Accessible housing

Advice from SCIA about finding a place to live that’s physically accessible in a wheelchair. If you own your home and it is not currently accessible – e.g. there are steps into the house or steps into the shower, the first thing will be to identify what you need to do in the way of modifications to make your home accessible. Visit SCIA’s factsheet on home modifications to see what’s involved. If you are renting and a property is not described as wheelchair accessible, it may still be worthwhile having a look. If there is lift access to the floor, level access into the apartment and no step into the shower then it is potentially accessible. It may only require some minor modifications such as installing a grab rail next to the toilet and the landlord might be very willing to install this. If you have allowed for home modifications in your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, there will be no cost to the landlord.

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