Elder Care

Did You Know…

1. Most people prefer to stay at home as they age.
2. As people age, they become less physically and mentally able.

Problem…

Only 1 in 6 people have made the necessary changes to their home to allow for aging at home.

– AOTA, 2011

Solution…

With the introduction of proper modifications, equipment, and support, aging at home is realistic.


Why is aging in one’s own home encouraged?

1. Familiar faces and routines provide contentedness;

2. Provides levels of control and independence; and

3. Maintains continuity with the past as the body and mind age.

Occupational Therapists use creative ways to develop, improve, or maintain function to people with injury, illness, or disability.
– – WFOT, 2016

How can an Occupational Therapist make a client’s home “age-friendly”?

  • Complete home safety assessments specific to your needs;
  • Fit your bathroom with safety equipment*; and
  • Complete kitchen safety assessments and recommendations.

*The equipment recommended is covered by some extended medical plans. Ask your Occupational Therapist for details.*

Other ways an Occupational Therapist can help a client’s family…

  • Falls prevention;
  • Wheelchair, walker, and scooter fitting;
  • Balance Assessments;
  • Care giver support;
  • Driving screens; and
  • Wandering or behaviour management.