Transitioning to Home Care

Transitioning to Home Care 

Occupational therapy practitioners collaborate closely with other health care team professionals, such as case managers, nurses, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and physicians, to create an interdisciplinary plan of care and a coordinated and appropriate discharge plan. They have a good understanding of the match between patient needs, abilities, and the environments in which they need to function, which assists with the successful transition to the home, community, or next level of care. Despite the short length of hospitalization in the acute care setting, occupational therapy practitioners play an integral role in starting a successful rehabilitation process. They also recommend home safety modifications and durable medical equipment as part of an effective discharge plan to support functional performance. In fact, occupational therapists are crucial in preventing hospital readmissions. This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the responsibilities and best practices of occupational therapists in the inpatient settings as they assist clients with the transition to home.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias Learning 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 1 & 2. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-628091.

Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-628091.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-THC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the role of the OT on the interdisciplinary team for discharge planning.
Explain 3 possible home safety issues clients may encounter when they return home and describe a modification for increasing home safety.
Describe 2 assessments for evaluating clients’ level of proficiency with medication management.
Explain 5 energy conservation strategies clients can use once they return home.
Describe 2 similarities and 2 differences between occupational therapy in the acute care setting and occupational therapy in the post-acute/home health setting.
Illustrate 4 ways that OTs can help ensure a successful transition from a healthcare setting to the home.
Describe 3 common types of precautions and name 1 dressing strategy associated with each one.

Section 1: The Occupational Therapist in the Acute Care Discharge Process



Knowledge Check

Section 2: Acute vs. Post-Acute OT Practice

Chart Reviews

Social History

Knowledge Check

Section 3: PEO Model

Personal Factors

Environmental Factors

Occupational Factors

Knowledge Check

Section 4: Activities of Living

Independence and Methods

Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, and Toileting


Knowledge Check

Section 5: Instrumental Activities of Living Performance

Performance and Independence

Cooking, Cleaning, Shopping, Laundry, Driving, Caring for Others

Social and Leisure Activities

Medication Management

Electronic Device Use

Home Setup


Adaptive Equipment

Knowledge Check

Section 6: Discharge Planning

Home Setup



Best Practices

Orthopedic Precautions

Home Exercise Programs


Energy Conservation Strategies

Key Points

Knowledge Check

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: entry 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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