Assistive technology ready & home automation for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Independent Living Made Easy Assisted living and Smart Home Automation technology is enabling people with disabilities to live fuller and more rewarding independent lives. New home automation technology maximises the ability of those with disabilities to live independently by enabling control of their home through smart devices and voice control. The technology is seamless in its simplicity of use and is designed for use by people with disabilities in mind.  There are endless scenarios where smart home technology can help everyday living... Building Specialist Disability Accommodation that is Assistive technology ready with home automation allows users to live with a....

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....

SDA 2 Hour Backup Requirements Explained

SDA 2 Hour Backup Requirements Explained

Design Specification The SDA standard below requires a 2-hour emergency backup in the event of a power outage for 2x GPO points (general purpose outlets) in a participant room for a range of equipment. The most suitable emergency backup device to accommodate the requirements is a UPS system.   Types of equipment that may require redundant power Ventilator Ceiling hoist Emergency notification alarm Electric bed controls Alternating air mattress CPAP device Door controllers Suctioning equipment Small fridge for medication Communication decices Air-conditioning is typically not factored into the design load, however, the two-hour capacity provides a participant who is reliant....

Alarm Notifications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Deafgard Emergency ALarm for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Being woken from your sleep by a smoke alarm or similar is not something most of us think about. But what if you are deaf or hard of hearing and cannot hear emergency alarms in an emergency? Deafgard is an alarm that you can see but more importantly feel when you are asleep as it has an intense vibrating pad that is placed under the pillow that will wake the heaviest of sleepers. There are fire alarms you hear and those that you feel. Deafgard has been specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing in fire and emergency....

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