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Is there a role for occupational therapists in the design of housing?

The Housing Learning & Improvement Network has recently published (January 2017) an article written by the independent occupational therapist Marney Walker entitled “Creating homes that people would like to live in rather than have to live in: Is there a role for occupational therapists in the design of housing?”

The article is a viewpoint of the author and discusses the benefits of creating good quality, cost effective and fit for purpose housing and notes how occupational therapists (OT’s) working in association with designers from the beginning of a project can reduce build costs.

The article also describes the valuable expertise that OT’s can bring to the table when designing accessible and adaptable housing refurbishments and adaptations, how they can help promote health and wellbeing and how there is compelling evidence that creating accessible homes can reduce the need for residential care.

For further details on the article click here.

To find out more about accessible housing design or how OHAC can assist Occupational Therapists please do not hesitate to contact one of our team on 01 – 4151285 or e-mail [email protected].

For information on upcoming training on accessible housing click here.