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Innovative housing

We have built a brand new five-bedroom home in East Brighton, Melbourne for five of our St John of God Accord clients who have an intellectual disability.

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

This is a model for future St John of God Accord and other disability homes, particularly for those with an intellectual disability.

The house opened in June 2019, and a further 10 houses will be built in the coming years using this model as a blueprint.

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, SamsungQuantify, BCDS Group, Philips Lighting, Data #3, 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 state-of-the-art house meets the high physical support needs as defined by the specialist disability accommodation NDIS category, and the platinum level Liveable Housing Australia design guidelines.

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, donate or register interest for future housing?

Contact:

Tel: 1300 002 226
Email: Accord.CEO@sjog.org.au