Home modifications are changes made to the structure of your home so you can continue to live safely and independently.
Modifications such as bathroom and toilet adaptations, grab rails, safety locks, raising and lowering of cupboards, improved lighting, non-slip flooring, ramps, outside support rails and the widening of doorways can:
- enhance your independence and confidence in everyday tasks such as showering, toileting and meal preparation;
- increase your safety and security and make things easier to use;
- reduce your fear and risk of falling and caregiver stress; and
- enhance your quality of life by enabling you to continue to participate in daily activities.
When are Home Modifications required?
Many homes are not well designed to meet the needs of people with disability, older people or their carers.
When areas of the home are a barrier to doing everyday activities comfortably and safely then it is a good time to look at how home modifications can assist you to adapt and overcome these difficulties.
What does the ILC provide?
The Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) provide consultation and assessment for home modifications. This includes free information and advice from our Assistive Technology Service about your home modification options to support greater safety and independence.
In addition, through our Community Allied Health Services our occupational therapists can visit you at home to complete an assessment, provide suitable recommendations, liaise with home modification providers and help work with you to manage the process from start to finish.
Our aim is to help you to live independently and safely in your home.
If you fall under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) you may be eligible to access funding.
Contact our Assistive Technology Services (ATS) today to speak to one of our occupational therapists about your needs. Call (08) 9381 0608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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