Moving into new housing designed for people with disability: evaluation of tenant outcomes - interim report
Suitable housing is essential for stability, dignity, and quality of life. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides housing payments for people with disability and complex care needs who require housing specifically designed to maximise independence or improve the efficiency of the delivery of person-to-person support.
The preliminary findings presented in this interim report examine the tenant outcomes of people with disability moving into Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funded apartments, with appropriate technology, support, design and location, in the 10+1 model. The overarching aim of the research project is to systematically evaluate individual outcomes of tenants moving to newly built, SDA-funded contemporary models of housing for people with disability over a 3-year period.
To date, this project has found that tenants have a greater level of community participation and are significantly more involved in household tasks such as meal preparation, shopping and electronic social networking post-move. There is also a positive trend towards improved social integration. These changes reflect the fact that tenants moving into SDA-funded apartments are more involved in everyday life compared to their pre-move living situation, suggesting that the 10+1 model better enables people with severe disabilities to fulfil their aspirations to live an ordinary life.