HME began as a local medical equipment rental company, and during the past 25 years have grown to become one of the largest independent dealers of Mobility and Home Medical Equipment in the Lower Mainland.
With over 50 staff and 25 years in business HME is fully active in Rehab Sales and Consultations, Stairlifts and Home Modifications – the only Diamond level dealer in Canada with Bruno, and the largest independent dealer in Western Canada.
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Posted on October 7, 2013
Assessing the home to determine what modifications are necessary is the first step in the home modification process. The senior or their relatives or friends can go through the home, room by room, looking for areas of improvement. You can download one of the many good home assessment checklists from the Internet to aid in this process. And sometimes it’s worthwhile to turn to specialists for ideas and help in planning for home modifications.
Go through each room with an eye towards the following: Safety. Does anything pose a safety hazard in the room? Can the senior move around the room and perform tasks safely? Accessibility. Is everything accessible to the senior? Can they reach things and work switches, doors, cabinets, and plugs? Can they perform necessary or desired tasks in this room? Adaptability. Are there things in the room that could be adapted so they are easier for the senior to reach or use or so that the senior can get around more easily and safely? Here’s an example of things to look for in a kitchen:
Several organizations publish comprehensive lists of questions to ask and things to look for when assessing a home for possible modifications. HealthLinc has an online home accessibility checklist here.
If you’re considering a home modification, sometimes it makes sense to get assessment and planning help from a specialist. Occupational therapists. Many occupational therapists work with the elderly. They are good resources for evaluating seniors’ homes for hazards and for identifying ways to make the home more user-friendly. If the senior has a particular physical limitation — such as failing eyesight or cerebral palsy — consider contacting an occupational therapist that specializes in that particular condition. Certified aging-in-place specialists (CAPS). The certified aging-in-place program was developed by the National Association of Home Builders along with the AARP. Certified aging-in-place specialists (CAPS) have been trained to anticipate and meet the needs of seniors. They learn strategies and techniques for identifying barriers in a home, planning, and sometimes performing home modifications so seniors can live in their homes longer as they age. You can find CAPS in your area by visiting the AARP’s website at www.aarp.org (click “Family,” then “Housing & Mobility,” and look for the CAPS Locator in the Resource section.)
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