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Occupational Therapy & the Home Assessment

A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) found that 96% of Canadians want to age at home and live independently for as long as possible.

To remain safe and independent in the home, ZARP strongly recommends a full home assessment as starting point. Understanding a starting point with an end goal developed between yourself and an Aging in Place specialist can reduce and/or eliminate worry and potentially costly misses. Connecting with an Occupational Therapist (OT) is a good way to start this process.

Occupational group therapy

Occupational Therapy is a regulated healthcare profession that promotes health, well-being, and quality of life by supporting people to participate in the things that people want and need to do in their daily life, with the people and in the place they want to participate in these activities. These activities can include taking care of themselves, being productive, and enjoying valued activities. Occupational therapists work with individuals and their families, who are, or may be at risk of, experiencing difficulties participating in their daily activities due to injury, illness, disability, mental health issues, social factors, or the aging process.

Occupational therapy can be particularly helpful for seniors who want to age in place by facilitating their participation in everyday activities in their homes and communities. OTs can assess seniors’ functional abilities and adapt their home environment to optimize functioning and independence, as well as provide supports through home modifications and assistive devices to make homes more accessible for a wide variety of increasingly complex needs.