Are you a veteran gold or white card holder, a war widow, at risk of falls or accidents in your own home?
HomeFront is a falls and accident prevention programme. You are entitled to a free annual home assessment and annual financial assistance towards the cost of recommended aids and minor home modifications that will reduce the risk of falls and accidents.
On your request, the HomeFront assessor arranges a suitable time to visit where they can assess and identify potential hazards in and around your home. The assessor would look for:
- hazardous cracks in outside paths
- the need for handrails in toilets/bathrooms and outside entrances
- the safety of steps
- the presence of loose steps or planks
- floors that are slippery
- the need for a light switch near the bed
- inadequate lighting
- loose or dangerous floow coverings
A HomeFront assessor also looks at the need for home and community support and provides information about DVA and other community support programmes and services, which will assist you to remain living in your own home.
After the assessment, if recommendations are made for work to be done and you are happy for this to proceed, a registered tradesperson will contact you to arrange a suitable time to provide a quote and carry out the work.
DVA makes a financial contribution up to $163.00 towards the cost of the service. This payment is only available to an authorised HomeFront tradesperson and is made by DVA to the tradesperson on completion of the recommended work.
The recommended aids and applicances are generally low-cost items such as handrails or the provision of non-slip strips on steps. You may choose to install more expensive items or a wider range of items as recommened by the assessor, in which case you will pay the difference between the full cost and DVA's $163.00 contribution.
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