The value of home modifications

AHURI Home Mods report 2008With changes to the way services are now provided through NDIS and My Aged Care, the argument for maintaining state funded home modification services is somewhat obsolete. However, within the findings of the AHURI report is a section on the qualitative research on older people and the perceptions of their homes in terms of ageing in place.The original aim of the research was to provide evidence for ongoing policy development for home modification programs in Australia given that homes have not been designed to cater for the lifespan – a span which is likely to include disability or frailty in older age.

The report is titled, “The role of home maintenance and modification services in achieving health community care and housing outcomes in later life”, and is by Andrew Jones, Desleigh de Jonge and Rhonda Phillips for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 2008.