Home Modifications :
Donna has worked on several home modification projects with patients, clients and families, and their builders and insurers, e.g. Worksafe BC. Donna works collaboratively with designers and builders at the pre-design stage and consults during the full home modification process. Post construction, Donna reassesses the modifications to ensure that client's needs are met. To create optimal results, Donna ensures home owners and tenants understand how to manage any new technology, safety, and adaptive devices. Measurements and photographs are taken and included with a rationale for the Home Modification recommendations.
Important - Falls - Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations and deaths for seniors in British Columbia (BC). It is estimated that fall related injuries account for 43 hospitalizations by seniors each day in BC.
For Aging in Place Home Modifications Donna starts each project with an onsite home safety assessment or a functional assessment of the client's current and anticipated future physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities, needs, and limitations.
Occupational Therapy services are Confidential ~ Donna's other photos and reviews of past projects are not available.
Donna's recommendations are designed to solve immediate or long range potential problems, e.g. back pain, limited reach, problems with balance on uneven surfaces and stairs, reduced visual and hearing abilities.
These photos are an Aging in Place ~ Home Modification Project, for a private residence.
Tile - The accent tile is Daltile Raindrop from Tile N All, to represent Mission Creek that runs by the property. There is a "Zero Threshold" entrance to the in-shower for ease of access. Infloor heating is installed to keep toes a comfy temperature.
Lighting - Variable forms of lighting is used and most are equipped with dimmer capability.
Below is the Scope of Donna's Home Modifications (but not limited to):
proper installation of grab bars in the washroom shower and toilet area, to prevent falls,
removal of tub and installation of walk-in, no or low threshold shower stall, to prevent falls,
installation anti-scald devices in showers, to prevent burns,
installation of particular handrails for indoor and outdoor stairs, to secure your grip,
installation of a windbreaker and roof extension to provide coverage for exposed slippery outdoor stairs,
ramps ( temporary and permanent) for safety, including recommendations for landscaping,
kitchen modifications for ease of access when using a walker or wheelchair and to ease of reach or safe grasp.
modified outdoor spaces/gardens to increase ease of access and use.
Home Modifications come at a price. Aging in Place forethought and proactive planning can keep your costs down! Help minimize your financial and personal costs by minimizing or eliminating risks to you aging safely in place in your current home, by prioritizing home modifications. Prevent the need to deal with home modifications from a hospital bed, due to emergent issues, illnesses and injuries, especially falls.
Finances : Financial concerns and planning - You may qualify for funding or grants. Give us a call.
Accessibility Audits : Donna participated in RHFAC Audits at Rotary Arts Centre, a school, bank and a Landmark business office.
Transportation : Donna has conducted handyDART assessments for BC Transit.
Bee Fun Facts ~ Some bees live in hives, some in bee condos and some in nests in the ground! ~ Bees have diverse needs for housing, just like humans!