Archive for the ‘Rehabilitation’ Category

NEW INDEPENDENT LIVING PRODUCTS

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by admin

Just to keep things interesting, today I will talk about one of a slew of curious gadgets that are currently out in the market. These products may make life easier not only for older adults and people with disabilities, but for the general public as well. The other day, I went to the store, Bed, Bath and Beyond, to get some items for the house and while I was cruising through the aisles, I spotted a very interesting raised toilet seat. What caught my attention about this product by Ideaworks, was the fact that it lights up and works with noise detection sensors. I bought it because I wanted to try it out.

Installation:

This product does not require any installation, besides putting in 3 AAA batteries and placing in on top of the toilet bowl. There are no tools needed.

Pros:

  • Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and as you enter and turn on the light switch, you are blinded by the overhead light? Well, this was the first good impression I had with this raised toilet seat. The soothing light turns on as you enter the bathroom providing you with enough light to make use of it, while at the same time, sparing your eyes from the uncomfortable blinding moment. Unlike in previous occasions, I was able to return to bed and resume my sleep without any difficulty. I just think that if it was able to make me feel this comfortable and safe, I am sure it could do the same for an older adult.
  • Another benefit from this product is its height. It allows the user to come from a sit to stand position more easily. It would be good for people with hip problems or hip surgeries, as well as, for seniors to help them regain their balance more easily.
  • One more benefit from this product is that the batteries seem to last forever. It has been more than two months since I started using this toilet seat and the lights are still turning on.

Cons:

  • I would say that one of the issues that I found with this product is that since it does not firmly attach to the toilet bowl, there is some wiggle room that may make it feel unsafe. I tried shifting weight in all directions and the seat did not come loose. However, because of the slight separation between the raised toilet seat and the toilet bowl, it can give that sense of insecurity.
  • Another issue that I consider to be a drawback is the fact that you cannot put the toilet seat cover down since the height of the toilet seat does not allow for it.

Overall, I think this product maybe a good option to look into if you want your bathroom to be more user friendly without the institutional look. And for those that may have problems coming to a standing position, this maybe a good alternative. It is priced at 49.99 and I believe that you should be able to buy it at any Bed, Bath and Beyond store.

By

Miller Calberto, MS, OTR/L, CAPS
Senior partner
Adapting Spaces, LLC
mcalbertotr@adaptingspaces.com
1888-956-0077

Occupational therapy: A secret no more

Monday, July 4th, 2011 by admin

Hello, everyone! Today, I want to share with you a very nice article that was written about the role of occupational therapy in home modifications. It also highlights the role that occupational therapy plays in other emerging areas of practice. The article may be lengthy, but well worth reading, enjoy it and happy 4th of July.

5 reasons to get your home ready for the golden years

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 by admin

In my professional practice as an occupational therapist and certified aging in places specialist, I often find myself educating clients about home modifications, universal design and why it is important to get ready early in order to avoid unnecessary injuries in the future.

1.Stay active:
Today’s older adults are more health conscious and determined to be independent than ever before. They eat right, exercise more and enjoy more leisure activities like biking, playing tennis, golf, etc. Performing home modifications can also assist in helping you remain active. Home modifications can be as simple as removing or adding elements to the house that will make it safer and user-friendly such as removing loose rugs. It can also be major renovations such as adding a new bedroom on the main floor. The bottom line is to make your living environment as supportive to your needs as possible.

2.Reduce cost of care:
It is no secret that people with chronic and acute medical conditions are living longer. However, as their life expectancy has increased, so has the cost of their care. Based on a 2011 report by Genworth Financial, an average room in a nursing home can cost $114k – $119k; whereas, a home maker or home health aide service can range between $44K- $48k a year. Home modifications can help reduce the cost of care by making your home a safer and functional environment for your loved one.

3.Reduce family burden:
Respiratory, cardiac, metabolic and cognitive conditions among others, take a toll on our bodies limiting our ability to function in the long run. It is usually up to the family to care for the ill person which can become a significant burden both physically and mentally. Home modifications can help reduce some of the burdens on the caregiver. For instance, by simply re-arranging the living environment to support and facilitate the persons needs the caregiver will have one less concern to be faced with.

4.Increase property value:
With the development of new products such as Moen’s HomeCare line, and concepts such as Universal Design, home modifications can be made more aesthetically pleasing and functional not only for people with disabilities and seniors but for everyone, thus increasing the property value.

5.Take advantage of a down market:
Now, is a great time to get your home ready for the golden years. Remodelers are now more willing than in previous years to give more discounts, incentives and to negotiate in order to attract more customers.

The links below are excellent sources for high quality contractors and remodelers in New York
www.nari.org/
www.servicemagic.com/
www.angieslist.com

By Miller Calberto, MS, OTR/L, CAPS

The Adapting Spaces blog is up and running!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 by admin

Greetings

This is the introductory blog from Adapting Spaces; where we will be sharing information about home modifications and universal design. We will be sharing a wide range of information that encompasses topics related to new product lines, services, legislation and everything in between that may affect the provision of home modification services in New York. I hope that you find the content of our blog, informative and useful in your daily lives. This blog should be as much about the information that we provide as well as the feedback that we receive from you. Therefore, we will value all your feedback in an effort to make the Adapting Spaces blog as interactive as possible. We will be updating our blog every week.

Thank you,

Miller Calberto, MS, OTR/L, CAPS