg enough to transfer someone
- spaces around ends of bed that are not significantly larger than 1000m
- Small Living areas in shared accommodation
- Houses for > 3 people
- corners in hallways and living areas
- shared accommodation (Robust SDA participants need to live alone)
- small blocks of land – Robust SDA needs to be well separated from neighbours – acreage preferred
- low ceilings
- no exit – one way rooms that support workers can be cornered in
All SDA Categories
- Shared bathrooms
- small living areas
- >3 people in one house
- located in middle of no where in new estates on cheap land
SDA Property Problems that are More Expensive to Fix Later
High Physical Support SDA
- no automated doors
- automated doors that need a button to be pushed
- being in a unit complex where the lift, foyer doors and gates aren’t automated (touchless)
- toilets next to showers
- ceiling fans installed
- spit system air conditioners
- shower screens installed
- lack of casual surveillance from OOA to entrances and exist
Robust Needs Large Blocks – Noise Separation
The majority of participants requiring Robust SDA need large blocks (acreage) for one or more of the following reasons:
- triggered by noise from neighbours
- make loud noise that upset neighbours
- confrontational personalities that benefit from separation
- being within walking distance to shops etc can increase likelihood of risky behaviours
How to Reduce the Likelihood of Developing a Terrible SDA
Firstly, If the property doesn’t exceed the SDA design guidelines then it is unlikely to be fit for purpose. The guidelines are available online and they are set as an absolute minimum. You could build an 80m2 house and meet the building guidelines, but would anyone want to live there. This is especially the case for High Physical Support and Robust properties.