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If you live with a disability, you can help ensure your home supports your safety and independence.

Housing modifications for a disability

If you have age-related, physical, or sensory needs, modifications to your home may help you stay independent and safe with everyday activities. The following types of modifications may be helpful:

An occupational therapist can help you decide what modifications are going to best suit your needs. They may also be able to apply for Ministry of Health funding on your behalf.

There are also simple changes you can make to your home to make it safer to move around in, like keeping it clear of clutter. For more information, see Falls.

Designing and building a future proof house

If you are renovating, building, or planning to buy a new home, there are ways you can future proof it to ensure you can stay in that home for as long as possible.

The Enable New Zealand lifelong design checklist has advice about:

Finding a house

If you need to move into a rented home and have specific needs related to a disability, you may find the links below helpful.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. August 2016.

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Review key: HIDAH-120231