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Kitchen design aspects I might need to consider for cognitive impairment and attention issues

Last Updated: 26th November 2017
Basic ideas include storing dangerous items in locked cabinets or use hidden switches and control lockouts. Smart stoves are a useful innovation. S...

Grab rail installation into fibreglass showers or modular units

Last Updated: 12th November 2017
The main issue with grab rail installation into fibreglass is fourfold. Fibreglass exposure from working with it; Waterproofing; Fibreglass crack...

Do I need to contact my home and contents insurer prior to modifying or structurally altering my home?

Last Updated: 12th November 2017
The short answer is yes, as Home Modifications are typically not covered by existing house and contents insurance. So despite keeping up payments and ...

Home Modification general inquiries

Last Updated: 12th November 2017
The quickest way to find a Home Modification Service within your area is to contact My Aged Care (over 65 or aged between 50-64 years and Aboriginal a...

Is the HMinfo Clearinghouse able to assist with complaints about home modification jobs?

Last Updated: 28th July 2016
The HMInfo Clearinghouse does not have any authority to respond to complaints on home modification jobs. However, the law requires a builder to ...

Request for Evidence around the recovery benefts for critically ill patients from access to a natural setting

Last Updated: 14th April 2016
There have been a number of studies of the impact on patient health via natural settings and views. Unfortunately the Home Modification Clearinghouse ...

Should builders add a grabrail besides the toilet based on Australian Standards for Access and Mobility (AS 1428.1)?

Last Updated: 1st April 2016
Typically, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) calls up AS 1428.1 for technical specifications relating to grabrail provision for people with a disab...

Home Modification Service levels and eligibility criteria for Home and Community Care (HACC) service users

Last Updated: 25th January 2016
To be eligible for a HACC funded service you must have a moderate, severe or profound disability or be caring for someone with the disability. People ...

What dimensions are required for a Platform step for mobility frame and walker access?

Last Updated: 2nd October 2015
In Australia there are no Building Standards that provide recommended dimensions. Historically this was a supplementary recommendation in AS1428.2 199...

How was the value of information to Home Modification and Maintenance service providers assessed?

Last Updated: 6th July 2015
Our website development was based on in-depth qualitative research involving just under one third of the HMM service providers in NSW. A copy of the '...

Has the Clearinghouse project team considered any overseas models in developing this website?

Last Updated: 6th July 2015
Numerous websites that promote accessibility, universal design and home modifications were explored and evaluated. These sites were based in countrie...

Will education and training be provided for the Home Modification and Maintenance coordinators?

Last Updated: 6th July 2015
The Clearinghouse project team recognises the importance of education and training to introduce the new website. If you are having difficulties using ...

Whom can we speak to if we have concerns about the information on the website or want to offer suggestions?

Last Updated: 6th July 2015
We encourage everyone to make comments and suggestions. Our contact details (phone, fax, postal address and email) are available in the Contact Us pag...

What is the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse?

Last Updated: 6th July 2015
The Home Modification Information (HMinfo) Clearinghouse is a web-based facility that aims to support home modification decision-making, and to provid...

What is a home modification?

Last Updated: 27th October 2014
Home modifications are changes made to the home environment to help people to be more independent and safe in their own home and reduce any risk of in...

Can I use an electric overhead hoist at home, without installing it on the ceiling?

Last Updated: 22nd October 2014
Electric overhead hoists can be a space-saving and convenient transfer option for the home. Overhead hoists are also often better suited for lifting a...

Is compliance with the Building Code of Australia - 04 stair design principles for staircases sufficient?

Last Updated: 24th April 2014
If stairs are unavoidable, builders should talk to owners about how the stairs might be adapted in the future. For instance, builders could ensure tha...

What is the Coefficient of Friction (COF)?

Last Updated: 24th April 2014
The Coefficient of Friction givens an indication of the slip resistance of a surface. The coefficient of friction value is expressed as a number betwe...

Could a builder be considered negligent, or be held liable if a user slipped on the bathroom floor after construction?

Last Updated: 24th April 2014
This is a difficult question and depends on the quality of construction (degree of trip and slip hazard risk considered reasonable) and the wording of...

Why can't data on Coefficient of Friction (COF) values of timber be located?

Last Updated: 24th April 2014
The Home Modification Information ClearinghouseSystematic Review of timber decking (Bridge, 2002), and the timber slip resistance Forum held in Februa...

What is an RSS feed?

Last Updated: 13th February 2013
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary but could be explained as a news feed that goes to your email, tablet or smart phone. News feeds are an easy way to ...

Why is the lack of Coefficient of Friction (COF) values of timber an issue?

Last Updated: 19th July 2006
The lack of known published COF values of timber assuming normal mobility, let alone abnormal gait, wheelchairs etc. make it hard to comply to some ...

What demographic changes are driving the need to change residential construction practice?

Last Updated: 19th July 2006
The Australian population is ageing. The current life expectancy is 81.5 years for females and 75.9 years for males. The likelihood of reporting mobi...

What causes slips, trips and fall injuries?

Last Updated: 27th February 2006
Any underdevelopment or diminishment of capacities impacts a persons ability to transport themselves independently and safely. Mobility requires a f...
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