The Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW is continuing to support the Building Better Homes campaign. Unfortunately NSW is one of two states that will not implement the new minimum accessibility standards that will be included in the next National Construction Code.
These are not extreme changes, in practical terms it would mean that all new homes will be built in such a way that they are suitable for people whose mobility is impaired or can easily be adapted to be so. For example, doorways that are wide enough for wheelchairs, suitable turning zones for wheelchairs and walkers, staircases that could take a chairlift and reinforcement in bathroom walls so that support bars could be added.
We need your help! The campaign is looking for people to share their stories – specifically we are looking for people who:
• have had difficulty staying in their home because their home no longer meets their physical needs, or
• have had to move into aged care prematurely because their home was no longer appropriate for their physical needs.
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, and you’re willing to share your story, please email us at [email protected] us by September 30.