Living life to its fullest

March 1, 2010 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

OK, so your house is accessible…check….now what? Creating a safe and accessible environment is one step in the right direction but does not allow a person to “live life to its fullest” (AOTA slogan). What about all the other activities that fill your day—using the computer, listening to music, reading a book, gardening, or even dancing?

As an Occupational Therapist I have always enjoyed problem-solving how to maximize a person’s independence to be able to participate in the activities they enjoy. After all, isn’t that what life is all about? Being able to modify or adapt an activity is a welcome challenge for me. There are plenty of items on the market, but sometimes it just takes a bit of environmental modification to create more independence. Plato was certainly on to something when he said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

 Skiing, biking, skydiving, swing dancing and SCUBA diving—a few of the many activities we have enjoyed over the years. Modified to meet Bill’s needs, but still so much fun! What activities do you enjoy, and what modifications (if any) have been made for increased access?

SCUBA diving the Great Barrier Reef wearing a modified BCD to allow for use with limited fine motor coordination/ hand control. Snorkeling in Fiji wearing neoprene scuba booties to protect his feet and float his legs. Also has webbed gloves to assist with swimming (not shown in picture).

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