Home Modifications and Maintenance
The Home Modification and Maintenance (HMM) program is a service under CORE Community Services Aged & Disability Care department. It is funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care under the Home and Community Care Program.
HMM provides affordable home modification, maintenance, information and advice to frail aged, younger people with disabilities and their carers who live in Fairfield to assist them to remain independent and safe in their own homes.
The service is managed by a community-based committee, which is elected annually. Paid staff and sub-contractors carry out the day to day operations of the service.
The service is available to the frail aged, people with disabilities and their carers who live in a privately owned home and who reside in the Fairfield local government area. Limited services are also available to those who live in rented premises who have written permission from the landlord.
There is a fee for the service, consisting of the cost of materials used and a subsidised rate for labour. Please discuss any concerns regarding payment with the Coordinator at the time of quotation. For clients experiencing financial difficulties, CORE Community Services is able to offer an interest free payment scheme over an agreed period of time. Clients are issued with an invoice on completion of the work and may either pay the staff at that time or forward a cheque or money order in the mail. A receipt is issued for all payments.
Home Modifications include any work to your home which changes it to make it safer, more accessible or easier to use.
Minor modifications include handrails to internal and external steps, a hand held shower, grab rails to the shower and beside the toilet, removal of shower screens and installation of a shower rod and curtain, installation of wedge ramps to small lips and steps, platforms to raise the height of chairs and beds and any other modification recommended by an Occupational Therapist to ensure a client’s safety.
We can also assist with adjustments to furniture or fittings which have an impact on your safety or personal use, for example wooden platforms to raise the height of chairs or beds.
CORE Community Services also offer information and advice to clients regarding modifications, maintenance and other services available and assist clients in accessing other Home and Community Care services as required.
Minor maintenance undertaken includes re-hanging doors, nailing floorboards, repairs to gates and fencing, replacement of tap washers and installation of quarter turn lever taps, installation of security doors and lock boxes, replacement of fly screens, changing light globes, repairs to cupboards etc., leaking roofs and minor electrical and plumbing works, with licenced tradesmen sub-contracted as required.
Major maintenance includes the replacement of a hot water service, concreting of pathways, roofing and structural repairs.
Smoke detectors are installed free of charge to eligible clients in the Fairfield local government area. All smoke detectors are checked annually (free of charge).