What are the benefits of a home assessment done by an occupational therapist?
Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to see areas of your home that could be potential barriers to aging successfully. There are many ways to adapt a home so that a person with a disability can participate in the activities that they want and need to do. An OT has specialized knowledge of low and high cost solutions that will allow you to live in your home for as long as possible.
What is AOTA and what information do they provide about aging in place?
AOTA stands for the American Occupational Therapy Association and they provide excellent information for the public about aging in place. Check it out here.
How much does it cost to move to assisted living versus staying at home?
Assisted living costs roughly $50,000 per year. It is less expensive to make some modifications to your home and hire an aide a couple days a week. But it is important not to wait for a crisis to make changes to your home!
Clutter, clutter, clutter! How do I begin to tackle it?
Start by categorizing it into five groups: (1) keep, (2) give away, (3) sell or garage sale potential, (4) charitable donations, and of course (5) the all-important throwaway pile.” There is no “maybe” pile, no postponing a decision for any item. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by this task, tackle it piecemeal, a room, closet, shelf, drawer at a time.
What is the most dangerous room in the house?
The bathroom! If a person falls in the bathroom, there is not a soft place he/she is going to land. Grab bars, installing a walk in shower, or obtaining a special tub bench for the tub/shower can drastically improve the safety of the bathroom. Every bathroom is different though, therefore, it makes sense to hire an OT who has a wide knowledge of durable medical equipment and home modifications that are most needed in any given situation.