“If you, your loved one or your clients’ emotional, social or physical needs are not being met in their current housing, or they have created their own residential situation and are unsure what they are entitled to, it’s hard to know where to begin.”

Jo-Anne Bennett, OT and Housing Solutions Team Manager

What is SDA

One of the supports that may be funded for participants within the NDIS scheme is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). SDA refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. Funding is only provided to a small proportion of NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs who meet specific eligibility criteria.

SDA funding under the NDIS is intended to stimulate investment in the development of new high quality dwellings for use by eligible NDIS participants. It does not refer to the support services, but instead to the homes in which these services are delivered.

How can ARC help you?

Our highly trained  team understand the various housing models of supported accommodation and can guide you towards the most suitable and innovative models. We are working at the forefront of housing model innovation and will focus on what is and ideal model for you – not what is simply available or what you can be “fitted into”.

In early 2018 ARC began working with the NDIS to assist participants realise their housing goals in this new space. We are central in the housing solutions process to assess functional and support needs and reporting those recommendations to ensure your goals and support needs can be met. We will help you get the right balance of formal and informal, 1:1 and shared supports.  Our comprehensive reports inform Supported Independent Living (SIL)  applications and budgeting.

Our housing solutions team have assisted hundreds of people and their families to find solutions most suited to them utilizing mainstream options, housing modifications, assistive technology solutions and  Specialist Disability Accommodation. This means that as one of the largest providers of SDA eligibility assessments you can trust that we have the expertise to provide the right solution for you.

As a holistic profession that considers physical, sensory, cognitive, and the social /emotional  aspects of a person and how these interplay with each other and affect peoples’ daily occupations, we are passionate about the life changing outcomes that result with an enabling physical environment and supportive social model and will support you to find your best housing solution.

How to get started.

Your situation is unique and in order to assist you in finding the best housing solution possible, we recommend booking a consultation to discuss your options. This can be done in our clinic or on the phone. This consultation can pull all your information together and help to provide you with a plan on how to move forward and achieve your housing goals.

What we have achieved

We have now supported 162 individuals and their families and numerous organizations and sector professionals  to better understand the opportunities and eligibility of SDA. With this high volume of eligibility applications, we are proud to be able to say that of all the SDA eligibility reports submitted we have had not had a client declined.  We place a huge importance in producing a high quality and well researched document, clearly portraying the client story and their unique support needs and housing solutions.

Opportunities for you…

We look forward to continuing to see these life changing opportunities become available to our valued clients and excitedly anticipate the future where more people are living in environments that support them to meet their goals.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Jo-Anne Bennett, Occupational Therapy Manager: jo-anne@archealth.com.au

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