The Home Modification Information (HMinfo) Clearinghouse, established in 2002, is an information service tasked with collating, reviewing and creating the evidence base for best practice in the modification of the home environment to support people with problems in self-care, participation, and autonomy.
Home modifications are changes made to the home environment to help people to be more independent and safe in their own home and reduce any risk of injury to their careers and care workers. Modifications to the home include changes to the structure of the dwelling e.g. widening doors, adding ramps, providing better accessibility etc. and the installation of assistive devices inside or outside the dwelling e.g. grab rails, handrails, lifts etc. Home modifications assist people with disability and older people to be more independent and may reduce the need for ongoing assistance.
HMinfo also contributes to the development and implementation of evidence led government policy with respect to older people and their carers and to younger people with disability and their carers.
As the needs of the unit evolved the website needed to be redeveloped.
Search results needed to favour work research work carried out by HMInfo. Staff were trained to allow HMInfo staff to manage the site.
Didymo moved it to Drupal 6 and Apache Solr Search and this fulfilled their needs.
An easy to use and updated site with faceted search of papers. Information was much easier to find. Staff were confident to take control and further develop the site. In fact, the move to Drupal 7 was accomplished by HMInfo resources.