Patient Education

Home Modification

Home Modification involves adapting a home so that a person with disabilities can perform the activities of daily living as safely and comfortably as possible, while maintaining some degree of independence.  The type of modification required will depend on the nature of the individual's disabilities and the physical set-up of the home.  An In-Home Assessment will be done prior to any modifications to determine the needs of the person served.

Benefits of Home Modifications

  • Increase mobility and the ability to perform the daily tasks of living.
  • Build confidence and encourage as much independence as is appropriate.
  • Eliminate safety concerns.
  • Increase quality of life and everyday comfort.

Types of Home Modifications

  • Bathroom — accessibility, safety, hand-holds and grab bars.
  • Hallways — widen for greater mobility for the wheelchair bound.
  • Grab bars — can be installed in most common areas, such as a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom or places where standing may be difficult.
  • Kitchen — stovetop modifications, high reach equipment and storage solutions.
  • Bedrooms — beds, seating and closet modifications.
  • Stairs — lifts, and ramps.
  • Entrances — widen doors, adapt hardware, lower peep-holes
  • Lifts/Slings — getting in and out of bed, chairs or where assistance is needed.
  • Garage — storage, entry ramps, door openers and light switch adaptations
  • Lighting — brighter, dimmer, more accessible or timed, remote control devices, etc.

 


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