Lisa Gellatly, an occupational therapist with CHANS Home Health Care’s Rehabilitation Program, has recently completed an executive certificate program in in-home modification from the University of Southern California. Endorsed by the Occupational Therapy Association, the new and innovative program focuses on fall prevention and gerontological care programs. Home modification is a process for adapting the home environment of elders, to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living.

The new certification means that Gellatly is able to provide families and individuals with recommendations for current safety needs and educate for future housing, health and supportive service needs as they age. Gellatly can also guide homeowners with suggestions for structural modifications of existing home space or new construction of living spaces for elder safety and functionality. Examples of home modification include the installation of door handles that operate easily with a push; handrails on both sides of stairs; a walk-in shower with a hand-held flexible shower head; grab bars throughout the bathroom; modified handles on faucets, cabinets, and drawers for easy gripping; and sliding shelves in the kitchen.

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