You may be wondering how the role of Solutions 4 Home interacts with clients and contractors. Let’s take a moment to explore how these relationships make projects successful!
The role of the client
As a home owner, we often face challenges when buying, building or remodeling a home. No matter how hard you try to find the ‘perfect home’, inevitably your home will provide a challenge for you at some point in the future. What we often forget when we are 25 years old and picking out the perfect home is how that home will work for us at age 85. After all, that is a seemingly a lifetime away! The challenges with your home could also be related those visiting. Everyone struggles at some point to get ‘aunt Edna’ into their home for that special family gathering, right? Additionally, we don’t plan for accidents and the sudden need for crutches, a scooter, or a wheelchair. The role of the client is to identify the goals and concerns, whether you are the home owner or a caregiver for an individual in need. As a client, you can rest assured you don’t have to find all the answers alone.
The role of the Solutions 4 Home consultant
Solutions 4 Home provides the experience of an Occupational Therapist to bridge the gap between the client and the contractor on your aging in place project. Occupational Therapy, as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association, is ‘the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (‘occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability’. Specialized training in home modification and a deep understanding of health, disability, and aging provides unique perspectives on your home and its ability to grow old with you or support a new disability. From the kitchen to the bathroom, every room in your home can bring challenges to aging or disability. Aging in place is more than just a grab bar, it’s about design features and how they interact with issues such as physical disabilities, low vision, hearing impairment, walker use, or a wheelchair to name a few. The consultant can be invaluable in reducing the stress on you while making decisions about home modification and your future.
The role of the contractor
The contractor is the build expert. While the consultant has expertise in planning, design features, disability, and accessibility needs, the contractor will see the project to completion for the client. Contractors play and important role in ensuring the feasibility of the project, budgeting, project management, and construction. Where are your load bearing walls? Can the plumbing be moved? There are a number of decisions that need to be left to the build expert! Your consultant will work closely with the contractor throughout the project because even the best ‘handicap’ design plans may not capture the true needs of an individual related to disability and aging.
The small investment in consulting services are sure to pay off in the long run. Not only will it help make decision making easier in the planning stage, it will also ensure your project supports you forever!