The OT-Accessibility Home Assessment Process

Accessible home modifications can range from: Minor changes such as installation of grab bars and offset hinges that widen doorways… OR Renovating parts of the home or a room such as the bathroom or kitchen… OR Designing and building an addition to the home… OR Accessible design and construction of a new home.

Prior to the Home Assessment, we send each client a New Client Information Form.

This form helps clients, families and / or caregivers specify challenges and difficulties, personal goals and priorities. Our Accessibility Consultant uses this information to help determine which areas of the home are barriers that hinder mobility and function. It asks for basic medical information, functional abilities and limitations.

A check list identifies levels of independence and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Mobility and transfers skills are included, and if a cane, walker or wheelchair is used. Activities of interests are requested, such as cooking, using the computer or access for outdoor activities.

Next, our Accessibility Consultant meets for the Home Assessment with the client, family, and / or caregivers.

In addition to our comprehensive Home Assessment Tool, our Accessibility Consultant uses the New Client Info Form for a complete understanding of the client’s needs. The Home Assessment includes: Exterior entrances, walkways, car ports and garages, porches and patios. Bathroom space, layout and fixtures. Doorway and hall widths for mobility requirements of assistive devices. Kitchen layouts for freedom of mobility and functional reach. Home office and other spaces utilized. Safety and security features and potential risk factors. Lighting location, illumination and access to controls.

Then, we provide options for the right accessible products, universal design features and structural changes.

The goals are to optimize independence, mobility, comfort and safety, while being tailored to the current and future needs of the client and family. We strive to provide attractive, aesthetically pleasing choices, selected specifically to be well integrated with the home’s décor. Resources are given for obtaining specific accessible products, durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive devices. Economical options are recommended when requested.

Our detailed list of recommendations is given to the client and family, and to the contractor.

The list for the contractor outlines exact location for placement of products and fixtures with measurements and drawings. These additional details are then incorporated into the contractor’s final drawings and plans. Good collaborating with remodelers and builders before and during construction ensures clear understanding for proper installation. Clients can use their own contractor or one of the accessible remodelers and builders recommended by us.

After completion of construction, we schedule a follow-up visit with the client, family, and / or caregivers.

This enables everyone to receive thorough instructions on safe and proper use of new products and installations, with respect to limitations and assistance needed. In addition to ensuring a clear understanding of new modifications, other questions or concerns are also addressed.