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Aug 2023
August 2023

SDA Explained: What is Robust Housing?

What is Robust Housing? We explore key design features and considerations that create a comfortable, safe, and independent environment for individuals with high support needs.

In this blog post, we discuss the key components of the SDA Robust Housing design category. Read on to learn more!

Robust SDA homes are custom designed dwellings for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities or high support needs. These homes prioritise safety, accessibility and comfort, and feature resilient building materials and high level physical access provisions to reduce the need for reactive maintenance and repairs, and minimise risk to participants and carers.

Robust homes are designed with a focus on creating a calming environment, incorporating elements that reduce sensory overload and provide a soothing environment for tenants.

Good Housing’s Robust homes create supportive and comfortable living environments for our tenants, and are designed to promote independence while enhancing the quality of life for individuals with high intellectual support needs. Key features include:

Durable Materials and Robust Fixtures: Our Robust dwellings are designed with durable materials that can withstand intensive use and are resistant to damage. This includes soft impact, vinyl flooring (highly durable and provides shock absorption to minimise the risk of physical injury), robust wall finishes and durable fixtures and fittings throughout each property.

Curated Colours and Interiors: Our Robust dwellings feature curated colour palettes and custom design features, designed to support the sensory environment for individuals with high intellectual support needs. All features and design elements are carefully curated to ensure a calm, soothing environment for all tenants.

Sensory Sound Proofing: Our Robust dwellings are equipped with advanced soundproofing materials to minimise external noises and disturbances, while protecting the privacy of individuals with high intellectual support needs and behaviours.

Reinforced Walls, Doors and Safety Glass Windows: Our Robust dwellings have reinforced walls, doors and doorframes to provide added strength and security. What's more? Windows in our Robust dwellings feature laminated safety glass to minimise the risk of breakage and damage while providing additional safety and protection.

Increased Safety Measures: Our Robust dwellings prioritise safety and comfort, and include such features as fire-resistant materials, smoke detectors and fire suppression systems. In addition, our Robust dwellings include custom egress doors for secure entry and exit, to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and support workers.

Provision for Assistive Technology: Our Robust 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.

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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