The collaboration will deliver expert training to professionals dealing with home modifications at a time when significant change is occurring to both Australian Government My Aged Care and National Disability Insurance Scheme programmes.
The purpose of home modification services is to facilitate older adults’ desire to remain at home and benefit from a higher quality of life, regardless of a decline in health or mobility¹.
Allianz Global Assistance Health & LifeCare National Sales Manager, Michael Reid said, “This is the first time MOD.A and AGA have combined to offer interactive workshops to healthcare professionals in Australia and we’re proud to support this training and education. We understand that feeling safe and secure at home is key to the peace of mind and wellbeing of Australians and want to ensure we contribute to those who need it the most.
“People who have home modifications fitted in their homes require on average 17 per cent less formal assistance and just under 50 per cent less assistance from their carers². At AGA’s specialised Health & LifeCare division, we’re dedicated to listening to our customer’s feedback. This ensures we deliver relevant and quality training services that meet the ever changing needs of clients.”
MOD.A is the peak national and industry body representing home modification providers for the aged and people with disability and is the only organisation in Australia that operates as a representative and advocacy group for home modifications.
Michael Bleasdale, MOD.A CEO, said, “Home modifications have proven to be an effective way to enable people to live and age within their own homes. By joining with a leading assistance provider, such as AGA, MOD.A can continue to raise awareness of home modifications in the broader community and the importance of using trained and skilled professionals. We’re very excited about this venture and continuing to deliver a top quality training program to professionals across Australia.”
About the workshops:
The first Home Modifications Workshop by AGA and MOD.A was facilitated by leading occupational therapist, Liz Ainsworth, in Brisbane on 16th November, 2016. The interactive workshop present best practice considerations across the design and build of residential home modifications with reference to legislative requirements, design principles and relevant codes/standards, for Occupational Therapists and builders working in home modifications or that wish to work in this area.
For information on upcoming events or to purchase tickets, please visit:
WA HACC Home Modification & Assistive Technology Project (as at March, 2016)
Carnemolla, P.K (unpublished). The Value of Home Modifications: Understanding and measuring home modification outcomes (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).