Everything You Need To Know About Specialist Disability Accommodation(SDA)

December 4, 2023    |    By Madeeha Usman    |    11 min read
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Are you looking for a place to live that can accommodate your requirements and provide you with more freedom? If this is the case, then specialised accommodations for people with disabilities might be the best choice for you. Although receiving financing for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) can be a challenging and time-consuming procedure, certain actions can be taken to increase the likelihood of success. We have compiled a guide in this article that will assist you in navigating SDA.

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation?

The acronym SDA stands for "Specialist Disability Accommodation," and it refers to a form of housing that was developed specifically for people who have disabilities and significant support needs. Accessibility elements are built into the SDA homes, giving occupants the means to live independently and to offer assistance to others in a manner that is both more effective and less hazardous. The following categories of people are eligible for the SDA:

  • People who have both impairments and significant needs
  • Persons who can fulfil both the NDIS funding criteria and the SDA need requirements.

Participants in the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodations program are guaranteed to have access to housing that is of a high standard, is up to date, is easily accessible, was designed with care, and is thoughtfully laid out. The SDA provider will get these funds immediately, and they will be used to pay for construction and upkeep. Every member will only be responsible for paying rent that is affordable and covering essential day-to-day expenses such as utility bills.

Since money can only be used to pay for the capital (bricks and mortar) costs of the house and to encourage investment in high-quality SDA dwellings, the SDA does not give financing for one-on-one help. For instance, if you have an acquired brain injury, complex mobility challenges, or an intellectual handicap, then the SDA will make sure that you have a home that is suitable for your requirements so that you can receive the necessary care.

The SDA provides people with disabilities with options in living settings and ensures that home designs are adequate for persons with disabilities, including lighting, access spaces, and amenities. SDA also enables people with disabilities the ability to choose which living environments they want to live in. The single-family residences that have been transformed into SDA housing range from those that were originally part of mixed-use projects.

How can you qualify for SDA?

Only a select few (about six per cent) of NDIS participants who meet certain eligibility requirements and have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs are eligible to receive SDA funding. If you have a severe functional impairment, it indicates that you have significant difficulty performing daily duties on your own or that you are unable to do so. You may have a very difficult time:

  • Getting into and out of bed
  • Getting dressed
  • Getting around town
  • Preparing food
  • Gaining entry into the community

It also means that you require a significant amount of support from another person to carry out these activities. This is in addition to any assistive technology that may be used or any other adjustments made to the home.

If you are considered to have "very high support needs," then there is a possibility that you could qualify for SDA. This could imply the following: 

  • Your 'informal supports,' which are those who assist you but are not compensated for it, such as family or friends, are unable to fulfil all of your personal care requirements.
  • You have spent a significant amount of time living in a residential facility for the elderly or in a group home.
  • It may be hazardous for members of your family or your circle of friends to assist you, and it may also be hazardous for you.

When determining whether or not you have these kinds of support requirements, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which is in charge of running the NDIS, looks at a range of different facts. These are the following:

  • Any information that you receive from your primary care physician or other allied health professionals
  • Any information from your existing service providers
  • Your daily support requirements

In addition to this, the NDIA will evaluate whether or not SDA will provide you with long-term benefits for the following:

  • Keeping an eye on the prize
  • Increasing your functional capacity (or assisting you in performing more tasks with less assistance)
  • Lowering the amount of reliance you have on one another's support
  • Improving your ties with your family, neighbours, community organisations, educational institutions, and places of employment

When a plan is approved or reviewed, eligibility for SDA funding is one of the criteria that is taken into consideration. Your initial plan with the NDIS might include financing for support coordination and therapeutic support, which would make it possible to conduct evaluations and look into other housing options that would be more appropriate. Assessments such as the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) assessment, the General Living Skills or Functional Capacity examination, and the Balance and Mobility assessment (as part of the Functional Capacity Assessment) are all required to decide whether or not funding from the SDA should be allotted.

This information will be used by the NDIS to determine whether or not you are eligible to receive SDA payments as a reasonable and required support. The funding from the SDA could subsequently be considered for your subsequent plan review. If the NDIS determines that you are qualified to receive SDA payments, your NDIS Plan will list those payments under the heading "Capital Support." Within your plan, you will find information that explains the dwelling type, the SDA house design category, and the location sponsored by the SDA.

To be eligible for funding for SDA, you not only have to demonstrate to the NDIS that you require high-level support, but you also have to emphasise that there are no other suitable options available and be prepared to back this up in your planning meeting. Make it crystal obvious to the Local Area Coordinator (LAC) that the primary objective of your life is to live on your own and that to do so, you require funding from the SDA.

