About Susan Bachner Consulting, LLC
Susan Bachner graduated with a B.S. in Occupational
Therapy from Tufts University – Boston School of Occupational Therapy
(OTR) in 1965. She received her MA degree in Sociology from the Graduate
Faculty, New School for Social Research, in NYC in 1970. For more than
40 years, Susan has worked with people of all ages and abilities in both
clinical and consultative venues. In 1987, the American Occupational Therapy
Association (AOTA) recognized Susan for “clinical excellence” and honored
her with membership on the Roster of Fellows (FAOTA).
On the construction side, Susan is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and its affiliate Home Builders Association of Lexington KY (Remodeler’s Council). She holds the qualification of Certified Environmental Access Consultant (CEAC) and in 2004, received the National Association of Home Builder’s designation, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Susan was among the first to achieve the AOTA Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM).
Susan is well-qualified to suggest environmental adaptations and products
that maximize accessibility, safety, comfort, social participation and
independence. All recommendations are intended to improve people's
functional capability as they engage in activities of daily living in
their respective home environments. Equipment and products are recommended
for the purpose of improving personal safety, accessibility, comfort
and ease. Focus for Susan’s home adaptations consultations include
caregivers and all family members. It is Susan’s belief that the
caregiver’s safety, energy and stamina must be preserved, just
as the needs and wants of all the other residents are critical to goal
Susan is able to work with people who are interested in
both remodeling and new construction. She is a member of the Remodeler’s
Council of the Home Builders Association of Lexington. As needed, Susan will partner
with building professionals for projects that involve structural changes.
Susan utilizes the concepts inherent in Universal Design, Adaptable, Accessible, Lifespan Designs as well as Visitability. Susan seeks the most cost-effective means of implementing
environmental modifications. All recommended products are listed with prices
and order information from multiple sources so that the consumer can make
good decisions. Further, the resale value of the modifications is considered
and where possible, implemented as home improvements that are useable to all
people whether medically challenged or not.