Experiences of lifetime, supported accommodation can vary significantly based on a range of factors. ISCRR researchers have closely examined supported accommodation and how it can effectively be delivered to people with disabilities in Victoria.

Towards a holistic home modification design process Research Report

The research seeks to better understand whether holistic design thinking can expand the scope of ‘universal design’ principles and the manner in which these are usually applied when prescribing home modifications for people acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury who require a change in their home environment.

Authors: Bertram, N; Harry, H; Board, H

Keywords: neurotrauma; acquired brain injury; spinal cord injury; housing; accommodation; residential independence

Date published: April 2017

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Understanding behaviours of concern following traumatic brain injury Research Summary

Following a traumatic brain injury, the injured person can experience chronic and distressing changes in behaviour such as aggression, agitation, sexual inappropriateness and lack of interest in activities the person used to enjoy. These behaviours, termed ‘behaviours of concern’ can create significant challenges for the injured person, their family or their carer. The themes emerging from the study can be used to inform future interventions designed to reduce behaviours of concern by targeting the specific challenges identified by the injured individuals, their family members/carers and clinicians.

Authors: Ponsford, J; Hopwood, M; Kenardy, J; Gould, K; Hicks, A; Krivonos, I

Keywords: traumatic brain injury; acquired brain injury; neurotrauma; residential care

Date published: March 2017

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Transition to supported community living: An environmental scan and qualitative experiences of TAC clients Research Report

This project evaluated expectations for and experiences of transition planning and implementation for Transport Accident Commission (TAC) clients moving into new Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) models. As part of the project, an environmental scan of existing literature on consumer and family perspectives of transition to community living following traumatic brain injury was undertaken. Combined, this work aimed to use existing evidence and project findings to make recommendations to the TAC regarding transition planning information, planning and communication resources to maximise the success of RIPL and other accommodation transitions, including home and community integration, client satisfaction and outcomes.

Authors: Callaway, L; Miller, R; Migliorini,

Keywords: traumatic brain injury; neurotrauma; spinal cord injury; RIPL; residential independence; community integration

Date published: April 2016

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Best practice discussion paper: A comprehensive evidence-base for innovative design methods that canimprove accommodation outcomes for TBI and SCI residents Research Report

This discussion paper extends the pilot study, Design Contributions to Lifetime Care which conducted scoping research into best practice case studies of supported living models that demonstrate how architectural and urban design strategies can influence the quality and performance of dwellings that are occupied by people with disabilities. The pilot study identified two discrete discourses: a qualitative design discourse and an accessibility/ functionality discourse that are mostly unrelated. For example, there is substantial literature about universal design and making dwellings more accessible, but little understanding about how these small design moves relate to broader ideas and ambitions of improved ways of living and interacting in quality urban environments. At the same time, there are architectural publications aimed at designers that do not analyse the impact of eloquent designs on users. This discussion paper relates these two discourses by analysing a selection of high quality design local and international ‘best practice’ examples designed specifically for or highly relevant to people requiring support in their everyday living routines. In so doing, it seeks to make a bridge between best practice architecture/urban design and the user experience to create a holistic approach to supported living.

Keywords: design, housing, accommodation, residential, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury

Date published: October 2015

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RIPL Project one: Interactive Report Research Report

This interactive and navigable pdf document is a post-occupancy evaluation of RIPL Project One, a model of shared support bringing together the design of the environment and assistive technology to meet the needs of residents with near 24 hour care requirements. RIPL Project One opened in August 2013 and consists of four apartments and a small office for disability support workers within a larger medium density residential development in an inner suburb of Melbourne.

Authors: Tregloan, K ; Callaway, L; Meyer, B; Wood, R; Iannello, N

Keywords: RIPL; residential independence; accommodation; acquired brain injury; neurotrauma; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury

Date published: May 2014

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Evaluation of quality of life outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury living in shared supported accomodation Research Report

This observational study evaluated the Quality of Life outcomes for TAC and WorkSafe clients living in shared supported accommodation post sustaining traumatic brain injury. The research identified factors that promote or impede improved health, participation and quality of life outcomes and highlighted the areas that could be influenced by TAC and WorkSafe through targeted interventions. This study has been undertaken in an observational manner and has led to the introduction of a longitudinal study which will enable a comparison of client outcomes for people living in supported accommodation, housed in RIPL settings and those at home with high attendant care. This will help better understand the factors which impact quality of life outcomes long-term.

Authors: Callaway, L ; Winkler, D; Sloan, S; Moore, S; Hopwood, M; Tate, R; mental health

Keywords: traumatic brain injury; acquired brain injury; neurotrauma; residential independence; accommodation

Date published: August 2013

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Models of supported accommodation for people with traumatic brain injury: A systematic review Evidence Review

This review examined the models of supported accommodation for people with Traumatic Brain Injury. The review identified that there were limited options available to clients living with Traumatic Brain Injury. These options were largely through family care, residential care and group houses. Of the existing models, there is a dearth of evidence regarding their impact on outcomes for residents. The review also found that there was only limited information available at the time to support people with Traumatic Brain Injury and their families to plan the type of supported accommodation needed for long-term community living. A need was identified for further research in the areas of housing and support, and appropriate slow stream rehabilitation for people with Traumatic Brain Injury. The Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) project was set up to develop best-practice care for clients who sustain traumatic brain injury.

Authors: Callaway, L; Winkler, D; Sloan, S; Pattuwage, L; Osborn, W; Pitt, V

Keywords: traumatic brain injury; acquired brain injury; accommodation; RIPL; neurotrauma

Date published: May 2013

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