Robust Housing Has Varying Degrees Above the Standard
The Standard for SDA Robust Housing is:
- Liveable Housing Australia ‘Silver’ level.
- Resilient but inconspicuous materials that can withstand heavy use and minimises the risk of injury and neighbourhood disturbance including:
- high impact wall lining, fittings and fixtures (e.g. blinds, door handles);
- secure windows, doors and external areas;
- appropriate sound proofing if residents are likely to cause significant noise disturbances (if required must retro-fit in new builds if not previously installed at building stage); and
- laminated glass.
- Layout with areas of leaving or retreat for staff and other residents to avoid harm if required.
- Consideration must be given to providing adequate space and safeguards throughout the property to accommodate the needs of residents with complex behaviours.
NDISP SDA Robust Housing
NDISP has been working hard with providers on SDA Robust housing for a long time. We were only going to introduce robust designs into our portfolio of properties once we knew as much about them as we did about High Physical Support and Fully Accessible. We also wanted to spend a lot of time with various care providers in this space making sure that we could identify best practice.
All NDISP Robust Housing Include:
- 3m high ceilings
- impact check walls (over ply or 300mm stud spacing – builder dependent)
- laminated glass windows
- double framed cavity walls between bedrooms with insulated cavity for sound proofing
- double framed walls with TV recessed into wall behind perspex framed into wall for smooth, inconspicuos but damage resistant surface
- solid core doors with 4 hinges to metal door frame
- dimmable LED recessed lighting
- warm and calming colour schemes
- designs to feel as far from institutional as possible
- No shower screens
- No sharp edges to cabinetry
- Ensuites to Every Bedroom
- Soundproof Secure OOA
- Front facades indistinguishable from neighbouring properties
NDISP SDA Robust Housing Can Also Include:
- separate lockable butlers pantry with fridge/freezer, additional sink, hotter water, and sharp, heavy or breakable objects can be stored
- almost self contained living area inside the dwelling for each participant
- significant separation and minimal numbers of participants (if not individually separated villas)
- large outdoor areas and large block
We always work with care providers, participants, and their loved ones as may be appropriate for the particular situation to ensure that our properties not only exceed the standard, but are fit for purpose.
SDA Consulting Has a Great Guide to the Highest Degree
Whilst we don’t currently work with them, SDA Consulting’s How to Design and Build Robust Housing contains a guide on how to build robust housing. The photos below are taken from their site to illustrate their designs and also to encourage interested parties for this level of SDA to visit their site (NDISP may also do Robust to the highest degree). As acknowledge by them, some of their components (as are some of ours) may be considered restrictive practices. Their design recommendations include:
- the kitchen is locked off and through a servery;
- The meals area is picnic bench style
- Outdoor areas have unscaleable walls