As we get older our bodies change, and some of our physical capabilities change with them. Actions and activities that we once took for granted can become more difficult for us to carry out on our own. Sometimes this can be something we realise gradually, or it may come following a major health event such as a stroke or a fall.
Whatever the triggering factor, at times like these, it is important to undergo an occupational therapy home safety assessment or, where necessary, a physiotherapy falls assessment.
At Therapies on Thames, we understand that this can be a worrying time for our patients; after all, nobody wants to feel that they are unable to cope in their own home. However, the purpose of an occupational therapy home safety assessment is just the opposite. By looking at how you manage your day-to-day activities, our qualified occupational therapists are able to recommend changes you might make to your daily routine to help you remain independent and safe in your own home.
What is a home safety assessment?
Our team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists will visit you at your home in Berkshire or Oxfordshire and take a look at where you live. You may well have concerns regarding your mobility, particularly following a trip or fall in the house, but there are often simple measures that can be taken to make your home safe again.
What we look for
There are certain key elements that our occupational therapists and physiotherapists look for when conducting a home safety assessment. These are just a few of them:
– Is there adequate lighting?
– Can the patient access the toilet at night time safely?
– Can the patient handle the stairs safely?
– Are there support railings on the staircases?
– Can the patient get in and out of the bath/Shower unaided?
– Are there loose wires, rugs, or other tripping hazards?
– Can the patient operate a doorknob, or would a lever door handle be better?
– Can the patient carry their hot meals or drinks safely?
– Can the patient get in/out of the house safely?
These are just a few of the many questions we will ask, the goal being to adapt your environment so that you can continue to live your life as independently as you can, without fear of a further fall.
If you live in Berkshire or Oxfordshire and are worried about your day-to-day mobility, call Therapies on Thames today on 01189076345 for a consultation.