Home modifications have been an integral part of almost every evaluation over Alyssa's 28 years in adult and geriatric OT assignments. She has collaborated with handymen and remodelers to implement her independence and safety focused recommendations for over 20 years.
Occupational performance is at the core of Alyssa's work. This scope and treatment lens, unique to OTs, is a natural fit for ACCURATE home modification planning. The impact a person's surroundings has on the level of their ability, safety, and efficiency within all daily tasks has been the scope of OTs for decades! This breadth of knowledge and experience is extensively supported by research as the most effective component for home safety and long term independence outcomes and cannot be substituted.
Alyssa is a nationally registered and currently licensed to practice Occupational Therapy in California. She has always dreamed of a career in home modification and found her way to the CAPS course in November of 2018, where she received her Aging in Place certification from the National Association of Home Builders. Alyssa is a member of the national Home Modification of Occupational Therapy Alliance, HMOTA, where she is able to collaborate with a national team of OTs regularly and can be utilized to find the "just right fit" for you.
6 Steps of Occupational Therapist Led Home Modifications
1. IDENTIFY specific needs based on chart review, demonstrated function, diagnosis, activities of daily living (ADLs), values, and lifestyle needs and goals.
2. EVALUATE accessibility needs and limitations of interior and exterior of the home environment.
3. SPECIFY individualized accessible construction and design parameters as well as adaptive equipment requirements.
4. DESIGN consultation with Architects and Designers throughout the design process.
5. APPLY functional training and ADL expertise to accessible fixture and adaptive equipment selection and placement, while recommending building materials targeting best outcome for client's specific needs.
6. VERIFY solutions meet the needs of the client, family, and caregivers and provide training on proper body mechanics and use of home modifications and equipment.
** Sometimes modifying a home for aging-in-place, a disability or injury is not feasible due to the structure of the home, the cost to modify the existing structure, or basic home design. When modifying a home isn't an option working with a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) or a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation to identify a more appropriate home or to assist in designing an accessible addition to your property.
In December of 2016, Alyssa's father suffered a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury at the age of 86 after falling down a flight of stairs. She knows first-hand the devastation fall injuries render to a loved one and all those who love and care for an injured person.
Alyssa's mission to prevent unnecessary suffering is at the center of her specialization. She dedicates her work to the memory and honor of her parents who taught her the immense value for lifelong independence, respect for the elderly, and honest community connections.