Home Modifications - The Outside Environment

Home Modifications - The Outside Environment 

This course is designed to describe the home safety hazards and challenges facing older adults and to offer solutions in the form of adaptive equipment and modifications for the outdoor environment. It will describe the common cognitive, physical, and visual impairments older adults face as they age and how these issues lead to injuries and loss of independence when traveling outdoors or performing community mobility. The course will highlight the factors to consider when helping the older adult navigate the outdoor environment safely. Finally, it will present brief case scenarios and offer solutions for selecting strategies, adaptations, and equipment for helping the older adult navigate outdoor terrain safely.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Category: Category 1 & 2.

This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-HMOE
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
• Describe the impact of falls in the home on individuals, families, the healthcare system, and the economy.
• Explain the implication of 4 age-related changes on safety during outdoor and community mobility.
• List 3 important considerations to take into account when deciding on modifications and strategies to increase safety for older adults traveling outdoors.
• Compare and contrast 4 modifications to the outside home environment including their impact on the safety of older adults.
• Compare and contrast 4 assistive devices older adults commonly use for outdoor and community mobility including their impact on the safety of older adults.
• Describe 3 safety strategies older adults can use when traveling outdoors.

Section 1: Home Modifications: Outside Environment A. Older Adults and Age-Related Changes B. Assessment and Measurement of Age-Related Changes C. Knowledge Check D. Impact of Age-Related Changes on Independence and Performance in Mobility Tasks E. Statistics on Falls Risk Among Older Adults F. The Cost of Older Adult Falls G. Common Fall Risks Older Adults Encounter While Navigating the Outside Environment H. How Can Home Modifications Help? I. Knowledge Check J. Home Modifications – Financial and Environmental Factors K. Home Modifications – Personal Factors L. Home Assessments and Screening Tools for Older Adults M. Knowledge Check N. Types of Outdoor Adaptive Devices Available O. Challenges of Mobility Device Use P. Modifications to Reduce Risk of Falls and Injury Directly Outside of the Home Q. Knowledge Check R. Strategies for Increasing Safety in Unfamiliar Environments S. Strategies for Maximizing Safety During Care Transfers T. Strategies for Maximizing Safety While Using Fixed-Route Transportation U. Knowledge Check V. Scenarios for Home Modifications W. Summary X. Resources Y. References

Instructor: Tameika McLean, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM

Tameika McLean is an occupational therapist working in the Washington, DC area. She has worked in the acute care, acute rehabilitation, subacute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient settings. She graduated from Columbia University with an MS in Occupational Therapy in 2014.

Disclosure: Tameika McLean, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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