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Jun 2023
June 2023

SDA Explained: What is HPS Design?

Curious about what sets HPS homes apart? We explore the key design features that make these homes exceptional for individuals with high physical support needs.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a type of housing designed to meet the unique and varied needs of individuals with disability.

These homes are equipped with tailored support provisions and assorted modifications designed to promote independence, safety and comfort for individuals with physical, intellectual, sensory and cognitive disabilities.

In this blog post, we discuss the key components of the SDA High Physical Support (HPS) design category. Read on to learn more!

High Physical Support (HPS) SDA homes are custom-designed accommodations prioritising accessibility and support for individuals with significant physical disabilities or high support needs. They are constructed with durability and safety in mind, featuring supportive elements such as handrails, grab bars and high circulation space.

Good Housing's HPS homes create supportive and comfortable living environments, promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for individuals with high physical support needs. Key features include:

Open Plan Design: All HPS dwellings feature a spacious, open plan design with wide doorways and hallways to support tenant comfort and manoeuvrability. These dwellings feature minimal barriers and obstructions to ensure mobility and access are not hindered.

Accessible Bathrooms: Our HPS dwellings feature spacious bathrooms with high circulation space, designed for full accessibility and wheelchair access. Features include roll-in showers, grab bars, adjustable shower heads, shower chairs/benches and adjustable cabinetry.

Provision for Hoist Systems: Our HPS dwellings are thoughtfully designed to accommodate ceiling hoists. These structural provisions ensure the safety and well-being of both tenants and support staff, facilitating safe and efficient transfers. We work closely with tenants' funding requirements to ensure that the inclusion of hoist systems aligns with their individual support plans.

Adjustable Kitchen and Living Spaces: The design of our HPS homes incorporate adjustable bench-tops, which can be lowered or raised to suit the individual’s height and reach capabilities. Similarly, flexible, and adaptable furniture arrangements can be customised for ease of movement and comfort.

Provision for Assistive Technology: Our HPS dwellings are designed to be assistive technology ready, incorporating features such as environmental controls (e.g., automated lighting and split system temperature control), electronically controlled doors, and touch sensors. The inclusion of assistive technology is determined in collaboration with tenants and their individual needs, ensuring that the appropriate solutions are implemented.

Safety and Accessibility Features: HPS accommodations prioritise safety and accessibility throughout the property. This may include wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, vinyl flooring, handrails, ramps or lifts for accessing different levels, and appropriate lighting to ensure visibility and reduce hazards.

As with all elements of your SDA journey, all features and modifications will be discussed with your care team, occupational therapists, and designers to ensure your home supports your individual needs.

If you or someone you know is looking for SDA, we would love to help. Our Tenant Empowerment team are knowledgeable and passionate about the needs of individuals and the complexities of finding the perfect home.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today, and let's work together to empower extraordinary lives. Enquire now or contact us.

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