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Home Modifications & Assistive Technology ImageModifications to the home environment can reduce barriers to independence and make it easier for people to complete day to day activities, which in turn can avoid or decrease the need for care in the home. Not only do home modifications reduce the burden on informal carers but can also reduce the cost of formal care services. The article, Home modifications reduce reliance on care, details recent research that explores how home modifications impact the cost of care.

ILC OT measuring the wiedth of a step as part of an assessmentRead our blog post ‘Apps for Home Modifications: OTs, is it time to put down our pens and tape measure?’ by Occupational Therapist (OT)  Kelly McAuliffe around the use of Apps when you’re an OT undertaking home visits and home modifications prescription.

Older lady using a walking frame exiting her front door with a rubber ramp to help aleviate the change in levelRead an article by ILC Occupational Therapist Hilary O’Connell ‘More than bricks & mortar, an article from CommunityWest News’ about how assistive technology or home modifications can help a person adapt and overcome access and safety issues in the home.

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Lady with limited use of one arm trialling assistive equipment at the ILC showroom kitchen

Read our latest blog post ‘Assistive Technology supports Wellness and Reablement‘ by Genna Parasiliti .  As people age or develop chronic health conditions it is common to experience difficulties in completing meaningful activities. Traditionally community support services were introduced when people were faced with challenges maintaining their own personal care or social roles. There are many people however who with the use of alternative strategies, an assistive aid or home modification would be able to regain their independence once more.

Older gentleman using a wheelchair and using a ramp at the rear of his houseRead our blog post Home Modifications – Getting it right! by Occupational Therapist (OT) Kelly McAuliffe around how modifications can ensure the home environment is easy to access, supports you with your daily activities and is hazard free. It also discusses the role of the OT, tradesperson and builder.