A home assessment helps if you or someone living in your home is physically challenged due to an injury, disability or aging, and you want to make your home as barrier-free and safe as possible. A barrier-free home also benefits anyone who is dealing with mobility limitations while recovering from surgery, a stroke, or a heart attack. Unfortunately, most homes are not designed or equipped to accommodate people with physical limitations or meet the challenges faced by aging adults. A Home Assessment can help you identify barriers in your home that may need to be removed or modified. You can also use it to create a prioritized list of projects that you can then pursue as time and resources allow.
Several organizations publish comprehensive lists of questions to ask and things to look for when assessing a home for barriers effecting mobility. Here are a few examples.
- Rebuilding Together
- www.rebuildingtogether.org – Search for “Checklist.”
- The American Association of Retired People (AARP)
- www.aarp.org – Search for “Home Safety Checklists.”
Whether you choose to conduct your own Home Assessment or work with Adaptive Living Designs to complete one, a home assessment is a constructive first step toward increasing your independence at home, promoting participation in recreational activities and hobbies, and providing you and your family with peace of mind.