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Innovative housing

We are building a brand new five-bedroom home for five of our existing St John of God Accord clients who live with complex intellectual disability in East Brighton, Melbourne.

The house incorporates the latest technology to enhance our residents’ quality of life and to enable them to live as independently as possible.

This will form the Enabled Lifestyle Blueprint for future St John of God Health Care and other disability homes.

Construction of the house is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.Why technology is being added to our newest home

We are incorporating the latest technology to give our residents more independence at their home in East Brighton. This is just one way we are enhancing the lives of people with disability everyday.

We are working with HomeStay and their partners Quantify, BCDS Group, Signify and WorkM8, to use technology such as smart home innovations, digital processes, colour therapy and access control to give our residents to have:

  • more independence while maintaining their safety and wellbeing
  • more experiences and increasing their levels of independence within a group home environment
  • digitise work processes to allow greater one-on-one time between residents and carers.

How do we know if the technology makes a difference?

To help us better understand how technology is enhancing the lives of our residents’ we will be able to collect key metrics and data analytics. This will help us understand how technology can assist and what technology we should continue to invest in, not only in our newest home but also in our existing homes.

Deakin University is also undertaking research to independently evaluate how effectively the technology benefits the lives of our residents.

Does this house comply with the NDIS?

The house is being built to a platinum standard (as defined by Livable Housing Australia) under the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) scheme for clients with complex needs.

The home will be an example of how we can use technology to provide people with disability better access to personalised, high quality and innovative support and services - a key objective of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

How can I find out more or donate to this house?

If you would like to find out more about this house, the technology or donating to this project, contact:

Tel: 1300 00 2226
Email: Accord.CEO@sjog.org.au