Fall Prevention Month and Free Home Safety Assessments

Fall Prevention Month and Free Home Safety Assessments

June being Fall Prevention Month, we feel it’s the best time to be sure that your home is optimized for safety.  We’ve all read the statistics that just about ⅓ of senior citizens will fall every year and that falls are the number one cause of injuries for the elderly. Hip fractures, cuts, bruises, and…

Aging In Place Tips For The Kitchen

Aging In Place Tips For The Kitchen

When you think of spaces that can benefit from home modifications for aging in place, you may initially think of bathrooms and entryways. One of the more overlooked spaces is the kitchen. So much goes on in the kitchen: cooking, dining, socializing, relaxing. It is also one of the easiest spots to make small, yet…

April is OT Month & US Small Business Week is Approaching

April is OT Month & US Small Business Week is Approaching

We are proud to announce that our Oakley Home Access co-owners, Justin Oakley and Michael Vieira, share the honor of being named as Rhode Island’s 2019 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates National Small Business Week (May 5-11, 2019) by recognizing the…

Occupational Balance

Occupational Balance

People often wonder how to balance all of the aspects of their busy lives. From work responsibilities to family commitments, in our modern world we all have a lot going on! This is especially true for those who are caregivers to an elderly spouse or loved one. In these cases, it is especially important to…

Visitability & Adapting Your Home For Visitors

Visitability & Adapting Your Home For Visitors

With the holidays approaching, many of us will be opening our homes to friends and family. Of course some visitors will effortlessly be able to enter and navigate a standard home with multiple steps to enter & stairs to common areas. Many visitors, for a wide variety of reasons, have trouble climbing steps or utilize…

Long-Term Care Policies and Home Modification Funding

Long-Term Care Policies and Home Modification Funding

One of the most frequent questions that we are asked regards how to pay for home modifications. We have covered several options that are available in previous blogs, but one of the more overlooked options is the Long-Term Care Policy. Long-Term Care policies are often erroneously referred to as ‘Nursing Home Insurance’ and though they will…

Veterans Administration HISA Grant

Veterans Administration HISA Grant

At Oakley Home Access we are always working to find funding sources for those who need home modifications. One of the grant programs that we work with is through the Veterans Administration, called the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations Grant. This grant provides funding for medically necessary improvements and structural alterations to Veterans or Servicemembers’ primary residence.…

RI Livable Home Modification Grant Application Process

RI Livable Home Modification Grant Application Process

The RI Livable Home Modification Grant reimburses 50% of the cost of modifying homes, up to a total of $5000.  Home modification can enable homeowners or renters with disabilities or mobility issues to remain in their own homes safely and avoid relocation to costly long-term care facilities. Eligibility requirements are very generous; they are spelled out in the…

Rhode Island Home Modification Funding Sources

Rhode Island Home Modification Funding Sources

Once Oakley Home Access does our home assessment and determines the proper modifications for each individual person, the question we are asked most frequently is, “How can we pay for these modifications?” Thankfully there are several different funding sources for most people to consider if they are not able to pay out of pocket. Home modifications and…

Dangers and Drawbacks to Glass Shower Doors

Dangers and Drawbacks to Glass Shower Doors

Some individuals choose glass shower doors because they look nice and they let in light when you are in the shower. The trade-off from having something that looks good, however, is a significant decrease in safety & accessibility. We dislike them in any home, and because our focus is on safety and aging in place,…