Getting around your home safely and independently is important for everybody.
The number of accessible private and rental homes in New Zealand is slowly rising, but there is still a major shortage. This means that you may need to make some modifications or get some equipment to make your home more accessible.
Modifying rental accommodation
If you are renting a place, there is assistance available for you to have modifications made:
- Have a read of the 'Finding somewhere to live' page on our website - there is the Suitable Homes service, your local council or housing trust as well as funding available through Equipment and Modification Services
- Read the 'House Modification Funding' page on the Work and Income website or have a look at the 'good advice on the process' page on the Up2date website
- You may need to get a needs assessment (through a NASC agency)
- You may need to look at who can help you design a new bathroom or kitchen – a builder or architect that specialises in accessible homes - examples include Lifetime Homes New Zealand
Modifying your own home
- You may need to get a needs assessment (through a NASC agency). An occupational therapist will be able to recommend modifications and equipment that would work for you
- You may be able to get funding through the Ministry of Health
- If you want to build your own home, some building companies have more experience in building accessible homes
- The CCS Disabiilty Action library has some really good resources on designing accessible homes
Support from CCS Disability Action
We provide a number of services that can support you through deciding what you want to do and how you get there. We can offer a barrier free assessment in most areas - someone coming in to your home, assessing your needs and looking at what your options are.
See our list of services, or contact your local branch of CCS Disability Action if you are interested in finding out more about these services and how we can support you.
Find more information
- Our library has some great information for you to access online or phone 0800 227 200 and speak to a librarian
- Lifetime Design provides the standards and guidelines for lifetime design homes. They list five key principles that make homes “fit around people – rather then the current practice of making people fit around homes”
- Read Neil Cudby's story - A case study for accessible home design