Environmental Modifications

Occupational therapists working in home and environmental modifications work with clients to improve the quality of life for older adults in their home environment so that they can continue to safely and independently stay in their home as they age. Modifications may include changes to the structural, layout or design of a home to improve accessibility and livability of a client’s home.

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Guidelines on application of the Premises Standards
The Australian Human Rights Commission released these guidelines ensure the accessibility and safety of all new and upgraded public buildings in Australia. These standards align with changes to the Building Code of Australia effective 1 May 2011.

Home Modification Information Clearinghouse
The Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) is a Commonwealth Government funded information service that helps people make informed choices about modifications to their home aimed at improving safety, ease of access and comfort for older people and people with disability. HMinfo provides free research and technical publications to support older people and people with disabilities, home modification service providers, practitioners, the building industry and researchers. In addition to providing home modification information to the community, HMinfo hosts discussion forums, Apps, a service directory and other free services.

Purchase the Australian Standards AS 1428. 1-5(Set) – 2010
Published in 2010, this series of documents contains the set of Design for access and mobility Set (AS 1428 (Set)-2010) for purchase.

Livable Housing Design
Launched in 2010, the Livable Housing Design guidelines were published buy the Department of Social Services and include the description for core easy living elements that aim to make a home more responsive to the changing needs of home occupants.

FAQs: Complex Home Modification (CHM) Assessor Competency and Assistive Technology Delays
Developed by OTA with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), these FAQs have been released to help address the number of enquiries from members about CHM assessor competencies and delays with approvals of AT applications.

Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA)
ARATA aims to facilitate the advancement of Rehabilitation (RE) and Assistive Technologies (AT) through information sharing for those involved in the use, prescription, customisation, supply and ongoing support of assistive technology.

National Assistive Technology Alliance (NATA)
Initiated in 2017 by ARATA and several Independent Living Centres, NATA works to influence policy and industry standards in the AT sector focussing on assistive technology use, innovation, manufacture, supply, provision, service delivery, research, education or oversight.

My Aged Care FAQs: Home Modification Aids & Equipment
This document has been developed by OTA to address the number of enquiries from members about Home Modifications Aids and Equipment to assist OTs working with older people.

Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)
Organisations who may assist with "Gap" funding for home mods and equipment can access information regarding Funding, Grants & Tenders from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Assistive Technology and Equipment in the Sleeping Environment
Published by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, these guidelines provide the mandatory requirements and additional information for the implementation of assistive technology in the sleeping environment.

Supported by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, TasEquip is a statewide scheme to provide supportive equipment options for eligible clients to support basic, everyday tasks.

HACC Living at Home Assessment Tool Guidelines
These guidelines, published by Victorian State Government, provides useful information regarding responding to a referral for a home assessment, the process to follow to organise a home assessment and what to consider when conducting a home assessment or deeming an inpatient 'safe for discharge' to their home environment.

DVA: Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP)
Updates to the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) by the Department of Veterans Affairs have been published specifically regarding changes to the supply of Mobility and Functional Support (MFS) products and services.

Contact the Archicentre to discuss issues and processes relevant to the provision of home modification recommendations to clients.

Home Renovation Loan
The Department of Human Services has published Information and resources to assist eligible clients in seeking a loan for renovations to their home as part of the Home Modification service. 

Building & Renovating - A Guide for Consumers
Published by Consumer Affairs Victoria, this series of resources contains useful information about building and renovating, construction and planning responsibilities, definitions and checklists.

Master Builders Australia
With over 120 years in the industry and representing 32,000 builders throughout Australia, Master Builders Australia provides information for consumers and professionals to research and contact registered and qualified builders for home modifications.

State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP)
Formally Ballarat Health Services, the State-wide Equipment Program or SWEP aims to improve independence and facilitate community participation for those living with a permanent or long-term disability or are frail aged with subsidised aids, equipment and home and vehicle modifications. SWEP can also provide subsidies for equipment and modifications costs.

The Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP)
Published by the Department of Health and Human Services, these resources provide information and guidelines for those living with a permanent, or long term disability and their carers. Information includes details about with subsidised aids, equipment, home, and vehicle modifications.

Independent Living Centre Tas (ILCTas)
Independent Living Centre Tas (ILCTas) provides information, advice and resources about assistive technology to support independent living and participation throughout Tasmania.


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