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Home Modifications

Occupational Therapy Services 
Home Modification

Levaro Occupational therapists are experienced in recommending minor and complex home modifications for clients living with a wide range of disabilities and medical conditions

Home or environmental modifications can be performed to improve accessibility and liveability in your home.

Minor or non-complex changes may include: 

  • Widening doorways

  • Installing grab rails in bathrooms and toilets

  • Installing toilet bidets

  • Changing tapware in bathrooms and kitchens

  • Removing steps

  • Reinforcing ceilings for the installation of ceiling hoists 

  • Installing handrails on stairs and paths

  • Installing a hand-held shower hose in the shower

  • Installing sensor lights

  • Installing fans or air -conditioning 

  • Installing automated doors or locks 

Occupational therapist helping an elderly woman to safely complete daily tasks
Occupational therapist helping a young woman with disabilities to make a cup of tea

 

 

The NDIS classifies minor home modifications as modifications that don’t change the structural parts of the home or cost no more than $20,000 to complete

There are two categories:

  • Category A minor home modifications cost under $10,000

  • Category B minor home modifications cost between $10,000 and $20,000, or involve minor modifications to a bathroom floor

Accessible bathrooms

Occupational Therapy services 

Major or complex
home modifications 

For major or complex home modifications, The NDIS requires an experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) to assess and recommend changes to the design of a space to facilitate increased independence and enhance the client's quality of life.
On completion, an OT must certify the effectiveness of the modification and its suitability to meet a person's goals and future needs.

Major or complex home modifications can include:

  • Installing ramps to replace stairs for improved access

  • Installing stair climbers, platform lifts, or elevators

  • Modifying bathrooms, removing baths and shower recesses, and replacing them with a step-less shower design​

  • Modifying kitchens to increase adequate functionality, including changing bench heights and cupboard configurations

  • Introducing home automation technology

For clients who have had their major home modification request approved by the NDIS, the approval will usually provide recommendations and funding for a building works project manager (BWPM) to help them with the building scope review and appointment of builders or other suppliers.

 

 

Levaro has a registered Building Works
Project Management service available

What can I expect from an Occupational Therapy home modification assessment? 

Our Occupational Therapists offer a caring, professional, and personalised service.
 

We will visit the client’s living space to: 

 

  • Learn about the client’s lifestyle and goals

  • Gain an understanding of the medical conditions or disabilities that are impacting their daily life

  • Assess the client's mobilising around their space, identifying any limitations and challenges within their living environment

  • Listen and collaborate with the client to set goals for improvements for a more functional and appropriate solution

  • Discuss and consider all possible options to allow a client to be as safe and functional as possible within their home

  • Documenting recommendations for both minor and complex modifications, outlining what functional benefits should be expected

  • On approval, liaise with project managers and/or the installers of the recommended modifications to ensure a safe and effective solution has been delivered

Any question? Request a call back

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