Why would I need home modifications?
One of the key services that our OTs provide is enabling the modifying of your home to be as safe and functional for you to complete your everyday tasks. This can include changing the structure, layout or fittings in your home to enable you to access and move around your home. You might have new equipment that doesn’t fit your current bathroom, carers that don’t have room to work, or you might be struggling to get up your front steps. With assistance from an OT, NDIS can support you to fund the modification of your home to best suit your needs.
What does the OT do?
- The OT spends time discussing with the client and family the safest way to modify your home to suit your needs.
- The OT will measure, design and complete our scope of works to meet your needs.
- The OT will then research suppliers and liaise with builders to obtain a quote, and ensure that they are able to complete the relevant modifications.
- The OT will then submit a detailed application to NDIS outlining all the justifications as to why this modification is reasonable and necessary.
- Sometimes the OT will have to spend time liaising with the NDIS to further explain why some aspects of the home modification and reasonable and necessary for the individual’s disability.
- Once the modification is approved by NDIS, and the work is completed by the builders, the OT reviews the changes, and ensures that it is safe, functional and will work for you far into the future.
What kind of home modifications are there?
Minor modifications may include:
- Rails and grab bars to access points, stairs and bathrooms
- Hand held shower hose in shower recess
- Removal of shower screens and hobbs
- Lever taps
- Non-slip treatments
- Removeable Threshold ramps
Major modifications may include:
- Complete accessible bathroom modification including level entry shower, installation of cavity sliding doors, raised toilet, accessible sinks and vanities, etc.
- Front access modification including ramps, raising of deck height to ensure level entry access to home, balustrades, external lifts,
- Kitchen modifications to ensure wheelchair accessibility (e.g. automated cupboards, wall mounted benches, adjustable cabinetry and shelving).
Our OTs will take you through the process step by step and ensure that the you are well informed of their progress. Small, or large, home modifications can make a huge difference to how comfortable and safe you feel in your home.