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.
Only 1 in 6 people have made the necessary changes to their home to allow for aging at home.
– AOTA, 2011
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.
– – 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.