Today’s Universal Design Tidbit: Public Transportation

1. Living close to public transportation with easy access from your home increases independence.

Many individuals live in areas that aren’t serviceable by public transportation. However, where transportation is present, the provision of sidewalks and safe pathways are important for travelers to be able to access transit stops without a vehicle. Well maintained sidewalks (no cracks, gaps, or bumps) with a cut out in the curb keeps individuals off the roads when navigating their way to transportation.

I recently wrote another blog post about public transportation and livable communities after having a convo with my mom… my mom gets it!

2. Public transportation waiting areas should not have steps to access and should be protected from the weather.

Covered Bus StopWaiting areas and seating areas should be covered and accessible without the need to climb up or down steps. A covered area to wait is ideal in the rain or snow.

What does this have to do with OT?

Everything! Occupational therapists are all about helping people get back to normal in their daily tasks after an accident or injury. This is more than just bathing and dressing. If people can’t access the community, even due to lack of transportation, then that’s going to make life more difficult to visit family, friends, and take care of errands. When transportation options are available, therapists can help people problem solve ways to increase their independence outside the home.

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April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month!

I’m blogging about important universal design tips for the home and community to increase the awareness and importance OT has in environmental modifications.

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Sarah Pruett

Sarah is a registered/licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) and a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS), with a background in physical rehabilitation.