Resources and Research

As part of the sector support and development program, our team conducts research and creates resources with the aim of strengthening the home support service system

Resources

Making Choices, Finding Solutions Guide

Your guide to assistive equipment and home modification options for your safety, independence and wellbeing.

Independent Living Assessment created the Making Choices, Finding Solutions Guide in partnership with the WA Home and Community Care Program.

This guide has been developed to assist you to find simple assistive equipment, technology and basic home modification solutions available in local stores and online.

It contains a range of useful tips and advice to help you better manage every day tasks and common frustrations.

Read the Making Choices Finding Solutions Guide

Research

WA HACC Home Modifications and Assistive Technology Project 2013 - 2018

In July 2013, the Independent Living Centre WA (now called Indigo) commenced a new project funded by the WA Home and Community Care (HACC) in home modifications and assistive technology. The project aimed to further develop a sustainable service model that would enable HACC Program clients to access and receive home modifications and assistive technology (devices and equipment) that support independence and wellbeing through the WA Assessment Framework.

The project stemmed from the Commonwealth reform agenda Living Longer Living Better report which identified home modifications as an area of development and reform that will support and facilitate independent living at home for older people.

With recognition that home modifications and assistive technology can support clients to maintain their independence and wellbeing, HACC committed to this project to explore what would support growth in this area.

HACC HM & AT Project Update 2017

HACC HM & AT Project Update 2016

HACC HM & AT Project Update 2015

HACC HM & AT Project Update 2013

WA HACC HM and AT Information Sheet

 

Scoping Review on Best Practice for Home Modifications Service Delivery

To support the development of a sustainable service delivery model that guides the provision of home modifications and equipment for WA Home and Community Care (HACC) clients a Scoping Review was conducted by the Independent Living Centre WA (now called Indigo)  in partnership with the Curtin University School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work to explore the key factors that influence best practice in home modification service delivery. Read the Full Report of Findings and the At a Glance document below.

At a Glance - Home Mods Scoping Review

Full Report - Scoping Review on Best Practice for Home Mods Service Delivery

 

Falls Prevention Research

Read the research paper Falls Prevention in Community Care: 10 Years On

Read the Curtin University media release - Fewer people being referred to fall prevention programs, new study says

Can community care workers deliver a falls prevention exercise program? A feasibility study

 

Female Indigo OT kneeling to adjust toilet frame in bathroom display

Our Partnerships

Reablement

Falls Prevention

  • Dr Elissa Burton, Curtin University School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

Assistive Technology and Home Modifications

  • Dr Natasha Layton Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Dr Courtenay Harris, Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work