Designing home modifications that are accessible, functional and welcoming to promote a safe and meaningful lifestyle

OT-Accessibility provides home assessments and recommendations for modifications to enable improved function in daily activities and mobility. Our Accessibility Consultant is an Occupational Therapist (OT) whose years of experience are essential in understanding medical and functional manifestations of illness, injury and aging. Her skills as an OT play a vital role in determining which home modifications will be most beneficial to match each client’s specific abilities and limitations.

For many people, home is where the heart is. Our homes reflect who we are and what is important to us. Enjoyment, comfort and quality of life must all be addressed when designing modifications that reflect what each client wants and needs to do. A home should promote overall health and well-being.

Considerations include input from family members, care managers and / or caregivers who live in the home or visit regularly. Accessible home modifications must also incorporate aesthetics that are in harmony with the client’s home décor and design, to reflects their taste and the activities of interest to them.

When developing a home’s accessible designs, we can address the entire home environment, including entrances and outdoor spaces. The goals are to achieve maximum independence, freedom of mobility, safety and ease with functionality in all areas of the home or those utilized by the client.

Today’s open floor plans are very appealing and well suited for integrating accessible modification designs, features and products. Whether remodeling an existing home or planning new construction, the plan may be building for a lifetime or aging in place.

Benefits of making accessible home modifications

  • Increased safety and security for functioning in the home
  • Reduced risk of falls and injuries
  • Improved freedom of mobility, resulting in less fatigue
  • Less need for assistance from caregivers for Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • An alternative to assisted living facilities (ALF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF)
  • Accessible designs incorporate features for both current and future needs of the client
  • Accessibility enables people to remain in their own home, to age in place

Modifications for Neurodegenerative Conditions

Home accessibility for progressive neurodegenerative conditions must address maximum energy efficiency with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and functional mobility, since limited endurance so greatly hinders productive activity. It is important to incorporate “adjustable” modifications that can be adapted as needs change over time. Read More

Collaboration is Key.

A good plan requires input from the client, their family and their caregivers. Execution of the plan depends on us to provide clearly written specifications and resources for equipment when coordinating with the builder or remodeler.

Carroll Fernstrom, OTR / L

Accessible home’s resale value

Homes with accessible features and universal designs have enhanced value, much like homes with first floor master bedrooms now preferred by so many home buyers. Interest in accessible homes is developing as a recognizable trend in today’s real estate market. One reason is the desire and benefits of “aging in place.” Read More