Home Accessibility for Older Adults

Home Accessibility for Older Adults 

As the length of inpatient stays continues to decrease over time to reduce overall healthcare costs, clients are often being discharged to home before reaching an independent functional level. A successful return home often requires home modifications and assistive devices to enhance safety and functional independence as well as prevent readmissions. While home health occupational therapists play a key role in assessing home safety and recommending home modifications and assistive devices specific to the patient’s sensory, cognitive, and physical deficits. If there are any concerns about a client’s ability to safely return home, discussion and assessment for home modification and assistive devices should begin during the inpatient setting, prior to discharge.
Many older adults have strong emotional ties to their homes. A forced move (due to illness, disability, or any factors that warrant them being unsafe to live at home alone) can be devastating and cause a further decline in emotional and physical health. Today’s older adult population wants to remain in their own home as long as possible, but few homes are actually accessible and safe (Michon, 2016). It is important to have basic knowledge on various home modifications, assistive devices, universal design, and resources to advise and work as a team with patients, caregivers, families, and other professionals. In this course, you will learn practical knowledge on home safety assessments, home modifications, and assistive devices to make knowledgeable recommendations and enhance the safety and quality of life for older adults in their home environments. 


$40.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-PAC-0-HAOA

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (9 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association

1.0 HOURS


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: Category 1, 2.


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-737052.

Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


Alabama State Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290).


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

1.0 HOURS


Arizona Board Of Occupational Therapy Examiners (CEBroker Provider #50-290).


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


South Carolina Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Louisiana State Board Medical Examiners- Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)


Occupational Therapists will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-HAOA
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Examine the basic concepts regarding home modification, assistive devices, and universal design.
Identify three areas to assess during a home accessibility/ modifications assessment.
Describe three modifications and assistive devices for sensory, cognitive, and physical impairments.
Identify two resources for home modifications and funding.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Basic Concepts

Occupational Therapy Role

Home Modifications and Assistive Devices

Universal Design

Review

Summary

Section 3: Assessment

Assessment Process

Home Assessment Checklist

Review

Summary

Section 4: Home Modifications

Potential Contraindications

Sensory Impairment

Vision Loss

Modifications for Vision Loss

Hearing Loss

Modifications for Hearing Loss

Tactile Sensory Loss

Modifications for Tactile Sensory Loss

Cognitive Impairment

Modifications for Memory/Orientation Impairment

Modifications for Safety

Physical Impairments

Exterior Modifications

Interior Modifications

Assistive Devices

Review

Summary

Section 5: Resources

Occupational Therapy Resources

Collaboration

Funding Sources

Potential Opportunities

Review

Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributor

Resources

References

Instructor: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L 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: Introductory level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Home Health, Rehabilitation Settings.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Accommodations
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