What We Do/Services

Home Mobility VT provides the following services to help people stay in their home and community. AARP recommends teaming up with an Occupational Therapist & Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) to make your home a “Good Fit” for you!

Medicare Part B Participating Provider

Assessments:

  • Personal Assessment: Help client understand their current strength, flexibility and general fitness. Personal Assessments are invaluable tools for offering strategies tailored to the individual and provide a basis to predict future challenges.
  • Home Assessment: The purpose of a Home Assessment is to evaluate your homes layout to: 1) eliminate and items that pose hazards to aging seniors, and 2) provide suggestions for basic changes and adaptive equipment that will promote a safe, supportive, and comfortable environment in which clients can age in place.
  • Aging in Place Consultation
  • Assist and Expedite Discharge from nursing home or hospital: often in order to be discharged from a medical facility to a home, changes (modifications) to the environment are necessary to allow for safe access and utilization of the space.

Other Services:

  • Collaborate with Building Professionals: Builders/Re-modelers, Designers, Architects
  • Education with Client, Caregivers, Family

Adaptive Equipment/Product Recommendation (and help acquiring):

Equipment that can help make your home more accessible and easier for you to live in for years to come. Home Mobility VT can recommend a variety of accessibility products to help make your home easier and more enjoyable to live in.

Minor home modifications can include:

  • non-glare light bulbs
  • hand rails
  • grab bars
  • toilet frame
  • elevated toilet seat
  • shower seat
  • tub bench
  • long handled shower head
  • grip surfaces
  • visual marker cues
  • bed bars

More Extensive Modification include:

  • ramps
  • stair glide
  • platform/stair lifts
  • walk-in Tub
  • comfort toilet
  • home elevators

Complete Remodel of Bathroom/Kitchen:

If a change in medical condition leads to a person having to utilize mobility equipment, such as a walker or a wheelchair, accessing and utilizing a room can become challenging if not impossible. A CAPS certified OT can help a person and their caregiver arrive at a cost effective plan.

Helping Your Older Parent Remain At Home:

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT MOM AND DAD AT HOME? ARE ONE OR BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS finding it more difficult to manage daily tasks in the home? Do you worry about the health and safety of a parent living alone? As abilities diminish as part of the normal aging process, families and other caregivers must often help the older person obtain the assistance needed to maintain independence and live safely at home. An occupational therapist works with the person and family to ensure that recommendations to increase independence and safety are specific to their wants and needs, skills, environment, budget, and other criteria. The following tips come from occupational therapy practitioners who work with families to help older adults stay in their homes. (AOTA)

Aging In Place:

ARE YOU PLANNING TO REMAIN IN YOUR OWN HOME as you grow older? Are you finding it more difficult to manage some daily tasks in your home? Do you or your family and friends have safety concerns about you living alone? As abilities diminish during the normal aging process, families and other caregivers must offer more assistance to allow an elderly person to live a safe and independent life at home. An occupational therapist will work with you to ensure that recommendations to increase independence and safety are specific to your wants and needs, skills, environment, budget, and other criteria. The following tips come from occupational therapy practitioners who work with older adults to help them stay in their homes.

Your home is the most important consideration to remaining independent. Home Mobility VT can show you how to get it ready for later in life, starting today. Aging in place means supporting a person to age in their own home. This may mean minor home adaptations and identifying supports that allow “young seniors” to live in their own home safely and independently for as long as possible.  At Home Mobility VT, a primary focus of the evaluation and services are:

  • Identifying challenges that clients have developed while aging, making sure their home still “fits” them and their needs
  • Modifying the home environment to minimize the impacts of those challenges, starting with basic and simple solutions such as installing a grab bar
  • Creating adaptive ways to safely perform basic daily activities

55+ years old is not too young to begin planning your home for Aging In Place. There are many beautiful adaptations that can be made in your home early to prepare for safe and comfortable living as you age.

How to Make & Pay for Home Modifications to Enable Aging in Place is a frequent question asked. Financial assistance programs are available to assist with home modifications with the senior population. Understand your financial options for home modifications to enable aging in place.

Prepare for Surgical Procedure:

Are you or is someone you care about planning to have debilitating surgery? It is very important to consider how the precautions ordered by the surgeon will effect life at home. Will you be able to access the various rooms in your home? Will you be able to get into the bathroom to use the toilet or shower? Will you be able to access items in your kitchen? By planning ahead you can feel confident about returning home after surgery.

Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”

“With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken,” Frieden noted.

It is critical that our seniors remain safe in and outside their homes, therefore, Home Mobility VT’s goal is to ensure a safe return home following surgery and hospitalization by preparing in advance. This proactive approach strongly supports The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals. The assessments also minimize a patient’s anxiety and uncertainty following surgery.

Falls

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries among older adults, both fatal and non-fatal, in the U.S. and Vermont. The average cost of a fall in Vermont is $30,000. My goal is to help you make your environment safer, easier and more enjoyable by breaking down various activities (showering, dressing, cooking, etc.) that you do everyday and to determine what simple modifications can hopefully help prevent a fall!

According to the CDC, these are the 10 physical risk factors for falls:

  1. Weakness
  2. Multiple Medical Issues
  3. Difficulty Walking
  4. Use of Medications
  5. Vision Issues
  6. Foot Pain/Foot Issues
  7. Nephropathy
  8. Instability
  9. Dizziness
  10. Incontinence

Billing/Insurance:

Medicare Part B Participating Provider

About

Home Mobility VT provides tasteful remodel recommendations to account for safety and health. My goal is to make the “aging-in-place” or transition home as easy as possible.

Get in Touch

Reach out for information on how I can help you make your home safer.

sherrypidgeon@homemobilityvt.com

(802) 578-3440

Fax (802) 990-2684

376 Pumpkin Hill, Williston, VT 05495

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