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Accessible Housing, a national network of environmental access and medical remodeling contractors in Miramar, FL, uses an environmental evaluation tool to assess the client’s relationship to environmental functions and the need for environmental modifications.
The tool evaluates:
• the client’s abilities and disabilities based on aids to daily living;
• objective and subjective data obtained from the client, the client’s family, and members of the care management team;
• statistically hazardous areas based on physical or mental impairments;
• care management needs as they relate to delivering services and products to the individual;
• necessary assistive devices and medical equipment;
• use of diagnosis-related adaptation tools for improved architectural access.
Accessible Housing provides a free referral service to help case managers locate medical remodeling contractors who have received distance or on-site training in home modifications and environmental access. For details about the referral service, call (888) 431-7267.
Case managers also may want to request information about accessible code compliance and other environmental access issues from the Fair Housing Information Clearing House in McLean, VA. Most publications are free or available at a minimal cost. Contact the Fair Housing Informa tion Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 9146, McLean, VA 22101 or call (800) 343-3442.
Another potential source of qualified medical remodeling contractors is the Medicaid waiver program in your state. "Many state Medicaid programs now fund environmental access remodeling," says Kathleen Moreo, RNCm, BSN, BPSHA, CCM, CDMS, CEAC, owner of PRIME, a case management education and consulting company in Miramar, FL, and president of the Case Management Society of America in Little Rock, AR.
"Simply call the Medicaid waiver program and ask them who is doing the work for them in your area. Even if your client doesn’t qualify for Medicaid, you can use the program’s medical remodeling provider and have some assurance that you are selecting a qualified contractor."
In addition, you may contact the CEAC (certificate in environmental access contracting) administrative office at (954) 436-6300 to locate a CEAC contractor in your area or for more information about the certificate program.