ROCKY Bay in Mosman Park has WA’s first Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) with five two-bedroom units available to eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.
The housing allows people with high or complex needs to be supported in appropriate accommodation that is purpose built to meet their requirements.
Rocky Bay resident Brian Matthews is eligible for SDA accommodation and is waiting for the NDIS to be introduced in Mosman Park but moved in to one of Rocky Bay’s now SDA-approved homes three years ago.
Mr Matthews, who works two days a week, said he enjoyed the independence of living in the modified home and the adjustable benches were particularly helpful.
Rocky Bay Home and Community manager Alison Rennick said the homes were north facing for sustainability, had adjustable benches in the kitchen to ensure the sink and cook top were accessible and were equipped with hoist facilities in the bathroom.
“The aim is to create a home environment so an individual can be as independent as possible,” Ms Rennick said.
“Clients get a choice of where they live and with who.”
In February, the Federal Government announced it would introduce reforms to reduce the red tape for developers and builders to construct SDA homes.
Rocky Bay chief financial officer Adam Maxwell said Rocky Bay had been talking to the cities of Wanneroo and Cockburn about building SDA properties in those areas.
“We have property in the City of Wanneroo we want to build purpose built accommodation on and we’ll make sure we include everything we have here,” Mr Maxwell said.
However, he said new homes could include more assistive technology.