Home Safety Services
Making home safe for older adults
At ErgoVie, we understand the concerns of having an elderly loved one at home. We believe that with the right strategies in place, older adults can remain at home in a safe and comfortable environment.
We start by talking about your needs and any immediate issues related to life in the home. We then evaluate the entire home and how you interact with your environment. A functional evaluation follows by observing you perform your normal routine. We will then determine which activities and areas of the home pose safety concerns.
We will always make recommendations based on your habits and preferences, so that you can continue to do things your way independently and safely. We provide you with solutions to minimize security risks and maximize independence. For example, we will suggest: equipment for bathroom and bedroom mobility; simple ways to rearrange the home environment; strategies for completing home-based tasks safely and efficiently; medication management techniques; and more.
Client and caregiver education
Family members and caregivers know the clients best, and we always work in collaboration to ensure that everyone is well informed and knows how to implement our recommendations safely and efficiently. For all stakeholders, we provide: task-specific training; educational material; safety checklists; contacts of relevant community resources; and more. We follow up with all of our clients and their families to make sure that things are going smoothly. Our clients receive an extensive and official written report.
Our occupational therapists come to the home and provide solutions for:
- Fall prevention
- Home adaptations (bathroom, bedroom, etc.)
- Pressure wound care
- Transfer training
- Caregiver training
- Dementia/Alzheimer interventions
- Management of daily activities
- Detailed care plan development
- Application for Transport Adapté
- Application for disabled parking stickers
Our services are typically covered by private insurance. Please check to see if occupational therapy services are a part of your covered benefits
The MOST common incidents at home:
- Medication errors
- Bed sores
Are caused by:
- environmental risks
- prolonged bed rest
- decreased mobility
- sensory loss
- age-related cognitive changes
Consequences of an incident:
- Decrease in: autonomy, mobility, self-confidence, physical activity
- Increase in: dependency, social isolation, hospital admissions, financial burden
- Relocation to a nursing home or long term care residence
- 56% of incidents at home are preventable
- 91% of incidents result in increased use of healthcare services
- 68% of incidents result in a disability
- 33% of older adults living at home fall every year, 50% fall more than once
- 40% of long-term care admissions are the result of a fall
- 20% of older adults will die within 12 months of a hip fracture
- Fall with injury is the leading cause of hospitalization in older adults in Canada
- Falls are the leading cause of death and injury for people over 65 years old
- Falls often happen during wait times for a home safety evaluation
So what does the evidence say about occupational therapy intervention?
- Reduced fall risk and occurrence of falls
- Improved quality of life and performance of activities of daily living
- Decreased fear of falling
- Increased balance and strength
- Decreased number and frequency of hospital visits
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