Margie’s home presented significant barriers to her independence, with extensive modification required to the kitchen, ensuite, laundry, internal and external doorways and the construction of a ramp and stepless thresholds.
At the initial consultation, Margie was quite worried about what the house would look like. She was clear about her preferences and very hands-on with the design development and decision-making.
“You have to let people know what is right for you and your independence, and ask as many questions as a you can fire at them,” says Margie. "Aaron from Home Modification Victoria was very knowledgeable about what I might need in and around the home."
Margie’s personal preference was for the location of the ramp to be at the rear of the house for privacy. The height and depth of the kitchen benches were customised to accommodate her height and larger wheelchair. The placement of the toilet and grabrails accommodated her left-sided transfer.
“People are often concerned about the compromises they may have to make when planning their accessible home,” says Home Modification Victoria project manager Aaron Stowe. “Margie, myself and the occupational therapist consulted closely to develop the design plans that were right for the Margie's circumstances and home.”
Upon return to her home Margie felt able to scale back considerably on the hours of formal care she required. In evaluating the success of the home modification in assisting her to achieve her access and occupational goals Margie says, “It's totally changed my life, to be more independent.”
Margie's home presented serious barriers to access and independent living before the home modification.
Margie's original kitchen presented major barriers to accessing the benchtops, cupboards, stove and sink, and made it difficult for her to cook for herself and her family.
Home Modification Victoria addressed all these issues in designing her new accessible kitchen.
Margie's ensuite was unsafe for independent use, making her reliant in carer support.
Home Modification Victoria redesigned the ensuite to feature a stepless wet area, non-slip floors, an accessible toilet suite, grabrails, washbasin and storage to the correct specifications to enable fully independent use.
The laundry area, rear yard and clothesline were inaccessible to Margie before the modification. The modification designed by Home Modification Victoria involved the removal an internal wall, doorway widening and selection and installation of accessible appliances and storage to the correct specifications.