The Home Independence Difference

Kyle Guenette is a registered and licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) in MA and RI and is also a certified aging in place specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders.

Kyle Guenette, Home Independence SolutionsAs a medical professional, Kyle is skilled with the ability to assess a person’s unique ability to perform everyday common tasks despite all obstacles hindering function and independence.

He is able to promote wellness and dignity through effective strategies that are client-centered, focusing on enhancing the quality of life.

Kyle is dedicated to assisting the growing need of homeowners who would like to remain in their home despite their altering needs and abilities.

Residential and commercial inspections for improved accessibility, fall risk prevention, and ADA compliance

I received a referral from a spouse whose husband was currently in a long term acute facility and wanted to take the initiative in the discharge home planning. We had an excellent discussion, and I was able to lessen the family anxiety by guiding them through a successful home discharge process as well as what to consider as barriers in the home.

She wanted me to come out to their house and make recommendations, specifically in the bathroom, although the cost was of concern.

The client was going to be discharged home with a tub transfer bench, and his wife discussed how the shower is a significant fall hazard as the client had several near falls in the past. (read on)

Recommending and demonstrating techniques that make daily activities possible and easier while aging at home

I recommended the appropriate size and placement of three grab bars, non-slip bath mat, as well as a hand-held shower head to improve the safety and ease of bathing at shower level.

I was able to work with a contractor within my network to provide the install of the grab bars and hand-held shower head before the client being discharged home while staying within their budget.

All too often, patients are discharged home without the proper recommendations or equipment to successfully, and safely, maintain optimal function at home. This is where our expertise really shines as when understanding the discharge process and assist with finding creative ways to common barriers.

Before hiring a contractor  – what you should know

“I collaboration with hand selected building professionals to develop a build plan or modification(s) specific to you or your loved ones needs… for living at home”.

There are many pieces to a puzzle and solving common problems with realistic and cost-effective solutions to home modifications are certainly no different.
Whenever possible, we always attempt to work with CAPS certified contractors who have a better understanding than a typical contractor on the aging market and materials/design implemented for optimal outcomes.

We share our knowledge, and home assessment findings with these contractors to problem solve and come up with the best solution to common barriers such as accessibility, fall prevention, mobility, and universal design concepts. This merges our input as medical professionals with building professionals, which results in a wonderfully tailored outcome.

Often, homeowners and/or contractors may think they have the best or most user-friendly solutions; however, this is where mistakes, usually costly ones, arise. As a side note, I met with a contractor early on in establishing a partnership, and he shared a story with me, on how a client of his wanted a $6000 walk-in tub given the client’s medical condition. After the renovation was complete and the walk-in tub installed, the client couldn’t safely access the walk-in tub, and the client decided to take the loss and install a zero-clearance shower stall instead!

This is just an example of the importance in the partnership between the contractor and occupational therapist to avoid these costly mistakes whenever applicable.

You might want to read this article: Case Study: OT and Remodeler Partnership Leads to Client Satisfaction this article appeared on the National Association of Home Builders.

Kyle’s Background:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Motor Development Therapy from Bridgewater State University
  • Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path College
  • Certified Aging in Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
  • Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) certified for oncology rehab
  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

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