Adaptive Equipment and Environmental Changes

Occupational therapists can often recommend adaptive equipment to make activities of daily living easier, such as modified eating utensils, reaching aids, and dressing aids to facilitate ease of performance. Both PT and OT therapists can assist and educate the patient and caregiver on changing the environment of their home to make it easier to maneuver in the home and to enhance safety and reduce falls. As the patient's function warrants, grab bars may need to be installed to assist with sit-to-stand transfers from the toilet and other low surfaces. Other equipment to consider includes high-rise toilets and shower chairs. A home visit can be helpful to identify risks for falls and recommendations to eliminate throw rugs and clutter on the floor, and placement of nightlights.

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