In a study of people receiving community care, home modifications liberated them to live at home safely and independently. Hours of care were cut by 42% and quality of life improved by 40%.
It's not easy to choose between the costly hassle of renovating and the expensive upheaval of selling up, and buying a new property.
There has never been a better time for public money to go into improving the performance of Australian housing. We could have cut household bills and emissions, as well as saving construction jobs.
It'll have to fund tens of thousands of homes that were going to be built anyway before it creates a single extra house.