The Summer Foundation developed a small number of innovative housing and support projects in Abbotsford, Victoria and the Hunter region of NSW to demonstrate a new and more inclusive housing option for people with significant disability. The Summer Foundation is committed to widely disseminating this knowledge to encourage other organisations to replicate the model. This will increase the range of housing options available for these young Australians and prevent admission into residential aged care facilities.
The report documents the evolving insights about how to design housing to support people with significant disabilities to live in their own apartment with as much independence as possible. Well-located, well-designed accessible and adaptable housing coupled with smart home technology and appropriate support can increase quality of life and independence and has the potential to reduce life-time care costs.
The Colonial Foundation provided funding to the Summer Foundation for the creation of the report.
Housing Hub is an initiative of the Summer Foundation.
After acquiring a brain injury Will's close-knit family worked tirelessly to get Will home to his own apartment. "He's 27, like he's not meant to be in a nursing home."