Examining one’s home environment is extremely important for a newly diagnosed patient. Falls make up nearly half of all home accidents. PALS’s level of stability with walking and getting around the home is constantly changing, so if you can provide the broadest level of accessibility, you can relax and PALS can have more freedom. There are two major rules of thumb when it comes to home modification. Energy conservation is important, and that can be achieved by putting frequently used items within reach, avoiding reaching for items, and sitting for activities whenever possible. Consideration of one's path of travel is also extremely important. One must pick up throw rugs, keep hallways and stairs clear, and make sure paths are lighted. There are a number of simple solutions to make one’s home an accessible environment. Look around and see what minor details can pose a problem, and use the tips listed below as a guide for modifying your home.
For those that need more than a simple solution in creating a safe home environment, several companies offer non-invasive products to make getting around the home easier.
Sometimes permanent home modifications need to be made. Common modifications include a ramp to get in and out of the home, lifts to get up and down steps, and a roll-in shower.
There aren't many financial resources offered for general home modifications. Basic items like swing away hinges and lever door knobs are inexpensive, but more intricate modifications can be costly. While insurance will fund basic items such as a hospital bed and a commode, one must look elsewhere for funding for other items. Sources of funding could be Long Term Care insurance or Vocational Rehabilitation. Veterans Affairs and Rural Development offer grant opportunities. Visit www.homemods.org for more information about grants for home modification. The Greater New York Chapter has some home accessibility items available for loan through the Jon Stone Equipment Loan Program.
There are some local towns and villages that have Community Block Grants that are sometimes used to help fund home modifications.blog comments powered by Disqus
If you have any assistive technology related questions, you can email Ben Lieman, our Assistive Technology Specialist at BLieman@als-ny.org or call the office at 800-672-8857.