Occupational Therapy professionals have unique skills that can benefit ‘the building team’. The need to build and remodel homes that provide long term ‘Accessibility’ is not only smart, but is also a sustainable practice by decreasing the use of natural resources.
The diverse education and training Occupational Therapy professionals undergo are directly related to how a person functions physically, psychologically, and socially. Our focus lies in maximizing peoples independence and safety within their environment. With an understanding of disease processes (many come with aging) and training in analysis of functional movement we are able to recommend environmental adaptations which would enhance these factors for all people despite any disability. OT’s have training in assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and specialize in awareness of psychological, social, emotional health related to life transitions.
The benefits to the homeowner would be:
1) An enhanced quality of life by having a home that suits there individual needs 2) Enable occupants to enjoy full use of their home 3) Maintain personal independence 4) They could welcome guests of different ages and abilities
Why the importance? Consider these Aging demographics:
- By 2020 – 25% of population will be 65 years of age.
- 85+% of these people desire to remain living in their homes
- Nearly 50% will acquire some health challenge, that will affect their functional mobility
- Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Communities $$$ = unaffordable for long periods
Who would benefit from my Custom Design Services
1) People desiring to “build their last home” or, “retire in this home”
2) A person with a disability, progressive disease, or ‘health problem’
3) Someone who is planning to have their parents move in with them at some point
4) Anyone uncomfortable making decisions in regards to coordinating their interiors
5) Someone overwhelmed by the building process or the choices they need to make
6) Anyone concerned with visitors being able to ‘access’ or ‘get around in’ their home
7) Anyone planning to downsize from their previous home