slip surface. Many home renovation
stores sell a plastic bead formula that can
be easily added to paint, stain or concrete
sealer to create a slip-resistant surface.
Increasingly, new homes are being
built with ground-level (also known as
zero-step) access. Ramps are another
option. They can be camouflaged
with landscaping. They are useful for
residents with mobility issues, young
families with strollers, and cyclists who
want to bring a bike into the house.
Moving between floors
People who live in multi-level homes can
install a chairlift to move between levels.
Home elevators are also an option, but
they are expensive and they’re not easy
to install because of the space they take.
Increasingly, however, houses are being
built with spaces that can be retrofitted
If you’re building a new house, Brown
says it’s a good idea to consider what
you might need to do when the time
comes. As he says, it’s all about thinking
“If you put these changes in early in
the design process, the actual cost of
implementing them is much less than if
you have to go in and retrofit.” |a
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Call Health Link at 811, and then press 1.
FIND AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists: saot.ca
Alberta College of Occupational Therapists: acot.ca
POTENTIAL FUNDING FOR RENOVATIONS
Alberta Aids to Daily Living:
health.alberta.ca and search Alberta Aids to Daily Living
Seniors Financial Assistance programs:
alberta.ca and search seniors financial assistance
Seniors Home and Adaptation Repair Program:
Also known as SHARP, this program allows seniors to use their home
equity to remain in their homes and maintain their independence.
It provides a maximum loan of up to $40,000 to qualified Alberta seniors
with a total annual income of $75,000 or less. Repayment is only
required when they sell their home or the home is no longer their
alberta.ca and search seniors home adaptation
CHECKLISTS AND MORE
Accessible housing by design:
Go to cmhc.ca and search accessible housing
Checklists for homes (including appliances):
Go to cmhc.ca and search universal design
Alberta Supports contact centre:
Go to alberta.ca and search Alberta Supports Centre
or call 1-877-644-9992 (Help is available in more than 100 languages.)