Here’s Why Smoke Alarm Controllers Can Be a Valuable Addition to SDA Homes

Red RAC Wireless Smoke Alarm Controller

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) provides a range of housing options for those with very high support needs and extreme functional impairments. SDA homes include a range of accessible features that allow participants to live more independently while accessing the support services they need.  An SDA home falls under one of four categories: Improved Liveability, Fully Accessible, High Physical Support and Robust. The accommodation can be located anywhere, but it must include design features that are customised to suit the needs of the occupant. This could be structural adjustments or internal fittings such as automated doors and height-adjustable benches for those....

SDAs Must Have Sprinklers

Kew Cottages Tragedy

. Spanish philosopher George Santayana stated, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” It appears with the rollout of specialist disability accommodation we have learnt nothing from the past in how to keep people with disability safe.   Are we building fire traps for SDA Participants?   The History of the Kew Cottages Tragedy?   View the Kew Cottages history in brief   In April 1996 nine men were killed in a fire that swiftly and violently engulfed their unit at Kew Cottages, a residential institution for people with intellectual disability. But are the SDAs we are....

Upgrading an Existing House to Specialist Disability Accommodation

Refurbishing House for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Each week we receive a number of calls from people looking to convert an existing 1a house into Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Whilst this is possible it generally is not a cost-effective exercise.   The Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation 2021-22 states for New Build is as follows: A dwelling is a New Build if it meets all of the following five conditions: 1). either: a) it was issued its first certificate of occupancy (or equivalent) on or after 1 April 2016; or b) it has been renovated or refurbished and issued with a certificate of occupancy (or equivalent)....


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