Home modifications are changes made to a person’s living space to increase usage, safety, security, and their independence. They can benefit clients of all ages with health conditions, sensory impairments and cognitive disorders, and maximise their ability to participate in daily activities.
Evolve Therapy Occupational Therapists are trained in NDIS Complex Home Modifications and can assist you from start to finish with any home modifications.
The Home Modifications Process
Getting the process underway involves a specialised Occupational Therapist coming to your home and conducting an assessment and evaluation of your or your child’s environment. This usually takes approximately 2 hours and is an opportunity for you to identify issues and work together with a therapist on potential modifications.
Following this assessment, the therapist can then commence recommendations and relevant funding body applications. This usually involves some ongoing liaison between you and your therapist and submission of administration and applications to funding bodies.
Once approved, modification works can commence. Throughout this process, the therapist will continually liaise with you to ensure that works underway are adequate. Upon completion, a handover appointment will be scheduled to assess works, highlight any issues and confirm that you or your child can utilise the modifications in line with the overall plan.
Highlighting the importance of selecting an experienced Occupational Therapist, the home modifications process involves significant administrative work, constant liaison and ongoing monitoring.
Extensive experience working with NDIS Project Managers, tradespersons and the NDIS is critical, in ensuring that any home modifications are applied for and completed in accordance with relevant standards and funding body requirements.
Major home modifications usually consist of significant changes to the home. These could include:
1) Level Access Bathrooms
- Level access showers
- Non-slip tiling(>R10)
- Grab rails
- Door widening
- Accessible power points and light switches
- Mobility specific taps and plumbing fixtures
- Hand-held shower hoses
- Flip down shower seats
- Wall-mounted and wheelchair accessible vanities with easy access storage
2) Kitchen Modifications
- Non-slip tiling
- Accessible pantry spaces
- Mobility specific appliances
- Lowered benches
- Accessible sink
- Easy to use taps
3) External Access inc large Ramps and lifts
Minor home modifications consist of smaller, low cost installations such as:
- Grab rails and drop down rails
- Hand-held shower installation
- Lever style and easy to access taps
- Threshold ramps (doorways)
- Magnetic door catches
- Non-slip spray application to bathroom flooring
- Light switch and power point relocation
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