April is occupational therapy month and to celebrate, we are highlighting the occupational therapist on the Peerless Improvements team, Leigh Ustick OTR/L. As an occupational therapist who specializes in home modification for older adults and people with disabilities, Leigh is skilled at evaluating a person’s needs to maximize safety and functioning at home.
The most commonly modified area in the home is the bathroom. Most home accidents happen in the bathroom so it is important to focus on this area for fall risks. Along with grab bars, comfort height toilets, and ample storage to keep clutter off the floor, a walk-in shower can be a great addition to a safe but beautiful bathroom. A tub/shower combination can create a trip hazard when trying to get in and out of the shower. A walk-in shower can have a small threshold while a roll-in shower has no threshold allowing for easy access for a wheelchair. A skilled occupational therapist can make these recommendations specific to your needs while keeping the beauty of your aesthetic choices.
Whether designing a home modification around a specific client’s needs, or implementing universal design in a traditional renovation, Peerless Improvements is proud to offer occupational therapy evaluations and recommendations during April and all year long.