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Home Modification

Most existing homes are not designed to accommodate older people, younger people with a disability, or carers and if you need help to:

  • get in and out of your own home;
  • go to the toilet;
  • shower and dress yourself; or
  • prepare your own meals.

Modifying your home may enable you to remain in the home longer.

 

What is a Home Modification?

Home modifications are changes made to the home environment to help people to be more independent and safer in their own home and reduce any risk of injury to their carers and care workers. Modifications to the home include changes to the structure of the dwelling e.g. widening doors, adding ramps, providing better accessibility etc. and the installation of assistive devices inside or outside the dwelling e.g. grabrails, handrails, lifts etc. Home modifications assist people with disability and older people to be more independent and may reduce the need for ongoing assistance.

 

How do I arrange a Home Modification?

The process for arranging home modifications will depend on the type of home you live in, where in Australia you live, and how you would be funding the modifications.