We Interview participants, loved ones and support teams extensively & we read all of the information that’s available about the participants histories and diagnoses and we then provide a preliminary opinion as to Participants’ likely SDA eligibility prospects of success.
We need to know all about Participants’ Wishes and Needs for their Housing, including locations, ideal living arrangements, optimal formal and informal care
arrangements, ideal housing types, optimal designs and inclusions (including assistive technologies). We also need to know Participants’ past Housing Histories and what has worked and what could be improved.
We Liaise and collaborate with Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Service Providers. We guide them through the elements and language of the SDA Rules to optimize the effectiveness of their reports. We can recommend OT's well versed in SDA and who can work remotely and we will also happily work with Participants’ OT’s.
The SDA Rules are very prescriptive about processes for assessing appropriate types (design category and building type) and locations of housing for Participants and we follow these to the letter.
We find out whether there’s any suitable housing options currently available for participants in appropriate locations and we report on that – and if there’s not we also find out what might be soon to be available and suitable.
In several places the SDA Rules require that we make the case for Value for Money of any SDA outcome. We assess in particular value for money as it relates to the available SDA outcomes and we also cite the results of academic studies in general as to the positive effects that suitable location, design and amenity have on future costs generally.