Home Modification

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Home Modification

Changes to the physical structure of a house made to make it more easily livable for a senior citizen or a physically disabled person. For example, one may add lower cabinets so a person in a wheelchair can reach them. Likewise, one may add handlebars to a shower to reduce the risk of slipping. While many home modifications are inexpensive, one can usually find reduced rates or financing options for more expensive modifications. See also: Activities of Daily Living.
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'Home modifications include bathroom remodeling and wheelchair ramp installation.
A certified aging in place specialist is trained to meet the needs of disabled and older adults in making home modifications.
There are many considerations for home modifications beyond the typical accessibility features.
"Money raised now will be used to meet future care costs including equipment, transport and home modifications."
It provides grants up to USD7,500 to support necessary home modifications.
HAVEN provides grants up to $7,500 to support necessary home modifications. To qualify, veterans must also meet income eligibility requirements.
"This includes things such as adapted vehicles; smart home technology such as an Amazon Echo, Ring or Nest; adapted sports equipment; hearing aids; home modifications (such as ramps, accessible showers, etc.); and scooters and wheelchairs.
Kate Greenaway, a proprietor of Lime Tree Day Nursery, helped set up the crowdfunding appeal online to help raise funds for essential equipment and home modifications to enable Rachel to come home to her family.
One study showed simple home modifications such as installing handrails, outside lighting and slip-resistant surfaces outside, which cost as little as a few hundred pounds, resulted in a 39 per cent reduction in injuries and a 26 per cent drop in medical treatment.
"We advise patients and their familieson the importance of home modifications by actually showing them how itshould look and allowing them to practice carrying out tasks in theadapted areas," said al-Abdulla.
"We advise patients and their families on the importance of home modifications by actually showing them how it should look and allowing them to practice carrying out tasks in the adapted areas," said Mr.
Despite the perceived positive role of the occupational therapist in this field of practice [10] and the fact that home modifications improve the health and well-being of older people [11-13], evidence suggests that some home modifications fail to meet the client's needs [14-16] and expectations [10] and that failing to involve the client (who is usually the older person but may also be the caregiver or relative) in the decision-making process is a further cause of dissatisfaction [17, 18].