slip surface. Many home renovationstores sell a plastic bead formula that canbe easily added to paint, stain or concretesealer to create a slip-resistant surface.
Increasingly, new homes are beingbuilt with ground-level (also known aszero-step) access. Ramps are anotheroption. They can be camouflagedwith landscaping. They are useful forresidents with mobility issues, youngfamilies with strollers, and cyclists whowant to bring a bike into the house.
Moving between floors
People who live in multi-level homes caninstall a chairlift to move between levels.Home elevators are also an option, butthey are expensive and they’re not easyto install because of the space they take.Increasingly, however, houses are beingbuilt with spaces that can be retrofittedwith elevators.
If you’re building a new house, Brownsays it’s a good idea to consider whatyou might need to do when the timecomes. As he says, it’s all about thinkingahead.
“If you put these changes in early inthe design process, the actual cost ofimplementing them is much less than ifyou have to go in and retrofit.” |a
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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 homeequity to remain in their homes and maintain their independence.
It provides a maximum loan of up to $40,000 to qualified Alberta seniorswith a total annual income of $75,000 or less. Repayment is onlyrequired when they sell their home or the home is no longer theirprimary residence.
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 Centreor call 1-877-644-9992 (Help is available in more than 100 languages.)