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About the Project

Assistive devices can enable seniors and veterans to remain safe and active:

  • A cane can allow people to continue to walk and maintain their leisure and fitness.
  • Bath safety devices, including grab bars, non-slip bath mats, and bath seats can enhance safety and allow seniors continued independence when bathing or showering

So how do we plan to encourage the use of assistive devices? We will work with seniors and veterans to approach businesses in their own communities to encourage:

  • Retailers to increase the availability and visibility of canes, grab bars, bath/shower seats and non-slip bath mats,
  • Hoteliers to increase the number of guest rooms equipped with grab bars, non-slip mats, and bath seats,
  • Builders to display grab bars in model homes and to offer these as options to buyers.

We also provided community education and point-of-purchase information to help everyone become more informed consumers. If the program is successful in our four pilot sites, it will be made more widely available. The pilot sites are Nanaimo, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Gatineau, Quebec; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

For more information, download our most recent newsletter.

Tools for Living Well is a joint project of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the University of Ottawa, sponsored by Health Canada and Veterans Affairs Canada.

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