NDIS Home Modifications
What are NDIS Home Modifications?
They’re changes to a person’s home that assist in access, safety, security and independence. Home modifications are designed and completed with a goal of helping keep someone comfortable in their own home.
In some cases, having a customised home is the difference between someone being able to remain in the relief and familiarity of their own home, or having to move into alternate housing, that may be more suitable for their needs. You may require NDIS home modifications if you have:
- Safety concerns moving around your home
- Concern utilising rooms within your home
- Difficulty with personal care tasks, such as showering or going to the toilet
- Carers of whom need to support you safely
Evolve Therapy Services’ Occupational Therapists specialise in NDIS Home Modifications, offering a range of services to support individuals in achieving accessible and safe living environments. Here’s how we can assist you:
Comprehensive Assessments: Our experienced professionals conduct thorough assessments to evaluate your specific home modification needs, taking into account your mobility, safety concerns and daily living requirements.
Tailored Solutions: Based on the assessment findings, we work closely with you to develop personalised plans that address your unique home modification goals. We consider your preferences, budget and NDIS funding to ensure a tailored and effective solution.
Integration with NDIS Plans: We understand the importance of aligning home modification recommendations with your NDIS plan. Our team collaborates with you to ensure that the assessment outcomes seamlessly integrate into your plan, maximising the likelihood of approval and funding.
Expert Project Management: We provide expert guidance and support throughout the entire home modification process, from concept to completion. Our team liaises with NDIS project managers and builders to ensure that your modifications are implemented to the highest standards.
Ongoing Support: Our commitment extends beyond the completion of home modifications. We offer ongoing guidance and support, monitoring your evolving needs and making any necessary adjustments to ensure your home remains safe, accessible and suitable for your requirements.
Evolve Therapy Services can help you navigate the NDIS Home Modifications process and create a living environment that promotes independence and enhances your quality of life.
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Types of NDIS Home Modifications
The NDIS categorises home modifications as either minor or complex, dependent on the level of complexity surrounding the modifications. Minor modifications are either Category A or B, depending on cost and one or two other factors and in accordance with the NDIS guide, generally:
- Are changes that are non-structural, meaning that the modifications will not alter the supporting structures of your home
- Only concern one or two areas in your home
- Possess a low risk of major problems being encountered during, or after works are completed
- Cost less than $20,000 in total
Complex home modifications as designated by the NDIS, are significantly more expensive and higher risk, from a safety perspective. They’re often structural adjustments to your home, that can involve multiple tradespersons.
From a complexity standpoint, they will likely require building approvals and permissions. They could involve a number of rooms, and/or adjoining areas and they can often be disruptive, taking a number of weeks to complete. Common areas of modification include:
- Bathroom modifications
- Kitchen modifications
- Access areas
- Mobility installations such as hoists, lifts and climbers
- Environmental controls
Our Complex Home Modifications article provides more detail here.
How Evolve Therapy OTs Can Assist With NDIS Home Modifications
Evolve Therapy Occupational Therapists are qualified NDIS complex home modification providers and registered with the NDIS. We work with you from start to finish on all minor and complex home modifications. Evolve OT’s can perform:
- Initial NDIS home modification assessment in your home
- Relevant NDIS home modification administration, reporting and application
- Sourcing of quotations, liaison with builders and NDIS project managers
- Ongoing liaison and administration with the NDIS as required
- Final handover and assessment upon project completion
Involving familiarity with NDIS legislation, modifications experience and liaison with tradespersons, the NDIS home modifications process is multifaceted, demanding a suitably qualified NDIS Occupational Therapist .
Partnering our experience with key people including builders, project managers, tradespersons, the NDIS and you to ensure home modifications meet key criteria and are suitable for your needs. Whether minor or highly complex in nature and from start to finish, Evolve OT’s pride ourselves on supporting and assisting NDIS participants throughout the entire process.
Contact us to discuss how we can assist.
NDIS Home Modifications FAQ’s
What guidelines do the NDIS use to determine whether home modifications will be funded?
The NDIS uses several guidelines to determine whether home modifications will be funded. These include:
- The modification must support the participant’s independence and enable them to carry out activities of daily living.
- The modification must be cost-effective and the most appropriate solution for the participant’s needs.
- The modification must align with the participant’s NDIS plan and support their goals and aspirations.
In order to determine if a home modification is eligible for NDIS funding, an NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator must assess the participant’s needs and make recommendations for appropriate modifications. The participant’s NDIS plan must include funding for home modifications, and the modification must be approved by the NDIS prior to any work being carried out.
It’s important to note that the NDIS may only provide funding for necessary modifications, and participants may need to contribute to the cost of the modification. NDIS home modifications are a crucial part of the NDIS support services and can help participants to live safely and independently in their own homes.
How do Occupational Therapists assist with Home Modifications?
Home modifications are changes made to a person’s home to improve their independence, safety and well-being. Occupational therapists assess a person’s needs and make recommendations for appropriate modifications.
The NDIS may provide funding if the modifications are deemed necessary and cost-effective. An occupational therapist can work with the person and the NDIS to ensure that the necessary modifications are made.
Will an OT come to my home to complete any assessments?
An Occupational Therapist will come to your home to complete any required observations and assessments. These assessments centre around what modifications are needed to a person’s home environment to support their independence, safety and well-being. This can include physical changes to the home’s structure, such as installing grab bars or widening doorways, or modifications to the home’s layout, such as reorganising furniture or adding ramps.
Having an Occupational Therapist assess an individual at home plays a crucial role in the home modification process, assessing a person’s needs and making recommendations for appropriate changes. In some cases, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may provide funding for home modifications through the NDIS home modification process. An occupational therapist can work with the person and the NDIS to ensure that the necessary modifications are made.
Get in touch
Use our enquiry form or speak with reception on 08 6183 1763