"I am the administrator of a group home in Brooklyn, NY and one of our members has been declining in health and function. I was looking for someone to conduct a home assessment to make the group home more accessible and user-friendly for the member and his caregiver. I got in contact with a few companies that I found online, but no one answered back, except for the people from Adapting Spaces. An Adapting Spaces staff member called me back the same day and we scheduled an appointment. The people from Adapting Spaces were very professional; they provided me with a very thorough report and a list of helpful tips. I am in the process of implementing some of those suggestions and I will recommend Adapting Spaces to anyone looking to make their home more accessible."

Neil Markee, NY

"I was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy five years ago. Getting around the house had become very hazardous and going out of my house was almost impossible. I felt that i was losing my independence. But, thanks to the services from Adapting Spaces, I can one again enjoy my home and I can stay connected with family and friends." 

Mirta Warlock, Bayside, NY

"My mother is 90 years old and she lives in an apartment by herself. Recently, she suffered a fall inside her apartment; thank God she did not break anything, However, I was concerned about her safety and began to look for preventative solutions. Adapting Spaces not only helped me make her condo safer and more enjoyable, but also helped me stay connected with the Grand Care System." 

Dorothy Brook, Harsdale, NY

"Our ability to perform everyday tasks is something that we take for granted many times.  Unfortunately, an accident, illness, or just aging can interfere with these abilities.  As a consequence, the ability to perform simple tasks such as getting in and out of the tub, walking up or down steps, reaching for items in cabinets or closets, or even entering the home can become very difficult.  Home modifications under the guidance of an occupational therapist can close the gap between the environment and the individual.  These modifications will not only increase the level of independence of the individual at home, but also decrease the chances of future falls or environmental challenges." 

Grisel Lopez, OTR/L, M.S., M.Ed., MLD/CDT

"I used to do home evaluations with my patients when I was working at Beth Abraham. When it comes to the OT role, I think of it as OTs are the "consultants." I used to help my patients and their family to identify serious or unsafe concerns in their house/apt and help create a plan to address them to enhance my patients’ maximal independence when performing their daily ADLs. I was checking the windows, doors, kitchen counter tops, floors, lighting, bathroom, bedroom, stairs etc.... if they are accessible in terms of their disability.


Home modification is really helpful. I think of it as a compensatory approach in which it emphasize changing the context of the environment to make it easier or enable a patient to successfully move around their home safely, meet his or her needs and retain his or her interest. Home modification would surely help decrease the risk of falls, increase mobility or maneuverability; facilitate independence, increase interest, self-esteem and confidence."

Abegail Magale, MS OTR/L, COTA/L
Highfield Gardens Care Center, Great Neck
Margaret Tietz Adult Day Center, Queens

"Home modifications are very important for those individuals with disabilities and without to enable them to live very independent and successful lives. Whether it is an older adult or an individual with a spinal cord injury, with home modifications, their opportunity for LIVING become limitless."

Orlinne Daniel, MS, OTR/L
Spinal Cord Injury Unit
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Tampa, FL