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Course Overview

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. 

About the Course Author

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. Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (9 Match)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association

    1.00HOURS

    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 1.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.0 contact hours, approval number 20-737052.
  • Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

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

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

    1.00HOURS

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

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    South Carolina Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Louisiana State Board Medical Examiners- Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-PAC-0-HAOA
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-10-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-09-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe three modifications and assistive devices for sensory, cognitive, and physical impairments.\r; Examine the basic concepts regarding home modification, assistive devices, and universal design.\r; Identify three areas to assess during a home accessibility/ modifications assessment.; Identify two resources for home modifications and funding.\r
  • 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
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Home Health, Rehabilitation Settings.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    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:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.