FAQs

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What is the “occupational” in occupational therapist?  I’m retired!

A.  In this case, occupational means how you occupy your time. It applies to any activity that is important to you. Andrew is clinically trained to assess your ability to perform them, regardless of your physical, cognitive, psychological or emotional limitations. As a part of that assessment, he identifies obstacles that make the performance of those activities difficult.

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I already have a builder. Doesn’t he know everything you do?

A. No, he doesn’t have the occupational therapy training Andrew has, nor does he have the experience of working with other people with similar conditions or limitations. Most builders will be happy to have Andrew’s assessment of your needs – it will make the finished product better and more perfectly suited to you. Andrew becomes another expert on the builder’s team, similar to the expert plumber, electrician and carpenter on the team the builder already employs. Andrew serves as the expert on the person’s ability to function comfortably, effectively and safely within the home.

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Doesn’t everyone with CAPS certification know what you know?

A. No, the occupational therapy training Andrew has sets him apart from CAPS-certified individuals. Occupational therapists are clinically trained to assess your ability to perform them, regardless of your physical, cognitive, psychological or emotional limitations. In fact, the CAPS curriculum actively encourages those seeking certification to find a health care professional – especially an occupational therapist – to work with. Experienced OT’s like Andrew bring insights from working with other patients and families in a clinical setting. A CAPS-certified provider will welcome the contribution Andrew can make.

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A grab bar is a grab bar, right?

A.  Well, not exactly. This question leads to more questions:

  • Is the grab bar for balance or to take your weight as you change position?
  • Will you be pushing down on the grab bar or using it to pull yourself up?

Depending on how it will be used, a grab bar can be mounted horizontally or vertically (but almost never diagonally, please!). The placement depends on the individual, what activity they are using the grab bar to assist, and how their mobility is limited. 

Beyond basic practicality, a grab bar can BE a grab bar without LOOKING like a grab bar, too. If your loved one is embarrassed about needing a grab bar, there are plenty of options that provide assistance to the one who needs it, while a casual visitor won’t even notice it. 

There is no single placement or orientation that is right for everyone, even if all the pictures you see show diagonally mounted grab bars.

Q.

What if I do a major renovation to my house, but then I get worse? Have I wasted all that money?

A. Taking a longer view of your physical condition and how it may change as time passes is the best way to assure that you don’t waste any money. Working with an occupational therapist like Andrew will help you understand how your condition will continue to change, based on similar situations with other patients. Then you can make decisions  in line with y our long term goals.

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I have ALS. My mobility issues are already solved but I’m having trouble with eating and drinking. Can you help?

A. Yes. Andrew is clinically trained to assess all activities of daily living and understands which products will bring the greatest benefit to the patient.  Andrew is able to research and identify the right products to address the specific challenges of a particular diagnosis.

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 What is universal design?

A. Universal design (also called inclusive design) is the notion of designing a space that is inherently accessible to all people — people with disabilities, people without disabilities and older people. This principle renders the concept of renovation to provide accessibility obsolete.  A companion notion, often called “visitability” implies the same open accessibility. “Visitability” means that your friend who walks with a walker can visit you at home easily, instead of you always having to go to see them. Changes made to homes that allow easy access to all people, regardless of physical ability,  raise the value of the property to the homeowner and to future homeowners.

Q.

What does it cost to work with Andrew?

A. Here is Andrew’s fee schedule.  The initial telephone consultation is always free.