Occupational Therapy Assessment for Home Modifications
Swift Health occupational therapists (OTs) provide home modification assessments for seniors and people living with disabilities. BC Housing has made changes to improve access to home modifications for seniors and people living with disabilities.
The BC Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (BC RAHA) program now requires assessment by an occupational therapist for many adaptations. Visit BC Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (BC RAHA) (bchousing.org) to learn more. The OTs at Swift Health can assist you or a loved one through the home modification process to ensure continuity of care, quality assurance, and reach outcome measures.
Home modification equipment and design recommendations
Contractor/Vendor quote reviews
Construction/Equipment installation follow up
Post-modification occupancy evaluation
What is a home assessment and why do I need one?
A home assessment by a health care professional can help identify special equipment, design features and ways to make your home safer and more accessible an in-home assessment carefully considers the layout and features of your home with information about your disability or ability loss.
An assessment identifies areas that could benefit from changes that allow you to continue living safely in your home as long as possible. Some recommendations may be simple like moving furniture to clear walking paths.
Reducing your fall risk is a good start. By removing items that block your walking paths, you can improve mobility in your home without any extra cost.
Other recommendations may need more effort. You may have to buy equipment or hire a contractor to make home adaptations. This is where BC RAHA helps. The home assessment findings can be used to assist with planning and help guide decisions and discussions. This makes sure any adaptations made to your home will meet your needs.
Does the assessment need to be in person?
No, due to Covid-19 restrictions the assessment can be done virtually. Swift Health offers both options.
Does the written assessment need to be on the BC RAHA form?
No, it does not. The assessment must include the following information:
• Name of client requiring adaptations. • Address where adaptations are being requested. • Proof that the assessor observed the client(s) functioning in the home.• • Does the client(s) use any mobility equipment in the home? If yes, describe. • Description of the client(s) specific permanent disability or loss of ability and how this impacts their ability to perform basic activities of daily living in the home. • Has the condition lasted at least 12 months or is reasonably expected to last at least 12 months? • List of all BC RAHA eligible adaptations that the assessor is recommending that will improve the client’s ability to perform basic activities of daily living in their home. For more information please see the BC RAHA application form, or Rebate Schedule available online at www.bchousing.org/BC-RAHA • Was there a fee charged to complete assessment? Yes/No. If yes, provide $ amount • Assessors Name and Professional Designation • Assessors Registration number • Assessors Phone numb
Does the assessment need to be completed by an OT or PT?
OT and PT are recommended. However, other health care professionals may be considered. Call us to learn more.