Understanding Government-Assisted Home Modifications

As we age, the once-simple tasks of daily life can become increasingly challenging. However, the desire to maintain independence in one's home rather than an aged care facility remains strong. Fortunately, there are government-assisted home modification programs designed to support individuals facing mobility limitations or disabilities.

By understanding the available government-assisted programs and the types of home modifications offered, individuals can take proactive steps to create living spaces that are safe, accessible, and conducive to independent living.

What Are Home Modifications?

Home modifications encompass a broad spectrum of adjustments aimed at facilitating easier movement and improving accessibility within one's living space. These modifications are tailored to individual needs and can vary in scale and complexity.

  • Handrails: Installing handrails or grabrails in areas such as bathrooms and staircases can greatly enhance stability and safety, especially for individuals with mobility issues.
  • Ramps: For wheelchair users or those with difficulty navigating steps, the addition of ramps can provide seamless access between rooms or levels within the home.
  • Widening Doorways: Increasing the width of doorways ensures that individuals using mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walkers can navigate through rooms with ease.
  • Countertop Adjustments: Lowering kitchen countertops or adjusting their height can significantly improve accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges, enabling them to perform tasks comfortably.

It's important to note that these modifications benefit the affected individuals and support caregivers in providing assistance more effectively, fostering a safer and more inclusive living environment.

Government-Assisted Programs in QLD

The Australian government has several programs and home care packages that assist the elderly and disabled with home modifications. These services can help with the cost and installation of products designed to help the elderly and disabled. Below is more information on these services:

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

The NDIS is a cornerstone program catering to individuals with permanent and significant disabilities. It offers funding for home modifications as part of personalised support plans, aiming to enhance independence, well-being, and quality of life. Through the NDIS, participants can access funding for modifications that improve accessibility and safety within their homes, aligning with their unique needs and preferences.

Eligibility Criteria:

My Aged Care:

Designed to support older Australians, My Aged Care serves as the gateway to a range of aged care services, including personal care and home modifications. Eligible individuals can receive assistance with installing handrails, ramps, bathroom adaptations, and other modifications aimed at enabling aging in place. My Aged Care aims to empower seniors to maintain their independence and quality of life as they age.

Eligibility Criteria:

Home Assist Secure (HAS):

Operated by the Queensland government, HAS provides invaluable assistance to seniors and people with disabilities, enabling them to remain living independently in their homes. Services offered include minor home repairs and modifications, with funding available for essential changes such as ramps, grab rails, and bathroom adaptations. HAS plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals within the community.

Eligibility Criteria:

(Note: Queensland government website, but information for HAS program is not available online. Please contact them for details)

Community Care Smart Assistive Technology (CCSAT) Program:

Funded by the Queensland Government, the CCSAT Program aims to support individuals with disabilities in accessing assistive technology and home modifications. By providing financial assistance, the program enables individuals to live more independently and participate fully in their communities. Funding may cover a range of modifications, including those related to mobility, communication, and daily living activities, promoting autonomy and inclusion.

Eligibility Criteria: While information isn't available online, you can contact the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy for details. Their phone number is 13 94 38 (

Minor vs. Major Home Modifications

Minor Home Modifications (MHM) and Complex Home Modifications (CHM) serve different needs and come with varying eligibility criteria and funding structures. These classifications determine the scope of changes and the level of funding available to support them.

Minor Home Modifications (MHM):

Minor modifications typically do not alter the structural integrity of the home or exceed a certain cost threshold, usually set at $20,000. These modifications are categorised as either Category A (costing under $10,000) or Category B (costing between $10,000 and $20,000 or involving minor bathroom floor modifications). Funding for MHMs is determined based on assessments from qualified occupational therapists and current market costs in designated locations.

Complex Home Modifications (CHM):

Complex home modifications encompass changes that may affect multiple areas of the home and often require expert assessment and planning. These modifications may involve significant alterations to the home's structure or layout, such as combining rooms or installing specialised equipment. Funding for CHMs may cover expenses related to construction practitioners, project managers, and building certifiers, ensuring compliance with safety standards and meeting individual needs effectively.

Home Accessibility with Bendtech™

At Bendtech™, we understand the importance of home accessibility and independence, especially for individuals facing mobility challenges or disabilities. Our extensive range of mobility and accessibility solutions is designed to meet the unique needs of our customers, ensuring safety, comfort, and convenience within the home environment.

From handrails and grab rails to shower seats and threshold ramps, our high-quality products are crafted with precision and care to enhance daily living experiences. With Bendtech™, achieving home accessibility becomes not just a goal, but an empowering reality.

Contact us at 07 3290 4007 and our experienced team will help make your home mobility-friendly.