Some home adaptations need an assessment from either an Occupational Therapist (OT) or a Physical Therapist (PT).
The BC RAHA program is now accepting applications. BC RAHA is allocated on a first come, first served basis with priority given to complete applications. The program will close on March 31, 2023, or sooner if funds have been exhausted. Find answers to common questions about the BC-RAHA program.
What is a home assessment and why do I need one?
A home assessment by a health care professional can help identify:
- ways to make your home safer and more accessible
- special equipment currently in use (or if needed)
- the layout and design features of your home
An assessment identifies changes that allow you to continue living safely in your home.
Some recommendations may be simple like moving furniture to clear walking paths. You can improve mobility in your home without any extra cost. Reducing your fall risk is a good start by removing items that block your walking paths.
Other recommendations may need more effort.
You may have to buy equipment or hire a contractor to make home adaptations. This is where BC RAHA helps. The home assessment findings can assist with planning and guide decisions and discussions. This makes sure any adaptations made to your home will meet your needs.
Please note, if you pay for a private assessment, BC RAHA will provide you with a rebate of up to $250. Even if you do not qualify for the program or do not have any adaptations done.
Find an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist
Not all BC RAHA rebates need an assessment. Refer to the BC-RAHA Maximum Rebate Schedule for adaptations requiring assessments. If you already have an OT or a PT, ask if they can complete the assessment.
If you do not have an OT or PT, you can ask for recommendations or referrals from:
- Doctor or specialist
- Family or friends
- Home health case manager if getting Home Care Services from the Health Authority
- Hospital - waiting for discharge, ask to speak with the hospital social worker
- Online - search for an OT or PT
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: https://www.caot.ca/site/findot
- Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia: https://bcphysio.org/find-a-physio
- TIP: use the advanced search to find physical therapists that have mobile clinics
- Local health authority - home and community care unit
- Fraser Health: http://www.fraserhealth.ca or call 1-855-412-2121
- Interior Health: http://www.interiorhealth.ca or call 250-469-7070
- Northern Health: http://www.northernhealth.ca or call 1-866-565-2999
- Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca or call 1-866-884-0888
- Vancouver Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca or call 1-877-370-8699
- BC-RAHA Tips for Finding an Occupational or Physical Therapist (PDF)
Does the assessment need to be completed by an OT or PT?
Usually, but assessments completed by other health care professionals can be considered.
- Understand the specific permanent disability or ability loss
- Seen the homeowner or tenant in daily tasks at home
Does the assessment need to be in person?
We rely on health care professionals to follow best practices to prevent further transmission of Covid-19. This can include conducting a virtual assessment in place of an in-person visit.
Submit the completed written assessment with the BC RAHA application. The application includes a simple 2-page assessment form.
Does the written assessment need to be on the BC RAHA form?
BC Housing will consider written assessments that are not on the BC RAHA form. The assessment must include the following:
- Name of client requiring adaptations
- Address where adaptations are being requested
- Proof that the assessor observed the client(s) functioning in the home
- Does the client(s) use any mobility equipment in the home? If yes, describe
- Client(s) specific permanent disability or loss of ability and the impacts
- Has the condition lasted at least 12 months or is expected to last at least 12 months?
- List all the BC RAHA eligible adaptations that the assessor is recommending
- Was there a fee charged to complete assessment? Yes/No. If yes, provide $ amount
- Assessors Name and Professional Designation
- Assessors Registration number
- Assessors Phone number
- Assessors signature
Need an application or have questions?
We can send an application to you in the mail, call our office at 604-433-2218 or 1-800-257-7756.