Physical Environmental Barriers to Address for Occupational Therapy

Here are some examples of physical environmental barriers to consider addressing that may meet ADA guidelines. Some modifications are easier than others and some are more cost-effective than others. Address the greatest barriers to function first before addressing ones that are less important.

  • Ramp installation
  • Repositioning phones
  • Repositioning shelves
  • Rearranging chairs, tables, and furniture
  • Rearranging household items to a more appropriate height
  • Making curb cuts in sidewalks and entrances
  • Adjusting light switches and button heights
  • Replacing broken light-bulbs
  • Removing trip hazards
  • Widening doors
  • Installing grab bars
  • Raising a toilet seat
  • Repositioning toilet paper and paper towel dispensers
  • Installing a full-length bathroom mirror
  • Removing throw rugs
  • Removing high-pile carpeting
  • Allowing wheelchair access for various occupations