Information about a range of home modifications products and services can be found on the National Equipment Database under the category ‘Design & Building For Access & Safety’.
Manufacturers are producing an increasing range of equipment for people with disability, older people and their carers.
The Australian Standards for Housing Design also provide guidelines for designing an accessible environment. For example, they illustrate zones for mounting grab rails and provide a range of preferable bench heights.
The Standards, however, do not provide a simple formula that can be used with any person in any home. Individual solutions require thorough consideration of the person’s needs now and in the future. Collaboration between builder and/or architect, occupational therapist, the individual and their carers will lead to a cost effective long term solution to suit all parties.