A home assessment conducted by a qualified occupational therapist can:
- Assess a person, their activities and the environment
- Identify a person's risk of falling
- Identify current and future accessibility barriers
- Assist in planning for hospital discharge following injury, disability accommodation, and aging in place
- Educate a person, family, and caregivers in safe methods for bathing, toileting and other activities of daily living
- Recommend caregiving services, meal preparation and delivery services, yard care services and more
- Recommend mobility aids and assistive devices to increase independence and safety
- Recommend home modifications including structural changes to bathrooms, entrances, and additions.
- Assist a family in determining if they should modify or move.
ACCESS MATCH - OT Home Assessment Tool
ACCESS MATCH- OT Home Assessment Tool s a web-based assessment tool for registered occupational therapists who have been screened for assessor eligibility and trained in the ACCESS MATCH Home Assessment Tool.
An occupational therapist is a regulated health professional who is uniquely positioned to conduct home assessments. With a university degree (now a Masters program in most provinces) under a department of rehabilitative medicine and with practicing knowledge of progressive disease, disability, and age-related changes, an occupational therapist understands the physical, psychological, cognitive impact that these conditions have on a person, their tasks of daily living, and their environment. Using a person, environment, (PEO) occupational therapy model of practice, an occupational therapist is the health professional best suited to conduct a home assessment.
For more information on the ACCESS MATCH OT Home Assessment Tool or on how to access an OT to conduct a Home Assessment please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-475-0433 ext. 1