Occupational therapy provides clients with the tools to optimize their home environments relative to individual abilities and promote full participation in daily life activities.
Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to increase usage, safety, security, and independence. The home modification process includes evaluating needs, identifying and implementing solutions, training, and evaluating outcomes that contribute to the home modification.
In addition to the individual’s performance abilities, occupational therapists also evaluate the home environment to identify barriers to performance.
Through this process, modifications and intervention strategies are selected to improve the fit between these elements, with a goal of maximizing safety and independence in the home. The intervention plan may include but is not limited to strategies such as adaptive equipment, lighting, family caregiver training, or remodeling.