Home Assessments

When a client has suffered an illness or injury that has resulted in a change in their functional mobility, their ability to perform activities of daily living, and/or their ability to reason out/manage home/self-care responsibilities safely and efficiently, a Home Evaluation may be warranted.  Completing a Home Evaluation is a great way to truly assess how therapists can assist clients in returning to a safe and independent life at home. Home Evaluations are normally completed by either an Occupational or Physical therapist, but are most beneficial when Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapies are directly involved. Clients who are on a therapeutic leave to home can meet with therapists who then assess their current level of functional abilities with the tasks most crucial to safe and maximum independent home living. Bathroom set-up, walking space, stairs within and outside of the home, fall hazards, and kitchen assess-ability are some of the critical areas to be assessed with actual client performance of activities. Some other, less obvious areas that are looked at are access and usability of lighting, power outlets, windows, door handles, and telephones, all of which are vital and can be easily altered to improve function and performance with individual client’s needs. All of these tasks should also be assessed with the caregiver and the client present, when applicable, to assess their performance together and then provide education and training tailored to individual client needs. After the assessment, therapists can set up treatment based on the home environment until the client is ready for discharge to home.

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