Alterations, Modifications Help Keep You Safe at Home
Our Home Safety Modification team is dedicated to working with you to help you remain safely in your home. Fall prevention and home safety are paramount. Perhaps you’re someone dealing with a chronic condition, and a few home alterations will make life easier. Perhaps someone you love could use a grab bar, a bed rail and a couple of shelf adjustments that will make it easier to stand and balance. Or perhaps a sudden, unexpected change like an injury may require a temporary or permanent ramp.
When you choose us, we come to your home to meet with you in person.
Our home evaluations are done by occupational therapy assistants who are skilled at assessing individual abilities and promoting full participation in daily life activities. At Independent Living, we believe a thorough home safety evaluation by an occupational therapy professional is an essential first step in the home modification process. To learn why our assessments are a valuable service to you, review this helpful article from the American Occupational Therapy Association.
We evaluate your home for accessibility, safety and ease of use for you. Adaptations may be as simple as moving scatter rugs (trip hazard) to something more elaborate like modifying the bathroom to better accommodate a wheelchair. Perhaps you might benefit from a ramp or shelving adjusted to your ability to reach. After your home evaluation, we take care of ordering the equipment you need.
You have access to a range of home accessibility and adaptation services that include:
- Ramps (interior and exterior)
- Kitchen and bathroom accessibility
- tub cut-outs with walk-in-tub, or tub-to-shower conversions
- hand-held showers
- shelves and cupboards adjusted
- grab bars placed by showers, toilets, tubs and other helpful spots
- door levers instead of door knobs
- toilet seat risers
- Indoor and outdoor repair of steps
- Couch and chair risers
- Helpful equipment
- Quad canes and walkers
- Reachers, extenders and footstools with handles
- Bath benches, commodes and more
Aging in place is important, and with more than 45 years of experience, we are ready to help you maintain your independence and safety at home. Take the next step and call 608.268.9635 today.
Watch and Learn!
FACTv in Fitchburg shares tips from Independent Living about home modifications that can help you continue to stay home and live safely. On the second Tuesday of the month, watch the program “Talking Fitchburg” to learn more from our managers!
Video 1: What Is Home Modification?
Video 2: Adaptive Equipment Show and Tell
Video 3: Icy Sidewalks and Keeping Yourself Safe at Home
Video 4: Ways to Minimize the Challenges of Getting In and Out of a Chair
Video 5: What Does a Home Safety Evaluation Look For? Part 1
Video 6: What Does a Home Safety Evaluation Look For? Part 2
Video 7: Techniques and Tools For Safe Dressing
Video 8: Advice and Tools to Avoid Slips and Falls in the Bathroom
Video 9: Advice and Tools for Outdoor Safety in Winter
Video 10: Advice and Tools for Working Safely in the Kitchen
Video 11: Advice and Tools to Keep a Bedroom Safe and Accessible
Video 12: How to Sit in and Rise from a Chair, or “How to Avoid the Plop”
Video 13: Tips for Navigating a Staircase, including with or without a Cane or Walker
Video 14: Tips and Techniques for Getting In and Out of the Car
Video 15: What to Look for in Canes and Walkers
Video 16: What to Look For in a Home Safety Assessment
Video 17: Great Gifts to Manage Mobility in a Car or Pick Up Items
Home Safety Checklist
Interested in doing a home safety review on your own first? An easy-to-use checklist has been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Independent Living administers grants on behalf of the City of Madison and Dane County that may cover some home modification expenses for qualified individuals. Information is available. Contact our Home Safety Modifications Manager at 608.268.9635 or email.
Fall Risk Checklist
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. In this age group, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) says that every 29 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall. More men than women die from falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports that falls are the leading cause of accidental death among people age 65 and older. More than half of falls resulting in death occur in the home.
To determine if you or someone you know might be risking a fall at home, take a few minutes to review the Fall Risk Checklist.
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