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Home Safety and Accessibility Assessments

Occupational Therapy Home Assessments can: 

 

  • Identify a person's physical and cognitive capabilities 

  • Identify technology use capabilities

  • Identify risk of falling

  • Identify psychosocial risk factors such as isolation

  • Identify current and future accessibility barriers

  • Identify home safety hazards

  • Provide education on safe methods for bathing, toileting, and other activities of daily living

  • Recommend caregiving, meal preparation, food delivery, yard care services, and more!

  • Recommend mobility aids, assistive devices and accessibility equipment 

  • Recommend home modifications to improve safety, participation, and accessibility

  • Provide education to assist clients in deciding if they should Modify or Move

  • Connect clients with professional accessible home renovation contractors.

Manitoba Safe and Healthy Home for Seniors Program!

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Funded by the Government of Manitoba's Department of Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care, the Safe and Healthy Home for Seniors Program provides funding for basic and essential devices or adaptations for seniors facing barriers within their homes.

This program is being administered by the March of Dimes and provides up to $5,000 for basic and essential accessibility solutions, and up to $6,500 for basic and essential accessibility solutions if the applicant resides in rural or remote area of Manitoba.

The grant requires an Occupational Therapist Letter or Verification of Condition/Limitation. If your are having  difficultly finding an occupational therapists in the pubic healthcare system who is available to see you in a timely matter, we can help! 

Enabling Access is offering discounted home-based occupational therapy assessments and for applicants of this program,  to provide you with a completed letter/verification form for ($450 plus travel fees.) Assessments can be booked within 2 weeks to speed up the application process for you!

1. Download Application Form for SHHS program at March of Dimes and ensure you meet eligibility criteria.

2. Request an Occupational Therapy Assessment from Enabling Access by submitting our online request for service form below.

Once we receive your request, one of our Occupational Therapists will contact you to set up an in-person visit to assess your need for device or adaptions.

What are Home Modifications?

Home modifications are not just home renovations, they are any residential adaptations that are meant to increase safety, accessibility and participation in daily activities. Home Modifications address changing needs as we age and findings from our Home Modifications Assessments help people to make informed decisions about Aging in Place or living in the right place as they age. 

Enabling Access Occupational Therapists are experienced and skilled in providing assessment, education and consultation​ on basic to complex home modification projects.

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Common Home Modifications Solutions

  • Widening interior and exterior doorways

  • Creating accessible entrance with exterior lift, ramp or sloped landscaping

  • Increasing lighting in dim lit areas

  • Removing bathtub to replace with curb-less step shower

  • Adding grab bars in bathrooms and handrails on stairs

  • Adding hand-held shower wand with long hose

  • Removing trip hazards and moving obstycles

  • Removing lower cabinets under sinks

  • Adding pull down shelving in upper cabinets

  • Expanding main floor bathrooms 

  • Adding interior stair lifts

  • Adding or configuring smart home technology

  • Removing clutter and creating barrier-free path of travel

  • Installing residential elevator 

  • Moving laundry appliances to main floor

  • Adding smart home or assistive technology devices

Smart Home Technology and Home Automation

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Home Assessment

Service Levels

Focused

This Home Assessment focuses on specific functional issues someone may be  experiencing at home. Often basic equipment or support services are recommended to improve safety, accessibility and activity performance.​

Global

This Home Assessment focuses on multiple areas of the home and any issues a person is experiencing in their daily activities. Often assistive devices, accessibility equipment with installation and/or home-based support services are recommended to improve safety, accessibility and activity performance.

Complex

This Home Assessment focuses on solving problems related to safety, accessibility where it is likely that more complex structural home modifications are indicated and require consultation with an accessibility renovation specialist of your choice.

 

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