Home modification occupational therapist’s role in the team:
- Evaluate client’s functional abilities within the environment.
- Evaluate the home environment.
- Recommendations for the following based on medical necessity and the client’s functional abilities, diagnosis and prognosis.
- Home modifications: short-term and long-term recommendations for independence, safety, accessibility that reduce demands on caregivers.
- Design consultation to ensure floor plans/blueprints meet the short-term and long-term needs of the client and family.
- Adaptive equipment to increase safety and function and decrease construction costs.
- Accessible fixture recommendations, procurement and placement of fixtures, such as grab bars and faucets that are functional and look great. Part of being home is feeling like home and not a hospital.
- Attendant care needs recommendations based on function and the environment that Workman’s comp, Auto insurance and legal entities require for justification of medical necessity.
- Follow-up occupational therapy services for training of client and caregiver to ensure safe, efficient and proper use of adaptive equipment and home modifications.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
The Home Modification Occupational Therapy Alliance (HMOTA) was formed as a place for Home Modification OT’s to be found by case managers, attorneys, and clients who need expert home modification OT services.
HMOTA is a place for home mod OT’s to congregate and learn, but also to get to work. HMOTA has contracts for home modification OT work, and is a place case managers, physicians, and consumers go to find home mod OT expertise.
The home modification OT’s in HMOTA work together to support one another and share expertise to solve difficult home accessibility issues, identify cutting edge equipment and technology, and to share business expertise.
HMOTA was formed with two main goals in mind:
1. To promote occupational therapists as leaders in the field of home modifications.
2. To develop a lucrative business model for home modification occupational therapists.
A third goal was added later:
3. Increase home modification occupational therapists’ expertise in home modification techniques, technology, equipment and design.
HMOTA was born at the AOTA conference in 2015. We now have members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and the world. We have online meetings the first and third Mondays of every month at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
For our online meetings we discuss our businesses, have speakers, present our projects and get to know other OT’s who are working in the home modification field.
We have a community forum at www.hmota.org for members to post links to their blogs and have online discussions.
The Home Modification Occupational Therapy Alliance is specifically for occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants. Although it takes a team of builders, designers, and healthcare professionals working together as equals to design and modify homes for accessibility, the HMOTA forum and meetings are just for OT’s and COTA’s to congregate, learn, network and support one another in our own OT sort of way.:-).