Millions of people across the world are living with a physical or mental disability. Whether someone needs simple assistance in everyday living or someone has more complex support needs, everyone deserves to live in a home that is functional and accessible to their needs.
Australia and the NDIS have recognised these needs and aim to assist participants to live full and meaningful lives, as independently as possible. Not only does this include assistance with daily life, but home modifications as well.
In this post, we will outline the top tips for making a home accessible and disability friendly.
Why You Need Disability Friendly Accommodation
Many people don’t realise the importance of a disability-friendly home. Traditional homes simply do not cater to those living with a disability and can make it difficult to properly and efficiently live, whether this is because areas are not wheelchair accessible, or not conducive to someone who requires support and assistance.
How Can You Make A Home Accessible?
Everyone is different and those living with disabilities are no exception. Every need is unique and requires a personalised solution. While one modification may work for one, it may not be helpful for another.
As such, the first step of making a home accessible for those living with a disability requires some planning. It’s important to have an understanding of your needs and what you will need to function day-to-day within your home.
This refers to architectural adaptations in the home that allow for a more independent way of living. This is especially important for those with physical disabilities such as mobile or visual impairment.
This may be as simple as widening doorways, adding handrails or lighting adjustments, to something more complex such as adding a ramp and stairlift or full bathroom modifications.
No matter the modification, these are important for everyone and there is a range of options available to suit your needs.
This refers to less complex changes to a home to improve functionality and accessibility. This is especially used for individuals who require day to day assistance, whether this is cooking, cleaning, medical or hygiene.
Such modifications include adding visual cues throughout the home to help the individual in important activities, the removal of hazards that may harm themselves or others. These modifications are not as permanent as those above and can be removed if needs change as are needed.
These modifications and adaptations are important in helping the individual live as independently as possible, while still receiving the care that they need.
Supported Independent Living
There are a number of NDIS providers who offer SIL (Supported Independent Living) housing. Participants are given the opportunity to develop their skills and independence in an environment that is tailored to them and their needs.
Sapphire Support Is Here To Help You
As a registered NDIS service provider, Sapphire Support offers high-quality SIL housing for those living with physical and mental disabilities. With years of experience and countless clients, they are committed to helping you live your best life. Whether you require one-on-one support or are looking for shared housing, Sapphire Support can help you. Schedule your call today.