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Rocky Bay opens WA’s first Specialist Disability Accommodation

Apr 8, 2020

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Rocky Bay has opened Western Australia’s first new build Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) home in Girrawheen, in a new era of contemporary housing design and bespoke housing options for people living with disability.

Designed and constructed in partnership with Dale Alcock Homes and KPA Architects, the two three bedroom, two bathroom duplex homes enjoy over 200sqm of living space and meet the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) SDA design guidelines.

A contemporary design that fits within the context of the street and suburb, the homes boast two distinct front elevations to give the feeling of independency to residents.

Both homes are fully accessible and include a $5,000 home automation and assistive technology system that allows residents to have choice and control over their environment.

Rocky Bay CEO, Michael Tait, said it was exciting to see the Specialist Disability Accommodation vision come to life.

“A renewed focus on housing for people living with disability has been a long time in the making, and Rocky Bay are proud to be leading the way in contemporary supported accommodation within the disability sector.” Mr Tait said.

“Our new homes are managed by a team of Rocky Bay’s highly trained staff, who pride themselves on taking the time to listen to our customers’ needs, and tailoring support plans to suit their lifestyle and goals.

“Residents are assisted to get involved with community events, organised activities, connect with friends and family, and choose the lifestyle they want to lead in their home and in the community.

“If you are looking for your perfect new home, look no further than Rocky Bay.”

The home comes turnkey ready and includes the following features:

  • High ceilings and well-positioned windows to bring in natural light and create an uplifting and bright atmosphere
  • Solar power, to reduce the cost of living
  • Smart plugs, allowing devices to be controlled from anywhere in the home
  • Google home assist and voice control technology
  • Wi-Fi and NBN connection
  • iZone lights
  • Voice controlled motorised blinds
  • A security system and secure gate, with intercom and swipe card access
  • Staff quarters, with access to both homes
  • Individually controlled air conditioners in each bedroom and the main living area
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Ceiling hoists and the provision for future installations to bedrooms and bathrooms in unit A
  • Private outdoor spaces for each home
  • Native and water-wise landscaping provides a sensory experience for residents

Rocky Bay currently has five two-bedroom SDA approved properties located in Mosman Park, with plans underway to build many more across the Perth metropolitan area.

Residents who register their interest early will have the ability to influence the overall home design, help determine the best location for their new home, choose the furniture package for common areas and influence finishes, such as flooring and colour selection.

The Federal Government’s SDA initiative is aimed at increasing accessibility and affordability of SDA housing in Australia and generating greater investment in accommodation for people living with disability, by providing a boost for eligible NDIS participants.

The SDA funding will provide opportunities for those living with high or complex needs to be supported in appropriate accommodation which is purpose built to meet their requirements. It will also provide eligible participants with great flexibility in choice and more control in deciding where to live and with whom.

SDA will need to be included in eligible participant’s NDIS plans to allow customers, their carers, guardians or families to have the freedom to go to market to find or commission a home that suits their individual needs.

Customers can directly test their eligibility for SDA with a dedicated national team available to guide the planning and assessment processes and provide greater assistance to customers.

For more information on Rocky Bay’s long-term supported accommodation, or to your register your interest, please call 6282 1900 or visit www.rockybay.org.au 

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