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Barrier-Free Homes

Home Safe Home Michigan is West Michigan’s foremost authority in home safety and accessibility solutions. Our dedicated team of home accessibility professionals is committed to helping you maintain your independence and security within the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re dealing with life-impacting injuries, the natural process of aging, or a progressive disease, we provide comprehensive home safety consultations, customized home safety modifications, and an array of services to create a safer living environment. From wheelchair ramps to strategically placed grab bars, we tailor our solutions to suit your unique needs, ensuring that your home remains a sanctuary of comfort and security. With Home Safe Home Michigan, you can trust that your home will be transformed into a safe and accessible haven, allowing you to age in place with confidence.

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The Licensed Builder’s Role:

  • Reviewing Recommendations: The licensed builder will carefully review the recommendations provided by the OT. They will consider the practicality, structural integrity, and feasibility of implementing the modifications within the existing home.
  • Construction and Modifications: The builder will carry out the necessary construction work or modifications as per the OT’s recommendations. This may involve tasks such as installing ramps, widening doorways, lowering countertops, adding handrails or grab bars, modifying bathrooms, or making other structural changes to improve accessibility and safety.
  • Compliance with Building Codes: The licensed builder will ensure that all construction work meets local building codes and regulations. They will also consider universal design principles to create an environment that is accessible and usable by people of all ages and abilities.
  • Collaboration with the OT: Throughout the construction process, the licensed builder may consult with the OT to address any questions or concerns that arise. This collaboration ensures that the modifications align with the individual’s specific needs and goals.

 

The Occupational Therapist’s Role:

  • Environmental Evaluation: The OT will assess the home environment, including entryways, doorways, hallways, staircases, bathrooms, and other areas where accessibility and safety may be a concern. They will identify potential barriers, such as narrow passages, high steps, slippery floors, or inadequate lighting.
  • Recommendations: Based on the assessment, the OT will provide recommendations tailored to the individual’s needs. This may include modifications, adaptations, or assistive devices to enhance accessibility, safety, and independence. They may suggest changes like installing grab bars, ramps, stair lifts, widening doorways, or improving lighting.
  • Collaboration: The OT will collaborate with the licensed builder to ensure the recommendations are practical and feasible for implementation. They may provide detailed plans, specifications, and instructions for the builder to follow during the construction or modification process.

By combining the expertise of an Occupational Therapist and a licensed builder, individuals can receive comprehensive home assessments, personalized recommendations, and professionally executed modifications. This collaborative approach aims to create an environment that supports independence, promotes safety, and allows individuals to continue living in their homes comfortably and securely.

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Common Modifications

If you’re like the majority of American seniors, you want to live in your own home as you age. For many people, aging in place is a more affordable option and allows older adults to maintain their independence and stay engaged with the community. It also means you get to stay surrounded by familiar walls and happy memories. Home modifications are essential to staying safe and healthy. 

Widen doorways and hallways

Install grab bars and handrails

Install ramps

Bathroom modifications

Kitchen modifications

Install non-slip flooring

Lighting additions

Assistive technology devices