Aging in Place
Aging in Place is defined by the National Aging in place Council as the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
As defined by the Assistive technology Act of 1998, an assistive technology device is, “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities”.
This is a broad definition because assistive technology devices vary so much. They can be something very low tech and low in cost such as a can opener, or something more complex/involved and expensive such as a stair lift. You may already have many AT devices in your home and not be aware of it.
As defined by the American Occupational therapy Association, Occupational therapy (OT) is “The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness and to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial,
sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life.”
As described by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, Physical Therapy, PT, is “PTs are healthcare providers who are at the front line of the medical and preventative service professions. They examine, diagnose, and evaluate the extent of physical problems requiring physical energy interventions, and treat patients who are suffering from physical injuries or disabilities by teaching them various therapeutic exercises and activities that strengthen muscles, improve mobility, and relieve pain. They also provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. They also restore, maintain and promote overall health, wellness and fitness