Getting home modifications

Disability modifications in community housing

If you are living in a community housing property and you need the property to be modified you may be eligible to have modifications installed through your community housing provider.

Modifications include:

  • ramps
  • grab rails
  • lowering bench tops
  • lever taps
  • removal of a bath.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must meet all of these criteria:

  • the condition or disability is long term or permanent and impacts on your housing needs
  • the person needing the modifications won't be moving out of the property in the foreseeable future
  • verification of the need for modifications and its impact can be provided from a health or disability worker.

How to apply

Complete a disability modifications request form (118.5 KB DOC) and return it to your community housing provider.

You may be offered another property more suitable to your needs rather than having a modification installed in your current home.

Verification from a disability or health worker may be requested if the modifications cost $1000 or more. Your health or disability worker may also be asked to provide information on the specifications of the modifications required.

If you have received a compensation payout which has provided money specifically for the provision and installation of modifications you may be required to contribute to the cost of having these installed.

If your compensation payout provided for the maintenance of modifications, the cost of their ongoing maintenance and upkeep may be your responsibility and not that of your housing provider.

Other help to stay independent at home

Many organisations and community groups offer different types of assistance to help people stay independent at home.

Things they can help with include:

  • personal care and hygiene
  • grocery shopping and meals
  • medical assistance and support
  • transport for appointments
  • social gatherings and functions.

Find services in your area through the SA Community website.

Your local council may be able to give you contact details for community groups in your area who could help.


Related information

On this site

Remaining independent in public housing

Other websites

Seniors Information Service

Downloads

Disability modifications policy (773.3 KB PDF)

For an alternative version of a document on this page contact Renewal SA.


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Page last updated 30 November 2016

Provided by:
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
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Last Updated:
30/11/16
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