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Utilizing Universal Design in the Rehabilitation Plan

Excerpts from a power point case study demonstrating the impact of positive partnerships between the client, contractor and occupational therapist. The slides demonstrate how home modifications can be a significant part of a rehabilitation plan. The presentation in its entirety was presented to the Case Managers Society of America (Blue Grass Chapter) in October, 2012.

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Susan Bachner in the Press

Rehab Management Oct, 2015
"Easy Come, Easy Go, Easy Everything In- Between" Part II "Returning Home After A Spinal Cord Injury"

Rehab Management June/July 2015
"Easy Come, Easy Go, Easy Everything In- Between" Part I "Aging-in-place with Universal Design Strategies to Feel right at Home"

NY Times Business Section - 3/12/2015
quoted by Ann Carrns in her piece, "The Rub: Remodel Or Move?"

NAHB - CAPS CONNECTION article (November, 2013)
"Case Study: OT and Remodeler Partnership Leads to Client Satisfaction"

Building With Universal Appeal
Chevy Chaser Magazine, March 2003

Warning: Do Not Try This At Home without Proper Supervision
Chevy Chaser Magazine, March, 2003

Susan's chapter, Completing the Home Modification Process (2011) appears in "Occupational Therapy and Home Modifications: Promoting Safety & Supporting Participation" Eds. Chase & Christensen

Susan Bachner in Education

Workshops in which Susan Bachner is Faculty:


Home Builders of Lexington 2/3/2016 - ‘Aging-in-Place, Universal Design and Tips from My World’


Home Builders of Lexington 2/4/2015 - ‘Utilizing Universal Design to Feel Right at Home’

Susan Bachner receives recognition

11/15: Invited to serve on the Home Builders of Lexington Remodelers Council Executive Committee

11/15: Appointed liaison to serve on the Home Builders of Lexington’s ‘Home Builders Care’ Board of Directors

Susan receives Homes For Life award Susan Bachner receiving the annual NAHB "Homes for Life (major space) Award" 10/23/14 in Baltimore. Competition combined Universal Design and Aging-in-Place concepts.

(Photo courtesy of Augustin N. Cruz)


Susan BachnerOn October 20, 2011, Susan was chosen 'Occupational Therapist 2011 in the Dorland Health People's Award- 2011'. The Dorland Health People's Award is a national recognition honoring excellence and dedication among health care professionals.

Dorland Award