About Us

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We Provide Services for Successfully Living in Place

You love your home and community and want to stay there and live life to the fullest.   You also want your home to be "visitable" by all your family members and friends.  Our home assessment will provide you with solutions and trending design ideas, products and SMART technology to make that happen!  

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Diane Vitillo, MS, OTR, PTA, CAPS, CLIPP

Diane has worked in the rehabilitation profession for over 25 years as a Physical Therapist Assistant and an Occupational Therapist.  As a medical professional, she is uniquely qualified to assess your task performance throughout your home allowing her to collaborate with your interior designers and contractors so they can successfully design the perfect living space for you, your family and friends.  Diane has worked with clients of all ages and with varying degrees of ability.  

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Expertise in the Home Modification Arena

Diane is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders and a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) through the Living in Place Institute.     She has received the Executive Certificate in Home Modifications through the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center and has been an invited speaker on Home Modifications and SMART HOME Technology by The New Jersey Foundation for Aging,  the North West NJ Gathering of Activity Professionals and several Senior Centers throughout New Jersey.  

What We Do

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LISTEN ATTENTIVELY

Our Occupational Therapist who is a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) will discuss with you how modifications to your home can make it more comfortable and accessible for a lifetime of living.

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RECOMMEND DESIGN SOLUTIONS TO MEET YOUR CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS

Our medical professionals are  trained to assess every task you perform during each day...like cooking, cleaning, and performing personal hygiene tasks... just to name a few.   Having trouble reaching your kitchen cabinets, stepping into the bath or climbing up the stairs...we can help.  Our goal is to identify the personal needs of all family members and discuss design and product solutions that will maximize everyone's comfort and safety in your home.  

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COLLABORATE WITH OTHER BUILDING PROFESSIONALS TO ENSURE QUALITY OUTCOMES

You've made the decision to remodel that kitchen or bath and maybe install  a stair glide so you or a family member can get upstairs to the bedroom.  We'll be with you when you meet with your contractor and designer to discuss those plans.  Our goal is to work with your building professionals to ensure that their product and design strategies are the right fit  for your needs as well as the needs of your family and friends.

TESTIMONIALS

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A Word From Our Customers

"Diane assessed my parents’ home because my dad is battling Parkinson’s Disease, and moving him downstairs to the first floor will make it much safer and easier for him.  Diane did a phenomenal job in evaluating the home and making recommendations as to what changes to make, both inside and outside of the home.


My parents want to “grow old together” in the only home they’ve ever owned.  With Diane’s help, it made the decision to make the renovations much easier.  I highly recommend Diane Vitillo for assessing anyone’s home as an Occupational Therapist who is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist”


C.A., Medford, NJ


 

“I knew my husband would have difficulty accepting the fact that modifications needed to be made in our home to make it safer for him due to his impaired mobility.  But, Diane listened attentively to his concerns, addressed all of his questions, and remained calm, composed and empathetic during the entire interview process.  This made it easier for my husband to accept how modifications in the home could add to his safety and quality of life.”


A. W., Princeton, NJ


 

”I had no idea this type of consultative service existed.  Having a rehabilitation professional evaluate my home and watch how my husband performs mobility tasks throughout the home has helped us make decisions on what changes we should make.”


N. A., West Windsor, NJ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I find other CAPS and CLIPP Contractors, Architects, Designers?

To locate other CAPS Professionals, go to the National Association of Home Builders site (www.NAHB.com.).  To locate a CLIPP Professional, go to the Living in Place Institute site (www.LIPI.Institute).

Will Home Heart Beats suggest names of contractors I can use?

Home Heart Beats, LLC will provide the client with a list of local contractors, however, it will be the client’s responsibility to interview and select a licensed contractor.  Our Home Heart Beats, LLC  consultant will be available to meet with the client and contractor during the interview process and throughout the renovations. 

Is the home accessibility consultation covered by Medicare or other insurance plans?

Please contact your insurance company to determine if our consultative service is covered by your plan.   Grants for installation of certain adaptive aids may be available in your town.

"The Original AFO Assist"

Home Heart Beats is the Inventor of "The Original AFO Assist" which is an innovative ankle foot orthosis (AFO) and shoe donning aid used by stroke survivors and other physically challenged clients to regain dressing independence.

Our Memberships and Certifications

National Association of Home Builders

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Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)

National Kitchen+Bath Association

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Member

Living in Place Institute

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Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP)

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

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Executive Certificate in Home Modifications from the University of Southern California

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Product Links from our speaking engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

11/13/19

Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Somerset County Senior Wellness Center

Event Details

11/13/19

Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services

The Advisory Council  on Disability Issues

(By invitation only)

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Somerset County Senior Wellness Center

10/29/19

Workshop on SMART Home Technology and Help with Home Repairs - SOMA Two Towns for All Ages

Noon - 2:00 pm

South Orange Performing Arts Center

Event Details

10/29/19

Workshop on SMART Home Technology and Help with Home Repairs - SOMA Two Towns for All Ages

Many residents need additional help in the home as they age. Sometimes it could be installing safety measures like grab bars or ramps. Sometimes they need home modifications or new technology to maximize their safety in the home.  Many residents may need assistance with performing  household maintenance that becomes more difficult over time. 


On Tuesday, October 29, SOMA Two Towns for All Ages is hosting a double header on Options for Home Modifications and SMART Home Technology and Getting Help  in Your Home.  Please join our speakers from   Home Heart Beats, LLC  and Umbrella to learn  tips and techniques to safely live and age in place.

Noon - 2:00 pm

South Orange Performing Arts Center

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Home Heart Beats, LLC

9 Talcott Court, Kendall Park, NJ 08824

(732) 305-7689