Minor Home Modifications

Occupational therapists make essential and impactful adjustments to homes that empower individuals to live more independently and safely.

These skilled professionals assess the unique needs of each person and recommend minor modifications tailored to their abilities. By installing features like grab bars, non-slip flooring, and lever handles, occupational therapists create environments that promote easy movement, reduce hazards, and enhance daily routines.

From improved bathroom safety to accessible pathways, their expertise transforms homes into supportive spaces where adults can navigate with confidence and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Here are some examples of minor home modifications that occupational therapists might recommend for adults to improve their safety and independence:

  • Grab Bars and Handrails

    Installing grab bars in bathrooms, hallways, and staircases can provide essential support while standing, walking, and transferring. Handrails along staircases and ramps enhance stability and safety.

  • Threshold Ramps

    Adding ramps at doorways or raised thresholds ensures smooth transitions between rooms, making it easier for individuals with mobility aids to move around.

  • Lever-Style Door Handles

    Switching traditional doorknobs to lever handles makes doors easier to open, especially for those with limited hand strength or dexterity.

  • Shower Bench or Chair

    Providing a stable seating option in the shower can improve comfort and safety during bathing.

  • Raised Toilet Seat

    Adding a raised toilet seat reduces the effort required to sit down and stand up, benefiting individuals with mobility challenges.

  • Handheld Showerhead

    A detachable showerhead offers greater control over water direction and flow, accommodating individuals with varying mobility.

  • Adjustable Bed

    An adjustable bed frame can assist individuals with positioning, making it easier to get in and out of bed and find a comfortable sleeping position.

  • Easy-to-Reach Storage

    Placing frequently used items within arm's reach or installing pull-out shelves in cabinets makes daily tasks more manageable.