Home modifications are changes made to the structure, layout or fittings of your home so you can continue to live safely and independently.
Modifications including bathroom and kitchen remodeling, installation of ramps and rails, relocating light switches, adding safety locks and non-slip flooring, altering cupboard and bench heights, installing lever taps and the widening of doorways can:
- Enhance independence and confidence in everyday tasks such as showering, toileting and meal preparation
- Increase safety and security and make things easier to use
- Reduce the fear and risk of falling and caregiver stress; and
- Enhance quality of life by enabling people 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.
An Occupational Therapist (OT) can work with you to determine what modifications are necessary to meet your needs.
What does the ILC provide?
The Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) can provide a range of home modification supports and services depending on an individual’s eligibility and individual needs.
Our home modification services include:
- Consultation and Assessment
- Determining eligibility for assistance and funding
- Information and advice from our Assistive Technology Service about home modification options to support greater safety and independence
- Arranging an in-home assessment by one of our OT’s to complete an assessment, provide suitable recommendations, refer to and liaise with home modification providers and help work with you to manage the process from start to finish.
- Organising the supply and installation of materials
- Obtaining building and planning approvals
- Project coordination
- Financial assistance.
There are several options to access funding for home modification services. Depending on your income and the type of funding program, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of your services.
People aged 65 and over (over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders)
- You may be eligible to access funding via My Aged Care. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides entry-level support, including subsidised home modifications and assessment through Allied Health services. Home Care Packages provide home modifications as part of a package of services.
Children and people under the age of 65
- You may be eligible to access funding via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Home Modifications in Regional WA – Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)
ILC is the provider of CHSP Home Modification Services to My Aged Care clients in select regions of Western Australia. Eligible clients living in the Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid West, Pilbara and Kimberley regions can be referred to our service for assistance with the organisation and cost of simple and complex home modifications. All modifications require supporting clinical justification from an Occupational Therapist. For more information please contact the CHSP Home Modification Service Coordinator on 08 9381 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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