Date of Defense

4-18-2012

Date of Graduation

4-28-2012

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Carla A. Chase

Second Advisor

Thomas D. Balmer

Third Advisor

Diane Bright

Abstract

This thesis examines a case study of a married couple who are transitioning into a new stage of their life after retirement. They are no longer comfortable in their current home and are considering other living options. A floor plan was universally designed to meet the needs of the couple and also the needs of all others who enter the home. This includes no-step entry, barrier free design, and adaptability in each room of the home. The project puts an emphasis on the importance of efficiency, adaptability, flexibility, and comfort in the home environment. An occupational therapist’s scope of practice includes conversing with people about their home environments and making recommendations that they see fit for the clients. The OT’s role in this case study is discussed throughout the project and a list of recommendations that the therapist may make is included. The couple may become confused with the universal design and all of the new terms that come with the territory. Explaining the design in user-friendly terms is the responsibility of the OT. Keeping the key features of universal design and the occupational therapy theory as a focus, a space was created for the couple so they are able to live comfortably in a new environment as their minds and bodies continue to change.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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