Living in a safe, comfortable and familiar home is a fundamental necessity for all people, including those with disability. Of course, for many people with varying degrees of disability, finding housing that is appropriate for their needs can be a challenge, as there may be some specific physical requirements that aren’t necessarily standard features in many homes. This is where disability service providers such as St Jude’s come in.
We offer disability accommodation options in both our WA and Queensland locations. We have houses in most suburbs throughout Perth and the South West region, as well as a few suburbs in Queensland. These houses have been designed with accessibility in mind, and can be modified to include a range of assistive technologies to account for a range of needs.
Through your NDIS plan, we can help you find the best accommodation options that address your unique needs in a location that is best suited to you.
Accommodation Options For People With Disability
St Jude’s offers a broad variety of disability housing options which are purposely designed to blend in to allow our clients to become part of the community. We offer a wide range of accommodation types to ensure that we meet the individual needs of those we support, including:
Shared living (with another person with disability, a partner, family members or friends)
Same gender accommodation
Wheelchair and accessible
Smoke free households
What Level Of Support Can St Jude’s provide?
At Jude’s we offer Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), Supported Independent Living (SIL), Independent Living Options (ILO), Drop-In Support, and short term respite accommodation. Your eligibility for each depends on your individual needs and the nature of your disability, as well as the level of care you require.Your boarding and lodging funds available in your NDIS plan also needs to be taken into account in order to find accommodation within your budget.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
SDA arrangements include a higher level of care for those who need 24-hour assistance. Our Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) may include modifications, assistive technology, or SIL support to accommodate your individual requirements. Our goal is to create a home for you that is comfortable, safe, and allows you to easily perform your daily tasks without any physical barriers, providing you with the freedom and independence you deserve.
Supported Independent Living (SIL)
St Jude’s offers NDIS-approved Supported Independent Living (SIL) options for people with disability. These options include shared, supported accommodation with other individuals or independent living with support for daily activities. In shared accommodation, there is typically space for 2-4 people per home, with 1-2 support staff available 24/7. The level of support provided is customised to meet the needs of each individual living in the house. In addition to assistance with meals, personal care, medication, and transportation, our SIL services allow for independent living with the added support of socialisation and activities with other people with disabilities, the opportunity to have visitors and pets, and the freedom to choose your own meals.
Independent Living Options (ILO)
Clients who don’t need round-the-clock care may choose ILO as part of their NDIS housing plan. Clients who require ILO may only need periodic extra help, however, achieving this level of independence may only be possible if the home is sufficiently configured with the required assistive technologies.
NDIS Drop In Support
At St Jude’s, we offer a range of housing options, including Drop-In Support, which allows you to maintain a high degree of independence while still having access to support as needed. This service is unique to St Jude’s and is available on a flexible, as-needed basis. In addition to drop-in support, we also offer shared accommodation in multiple units or villas, with a support person available 24/7 for assistance. This service is quick to set up and can be provided across a variety of housing options. Drop-in support is covered under NDIS Core Funding and does not require an NDIS SIL quote for approval, making it easy to access immediately without a waitlist.
What are the benefits of disability accommodation?
The benefit of disability accommodation is that it is always tailored to your individual needs. The better your house is set up for you, the greater the sense of independence. Whether you or your loved one is in a supported independent living situation (high support needs) or an independent living option (lower level support when required), finding the right home is essential to achieving a better quality of life. For some, this may look like shared group homes, while for others it may come in the form of a private home. Accommodation options are all assessed depending on the individual, and their unique needs, circumstances and preferences.
With the help of your housing exploration plan, we can then determine what home modifications may be required, and then the level of in-home support that is required to complete daily tasks.
What Are Home Modifications?
Home modifications are custom changes to a home to improve accessibility, and can range from minor to complex, depending on the unique needs of the client. Home modifications can be helpful in these scenarios:
The individual has difficulty moving throughout home safely
The individual struggles with completing personal care, such as showering or bathing
Some rooms in the home are inaccessible
Difficulty in achieving goals in your home due to disability
Modifications can improve a carer’s ability to support the individual
To read more about home modifications, refer to the NDIS website here.
So, Can The NDIS Help With Housing?
St Jude’s is a registered NDIS service and housing provider, which means that participants can use part of their NDIS funding to pay for the most appropriate accommodation that is available to you.
In regards to specialist disability accommodation, the rules are constantly in review, and individuals applying for SDA are considered on a case by case basis. NDIS participants may be eligible for SDA funding if they have extreme functional impairment and/or high support needs. This person may have a reduced functional capacity when it comes to mobility, personal care and self management, and may therefore require professional support, as well as support from family in their day-to-day living.
To stay up to date with the current rules around SDA, refer to the NDIS website here.
Access High Quality Disability Accommodation Through St Jude’s
Everybody is different, and every person with a disability has their own individual needs. As a registered national disability insurance scheme provider, you can be rest assured that with St Jude’s you or your loved one is going to get the best level of care that is available. Not just in terms of ongoing care, but also when it comes to getting you or your loved one set up in a home that feels comfortable, safe, and conducive to a greater sense of independence in life.
For more information about our NDIS disability accommodation options, please get in touch with us here at St Jude’s and we’ll be sure to help you get started on your journey to a more comfortable, independent and fulfilling life.