Accessible housing is the construction or modification of housing that improves independent and safe living for people with disabilities. In fact, with a dedicatedly designed layout, modified furniture and facilities, the housing is not just for persons with physical disabilities. It can also be beneficial for people with cognitive or sensory impairments, as well as older adults who may have mobility issues.

Benefits of accessible housing

Accessible housing creates a more inclusive and supportive living environment that enables us to live independently and participate in our communities. The following are some benefits we know precisely:

  1. Improved mobility. Adaptive housing features wide doorways, grab bars, and roll-in showers that help us move around our homes and perform daily tasks.
  2. Increased independence. By eliminating batteries, it can help us live more independently and more self-sufficient.
  3. Better social participation. It allows us to participate more fully in our communities.
  4. Enhanced safety. The handrails, grab bars, and more facilities prevent us from falls and other accidents in the home, improving safety.
  5. Improved comfort. A barrier-free layout and dedicatedly designed facilities bring us a more comfortable and convenient living environment, improving our overall quality of life.

Accessible housing improves independence and quality of life

Looking for adaptable housing or modifications

Many ways help us find out accessible houses and apartments. If your home is not accessible enough, you can modify your living space for enhanced accessibility. Please access this post for more details if you need to know how to do home modifications.

Meanwhile, we also built a factsheet with many valuable resources to help you apply for, rent accessible housing, or modify your own house.

The NDIS and Accessible Housing

Moreover, the NDIS can fund home modifications to make our home accessible. If you have allowed for home modifications in your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, there will be no cost to the landlord. Please contact our NDIS Support Coordination team if you have any questions about the NDIS and accessible housing. We’re always pleased to help you with our person-centred approach.

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