Benefits of SDA

There are a great many benefits that come along with utilising specialised lodging. The following are some of them:

1.  A stress-free timetable  

Housing provided by SDA is individualised to meet the requirements, and preferences of each participant. Family and friends can also have peace of mind knowing that they will receive the necessary medical attention and care in their time of need.

2. Independence

People can take charge of their lives, become self-sufficient, and gain independence with the help of SDA housing by performing basic chores that provide them with the opportunity to gain freedom. These can include things like completing your chores around the house, taking part in activities that you find enjoyable, and socialising with anybody you like.

3. Supports 24/7

Participants receive a great deal of assistance from one another through the Group Homes and from SDA housing as well. People who live in close quarters with one another are better able to empathise with one another and lend a helping hand. This will make you feel less lonely by allowing you to connect with other people and will help you create a solid support system.

4. Extra assistance and services

With support from the SDA, the SDA accommodation will be customised and redesigned to be more user-friendly and easily accessible. The following characteristics can be found in these residences:

  • They are in a position that enables aid to be provided via line of sight.
  • Make use of lighting that responds to different senses.
  • A design that can be moulded according to the need
  • The same physical, sensory, and mental capabilities can be supported by a variety of different traits.
  • There are individualised forms of support available to cater to your particular requirements if you so desire.

What does financing from the SDA cover?

Participants who are qualified for the NDIS and need financial assistance to cover the costs of the physical environment in which they will live and get their day-to-day services can apply for money from SDA. There are a few things that, depending on the building and the SDA provider, might set an SDA home apart from others. Some examples of these things are as follows:

  • Cooking surfaces that are easily accessible
  • Restrooms and other amenities that are accessible to wheelchair users
  • Lifts and various other forms of assistive technology
  • Intelligent technology, such as lights and window coverings that may be activated by touch or voice, among other things

What characteristics should an SDA provider have, exactly?

When searching for a reliable SDA provider, there are a few factors that should be taken into consideration, and these include the following: 

  • The property must be owned by a provider who is registered with the NDIS.
  • The SDA provider is responsible for managing any conflicts of interest that may arise. The suppliers of lodging ought to constantly act in the participants' best interests and supply them with up-to-date information on the many housing options that are available to them.
  • One of the conditions for NDIS enrollment that SDA properties must meet is that they must meet relevant design demands.
  • The NDIS plan specifies the location, kind, and features of the members' new homes, and those homes must be compatible with those requirements.
  • In a contract with an SDA provider, you will determine not only the support services you will receive but also the price, the quality, and the rules that you will abide by.

What is the main dissimilarity between SDA and SIL?

Money for SDA is typically allowed for participants who have severe impairments or a significant demand for help, whereas funding for SIL is typically approved for participants who want to live as independently as possible. You might be eligible for both SDA and SIL, but the funding for them would be handled differently in your NDIS Plan. You are free to select various service providers for each component of your plan if it includes financing from both the SDA and the SIL. This can provide you with additional options and control, as well as ensure that you receive the help that is most suitable for your needs.

Which qualities might an excellent SDA provider possess?

To be able to offer specialised accommodations for people with disabilities, a qualified SDA provider needs to be completely registered. When choosing a service, it is crucial to think about the things that are most important to you. Are you seeking a location that puts you close to your loved ones and your friends? Do you need specialised tools that aren't readily available in your region? The lodgings must provide the comforting atmosphere of a home away from home. When you are sick or need a break, the setting should be comfortable, and the workers should be polite and welcoming.

Do not be hesitant to ask questions; this is your opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the specialised accommodations for people with disabilities, the available services, and the costs associated with those accommodations. If there is something you don't understand or if you feel uneasy about, please don't hesitate to ask questions. Providers of specialised disability accommodations and assistance through the NDIS are available to assist you. Make sure they are aware of the preferences and requirements you have stated.

Any kind of disability, whether mental or physical, qualifies an Australian for participation in the specialist disability accommodation scheme. SDA providers now have a fantastic opportunity to improve the quality of accommodations they offer to individuals with disabilities and make them more accessible thanks to incentives provided by both the disability sector and the government. After the NDIA gives its approval to your SDA funding application request, you can then start looking for a place to live.

Care Assure in Australia has been confirmed to offer all these and more to all those who require our service. Care Assure delivers personalised and compassionate support that caters to all your unique needs. Our team of trained caregivers is dedicated to improving your loved one's quality of life and enabling them to live in our SDA accommodation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help provide a good care experience for your loved one.

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