Comprehensive Home Safety and Accessibility Assessment with Recommendations. The occupational therapist/aging in place specialist will analyze the areas of the home that can be modified to accommodate the changing needs of the person. When a person wants to age at home, there are ways to make it easier for the person to get into the bathroom or shower, reach the frequently used items in the kitchen, or get up the stairs to go to bed. The therapist will also find ways to “fall proof” the home. It is common for older people to minimize their fall risk. They do not always tell loved ones if they have had a fall or a “near miss” fall. A serious fall is the number one threat to an older person’s independence and ability to stay living at home. Getting a thorough home safety assessment can minimize the risk of falls and maximize the potential to age at home.
Every step of the way the occupational therapist will involve the person and the caregivers in discussions about what would work best for them. The person may be asked to demonstrate how he/she gets in and out of the shower, or enters the bathroom, transfers off the toilet, or manage the steps to the garage. This “functional evaluation” provides valuable information for the therapist to make decisions and base recommendations.
Next, the occupational therapist will provide a list of recommendations that include strategies for widening pathways/doorways, removing trip hazards, installing bathroom equipment, adding light to areas, re-organizing cabinets, adaptive aids to daily living, and reputable contractors who can do the work. Every situation is different and the therapist draws upon 24 years of experience to tailor solutions that are just right for the person.
If you would like to find out more, please give us a call (303) 775-4984 or contact Denver Home Modification online.
Watch this recent story about helping our customers age in place on Channel 7.