Think Breakfast: Disabled and Elderly Home Modifications

Many of us don’t put much thought into switching on the light, opening a door, or even using the toilet when we are at home. However, for a proportion of the population these simple tasks can be somewhat arduous. Research that has been undertaken at the University of Technology Sydney on how home modification can assist the elderly and disabled. Previously, we have seen disability friendly areas riddled with ramps and support bars but the future has more in store. A digital element is becoming more prominent with the introduction of voice recognition, motion sensors, and  an array of technological advancements that pick up on behaviors and habits of the people who occupy the household and adapt. However, the demand for government subsidies to assist the installation of these sorts of modifications is growing and some applicants can be placed on a waiting list that can span up to 3 years! Nic chats with Think: Health presenter Jake Morcom about creating awareness on the changing demands regarding their homes.

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