CHSP Minor Home Modifications

What is a Minor Home Modification?

Minor modifications involve making minor structural changes to a home in order to maintain a person’s safety, health and independent living skills.  Examples include the installation of grab rails, hand rails, hand held showers and the manufacture of customised ramps, chair raisers and box steps.

 

Program Contribution

LifeTec is funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) to provide eligible seniors with minor home modifications.  Under this program clients only pay for the cost of materials, all labour costs are subsidised by LifeTec.

 

Who Can Apply?

Under the CHSP LifeTec can provide assistance with minor home modifications to eligible persons, who are frail older people aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and who have functional limitations, to remain living independently at home and in their community.  Eligible persons must live within the Townsville local government area.

Ineligible Persons are those persons who are:

  • Public housing tenants
  • Tenants renting from providers who receive funding to provide appropriate accommodation for people with a disability or
  • Where the modifications are considered to be the responsibility of the property owner or as part of the tenancy agreement
  • People who are eligible to receive modifications through other programs such as the Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • In palliative care
  • Carers of people listed above
Application Process

To apply for minor home modifications contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. My Aged Care will organise a referral to a community based Occupational Therapist. LifeTec will not undertake minor modifications that are not recommended by the Occupational Therapist.

LifeTec staff and/or contractors are unable to change the Occupational Therapists recommendations without first obtaining approval from the referring Occupational Therapist.

Work is unable to be undertaken on any premises rented on the private property market, or not owned by the applicant until LifeTec have received written approval from the property owner, or their authorised agent for the work to be undertaken.

LifeTec is not responsible for the removal of minor home modifications or any rectification works associated with the removal of minor modifications if the applicant relocates from the property where the minor modification was installed.

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