What is a home modification?
A home modification helps a person to live safely and independently within their home. If you have a specific need due to a serious medical condition, disability, or because of age, the department can help you.
What types of help are available?
There are several types of help available such as:
- modifications to the bathroom, toilet or kitchen
- installation of fixed aids such as grab rails and hand rails
- installation of ramps for access to buildings
- advice from an occupational therapist on suitable modifications to meet your needs
What do I do if I think my property needs modifying?
If you require specific alterations or modifications to your home, please contact your nearest Housing Service Centre. You may need to supply medical documentation.
What happens then?
An occupational therapist will visit your home to assess your needs. They will recommend any necessary modifications that will improve your living conditions, health, safety or independence.
If approved, when does work start?
You will be notified which modifications have been approved and an anticipated start date.
What happens while the modifications are being done?
If the modifications require major work that renders the utility rooms (toilet, bathroom, kitchen) unusable, the department will consider temporarily re-housing you until the work is completed. This will be discussed with you prior to the work commencing.
What if my needs change and I require further modifications?
The occupational therapist will try to anticipate any future difficulties you may have. If you find that further modification is required, contact your nearest Housing Service Centre.