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Home modifications

If you have a disability or condition that restricts your day-to-day living, it can affect your ability to remain living in your home. Sometimes, simple modifications can be the difference between staying at home and moving to specially designed premises.

Government-funded home modification services

The Utopia Community Care program provides help with home modifications for people with a disability or condition that restricts their day-to-day living.

Types of modifications

Major modifications

Major modifications include significant structural changes to a home such as lift and ramp installations and complex bathroom structures

Services include:

  • initial home assessment
  • occupational therapy assessment
  • arranging the preparation of building plans and specifications
  • cost estimation
  • project coordination of building modification
  • post-modification assessment
  • referral and information.

Minor modifications

Minor modifications include adding small, low-cost aids and equipment to the structure of a home to improve accessibility.

Services include:

  • customised bed blocks
  • bed board
  • bath seats
  • chair platforms
  • hand-held showers
  • non-slip treatment
  • grab rails and hand rails
  • step modifications and step ramps
  • shower curtain rods and screen removal
  • door wedges
  • light switch and power point relocation.

How much do I pay?

Each organisation delivering Community Care services has its own policy on fees. Most services ask for a small contribution—this depends on your situation. Special arrangements may be made if you cannot afford to pay a fee.

Apply for Community Care services

You can read more about Community Care access and eligibility, or contact a Community Access Point on 1800 600 300.

Home Assist Secure provides safety related information, referrals and subsidised assistance to eligible clients unable to undertake or pay for critical maintenance services without assistance.

The range of services provided through Home Assist Secure includes free information and referrals or subsidised assistance related to minor home maintenance, modification, repairs, falls prevention and home security.

To be considered for subsidised assistance, home owners or tenants with a disability or who are over the age of 60 must hold a pensioner concession card and be unable to complete the work themselves. In addition, they must be unable to access assistance from family and friends or other services.

Free information and referral is available to homeowners or tenants with a disability or over the age of 60.

Generally, Commonwealth Home Support Programme or Utopia Community Care clients will not be eligible for maintenance or modification services through Home Assist Secure.

Home Assist Secure does not undertake work that is considered to be the responsibility of the landlord (lessor) under residential tenancies legislation or other tenancy agreements.

Accessible home design

Read about accessible home design and renovation (includes advantages, universal design principles, and links to relevant building codes).

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Last updated:
17 June 2015

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