What are home modifications and how can it help you?
Home modifications are changes made to adapt your living environment to better meet the needs of people with functional difficulties. These functional limitations may arise from physical, sensory, mental or cognitive changes.
The goals of modifying the home maybe to improve your independence, to improve the ability of the care team to support a person’s care needs or to reduce personal safety risks so you can live without the threat of harm.
Home modifications is not just about the walls and floors it may also include adding assistive technology, assistive equipment as well as making structural changes to a home.
Home modifications can range from low cost but effective solutions of replacing cabinet doorknobs with pull handles or install small threshold ramps to improve wheeled access to full-scale construction projects which require bathroom modifications, lifts to wheelchair ramps.
So, please find a comprehensive resource list of home modifications be it for ageing or disability needs.
Start here with this straight forward survey to help you understand how your home suits your needs today and importantly tomorrow. This is an easy read home modification tick box for safe and independent living.
What Home Modification May Help You With Your Symptoms?
Low to moderate cost home modifications can make a home more “friendly” for living. If you have problems with you vision, or strength or perhaps just moving around is difficult then the list of possible solutions may be helpful.
Of course this is not therapeutic advice and your situation should be reviewed by a suitably skilled occupational therapist so that you can devise the right home environment for you.
That aside, you may find something to help with your situation.
Which Home Modification Programs Are You Eligible For?
Department of Veterans Affairs RAP Home Modifications(DVA)
Your eligibility for this program will be based on whether you’re a gold or white card holder. A person with white card will be eligible if the assessed need due to an accepted disability.
In order to access the RAP home modification program you’ll require a clinical assessment by a suitable therapist.
Commonwealth Home Care Packages (CHCP)
Following an ACAT assessment and approval, you’ll be able to access your approved level of home care. The goal of the home care package is help you live independently in your own home for as long as possible.
To achieve this, the home care package may be used to support home modification for seniors. This may include the use of aids and equipment as well as assistive technology.
Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
Depending on your needs, you’re able to access subsidised support to address minor home modifications such as the installation of safety aids such as alarms, ramps and support rails in your home
Home Modifications Under National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The goal of the NDIS home modifications are to enable a person to safely access and move around frequently used areas in their home which otherwise may be restricted as a result of their disability.
What Is The Home Modification Process?
Here is a straight forward home modification process fact sheet to understand the home modification process.
Here are quick links to relevant home modification standards and legislation
Of course this is not an exhaustive list and one we will attempt to curate. With that in mind, please feel free to talk to us about how we may help you with your Brisbane home modification needs.