This post was originally published here, as a, but since it may be beneficial & helpful for some of our patients and readers, I’ve included a some snippets and the link, in case it may be of value to those looking into home safety modifications. I hope you find it a quick and insightful read.
What modifications or technological tools are available to those experiencing hearing loss?
Prior to taking the helm here at ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, I worked as a healthcare consultant for Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), helping the department with statewide integrated clinical support and other projects related to supporting individuals with disabilities. Part of that work involved home modifications for safety & accessibility, so I always enjoy being able to discuss the topic.
I was recently able to sit down with the folks from Coverage, to talk specifically about home modifications and technological tools available for folks who may experience hearing loss or deafness.
Here are a couple of snippets:
“When an individual experiences an auditory impairment, safety must be the priority.”
Salazar also embraces newer technologies; “things like Google Nest and the like can send alerts to an individual’s phone. If the phone is set with light/vibration alerts, then this increases the odds that the individual will receive the alert and avoid harm,” says Salazar.
Now, the topic of home accessibility & safety can be rather technical, confusing, and even intimidating for anyone looking at trying to help a loved one (or themselves) live safely in their home.
If you, or a loved one has experienced recent falls in the home, or if you or a loved on is having difficulty getting around the home, then a Home Accessibility & Safety Assessment may help you plan for the future while making sure that safety, accessibility, and independence are maintained.
Now, this all starts with an initial meeting to see if this is even a good option for you. Contact us to learn more about our home accessibility & safety services.
Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the CEO & President of Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness, as well as the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center, where he worked on projects to improve patient & employee engagement and experience throughout the organization. He also has experience as a faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT.