Author Archives: Nancy Dillinger

Dementia and the Role of Home Modifications

The onset of dementia is usually gradual and coincides with decreased short-term memory, decreased problem solving skills, decreased perceptual skills, and personality changes. Persons with dementia require more assistance from others and may eventually become completely dependent. An occupational therapist is trained to evaluate persons with dementia to address how the condition affects participation inContinue Reading

Occupational Therapy and Remodeling – A Home Modification Match Made In Heaven

America is aging and our life expectancy is increasing. By the year 2030, there will be more than twice as many people aged 65+ years than there are today. AARP surveys repeatedly indicate that people would prefer to reside in their existing homes. However, only 16% of survey respondents have done home modifications. The primaryContinue Reading

Helping Seniors Live Safely and Independently at Home

Falling in and around the home results in decreased independence and a need for long-term care. Falls are the leading cause of injury death among older adults. Falls often result from home hazards in combination with declining physical abilities. A home assessment by an occupational therapist with specialized training in home modification can prevent fallsContinue Reading

Boomers Want Universal Design Features in Their Homes

Shhhhhhh! Baby boomers are aging, living longer, and surviving permanently disabling conditions. By the year 2030, one in four people in the Denver metropolitan area will be aged 60+. AARP surveys repeatedly indicate that people want to remain in their own homes. It is logical to assume that the baby boomers will want their homeContinue Reading


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