2 brothers in the bathroon using assistive technology equipment

Home Modifications: Changing Lives For The Better

When mum of six, Kristine Bauman, needed expert help reconfiguring her home to cater for the needs of her two sons with disability, LifeTec stepped in to lend a hand, overseeing a major modification under the NDIS.

Jayson, 18, and his brother Leigham, 14, both have a rare form of leukodystrophy which affects the brain, nervous system and spinal cord.

Both boys use tilt-in-space wheelchairs and customised hospital beds and as such were unable to use the standard bedrooms and bathrooms in the house.

LifeTec occupational therapists made recommendations to turn the existing patio into a bathroom and convert the carport into a bedroom for Jayson and Leigham, with ramp access connecting the carport to the patio and the house.

While Kristine and her family self-funded the carport conversion into a bedroom, the bathroom modification was approved under the NDIS.

“LifeTec was fantastic, they were very knowledgeable in what they were doing and made suggestions that worked well for our family. This has made a massive difference to our lives. It is not easy having two boys in wheelchairs in a house, but the modifications have made it so much easier for us as a family,” said Kristine.

As for Jayson and Leigham, according to the Kristine they love the changes.

“They’re wheeling up and down the ramp on their own. They are now able to access the inside and outside of the house. People don’t realise how much room that takes up, just to keep the loved one in your house with you. Having these modifications has changed everything for us,” Said Kristine.

“Ensuring everyone has a safe and suitable home environment to live as independently as possible, is paramount to LifeTec. LifeTec specialises in prescription of home modifications and assistive technologies. When working with families like Kristine’s, we think of the person or people, their environment and the things that they do in their home or community."

Katie-Anne Grice, LifeTec’s home modification co-ordinator

Established in in Townsville in 2008, LifeTec is a leader in the disability sector applying assistive technology (A.T.) and accessibility solutions to the lives of people with disability and seniors.

A.T. is any product, device or system that provides practical solutions for everyday life.

“Our aim is to enable people of all abilities to live to their full potential. A.T. helps millions of people to learn, work, socialise, achieve independence and simply get more out of life.”

Katie-Anne Grice, LifeTec’s home modification co-ordinator

Originally seen in the Townsville Bulletin, Friday 20th July, 2018.

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