The mission of the Morrison government’s HomeBuilder program is to boost the economy and open building jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research indicates that home improvements are of great importance during this time.

They can allow folks to live independently – even seniors, the sick, the injured, or the physically challenged.

Some basic home improvements could change and save lives, enhancing well-being and lightening reliance on caregivers. This is especially valuable for the approximately million seniors who get some type of home care.

A study of 157 people getting community care discovered that residential modifications lessened the hours of care needed by 42%. Their quality of life shot up by 40%.

By decreasing care needs and costs, and enhancing independence and well-being, home renovations inspired many government, community and personal benefits. These include reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission that healthcare work naturally involves.

Renovations enable people to live more securely in their own residences.

The range of renovations available vary greatly in kind and cost. They could include a grab rail in a bathroom to support stability, the levelling of a front doorstep, a ramp or a lift, wider door frames or a whole new lavatory room addition.

These changes must be custom-designed to meet individual requirements, as every beneficiary needs something different.

The study took into account how home renovations impact the degree of care required to reside at home.

The study featured 157 Australians ages 15 to 92 who got community care. Some suffered from arthritis, cancer or a motorcycle injury, others were physically challenged. All needed home health care.

Subjects found that, in the wake of home modifications, they felt far freer to care for themselves and alleviate carer stress. They felt more confident about venturing outward and their relationships with others were better.

The design of a home can make it unliveable for a person with physical limitations. A bathroom, kitchen, entry and exit, and how they are connected, can determine whether people live free and alone.

House modifications alleviate fall risks. People must be able to shower and use facilities without aid. Shower seats and grab rails make all the difference.

During a pandemic, the need for safe and effective self-care is crucial and vital. With more and more people bound to their homes, these homes must be safe ones. This is what makes home modifications more than mandatory.