Using our experience to influence housing design
25 Nov 2021
Marney will share her experience of advising on the design of inclusive and accessible housing to show how occupational therapists can use their understanding of the significant impact that the environment has on independence, wellbeing, and quality of life. How we can use our skills and experience to act as advocates, describing the challenges faced by individuals with physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments. Working collaboratively, OTs can have a unique role in new and retrofit housing design by explaining the barriers to independence in the home environment. By working with commissioners, housing developers, architects, and contractors at an early stage we can communicate the value and importance of key features, to find cost-effective accessible aspirational solutions. How, by acting as interpreters of regulations, explaining the reasoning for key requirements, and signposting to good practice, housing occupational therapists are influencing policy and regulations at strategic, national and government levels.