Healthcare technology provider HomeStay Care Limited (ASX: HSC) has partnered with St John of God Accord on a new start-of-the-art house designed for people living with an intellectual disability and complex needs.

HomeStay’s Caring Intelligent Homesystem is a key component in St John of God’s new Mavis Avenue house opening this week in Brighton, Victoria, with residents moving in later this month. The system includes an emergency hub, movement and bedroom and bathroom door remote sensors, the Carers’ Companion app that creates more quality one-to-one time between the carer and the resident and the MyDay app designed specifically for the resident to promote independence and reduce anxiety.

Part of the St John of God Enabled Lifestyle Blueprint Project, it follows the successful trial of the HomeStay technology announced on 14 March 2019.

The house has been tailored to meet the individual needs of residents with an intellectual disability and complex needs, with HomeStay’s technology a key part of the creation and construction of an enabled lifestyle within the house. HomeStay’s integrated assisted-living technology will enable residents to have greater independence and choice in undertaking daily activities. Other partners who have developed and provided assistive technology to the house include Samsung, Quantify Technology, BCDS Group, Signify Lighting, and WorkM8.

The house is specifically designed to incorporate technology that provides controlled independence for people with an intellectual disability. The state-of-the-art house meets the ‘High Physical Support’ minimum requirements as defined by the Specialist Disability Accommodation design category published by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the platinum level Liveable Housing Australia design guidelines

CEO of HomeStay, Philippa Lewis said, “HomeStay hopes that the rollout of our assisted living technology products in St John of God Accord’s new house will have a meaningful impact on the quality of lives of individuals living with an intellectual disability with concurrent complex needs.

“The Mavis Avenue house is an excellent example of organisations working together to provide technology focused accommodation for clients that are in need of specialised and customisable solutions to suit their living requirements.

“Our involvement with the Mavis Avenue house strongly aligns with our long-term strategic initiatives within the disability sector, and we hope to incorporate our scalable technology into other housing facilities of this kind. It complements our strategy in the aged care sector where we’re currently installing the Intelligent Home platform technology in up to 1,000 homes with Enrich Living Services.”

St John of God Accord Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Evans, said, “Mavis Avenue house represents a new level of accommodation for people with complex needs.”

“This house and all the technology within it will serve as a blueprint for future housing, with St John of God Accord committing a further $11.6 million to developing an additional 10 houses for people with an intellectual disability in the near future.”