Home Design for Living



PO Box 504,
Coorparoo Q 4151

Phone: 0408 781554
Email: elizabeth.ainsworth@bigpond.com

About Elizabeth Ainsworth

Liz is an Occupational Therapist and Access Consultant with over 20 years experience working with people of all ages including older people and people with a range of health conditions or disabilities who may need advice on how to modify or build a new home to best suit their access and mobility requirements.

Liz specialises in providing advice on specific products, designs and finishes of areas of the interior and exteriors of homes that can enable a person and their family to manage safely and independently in the community.

Liz partners with design and building professionals to provide her expertise, to ensure the best fit of the person with their environment and that their specific access/mobility or other requirements are incorporated into designs.

She is also a Livable Housing Assessor and is able to assess plans and buildings to determine if the projects are suitable for recommendation for certification with Livable Housing Australia.

My Services Include:

Consultation Services – includes the provision of:

  • Quality housing needs assessments or home modification recommendations
  • Medico legal assessments detailing a person’s current and future housing and home modification requirements
  • Advice on the requirements of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standard and the intent of the Disability Discrimination Act
  • Advice on the requirements for a Livable Housing design.


Specific services include:

  • An occupational therapy assessment to establish the individual’s housing/home modification needs
  • Advice on design, construction and product requirements to suit the person and the household’s needs
  • Advice on the suitability of homes to be purchased and then modified to suit the person, their equipment and carer’s requirements
  • Creation of a detailed design brief to inform builders, designers or architects of design/construction requirements to incorporate into the home modification/ new home design
  • Advice on the suitability of new home or proposed home modification designs developed, and a review of plans to check the fit of the person, their equipment
  • and carer with the proposed layout
  • A site inspection of the property prior to purchase to check the suitability of the home and to discuss proposed modifications that may be required
  • A site inspection at frame up stage or just before handover of a newly constructed property to check the plans against the built environment
  • A post occupancy or post modification evaluation to ensure the design/ modification has addressed the person’s needs that may have been identified at the time of assessment.
  • An assessment of plans and the built environment for Class 1 buildings for Livable Housing certification; an assessment of equipment to enable people to better manage around the home and in the community.