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Home Modifications: Entrances

presented by Marnie Renda, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Effective modification of entrance barriers is an important first step for persons with disabilities to be able to live in their communities and age in place. This course provides the foundation of knowledge necessary to evaluate and make effective recommendations for the modification of entrances. Marnie Renda presents and contextualizes ADA recommendations for entrance measurement and evaluation, and provides problem solving strategies for patients in a wide variety of situations. The course draws on numerous real world examples to build critical reasoning skills and spark student's creativity. The course also includes a question and answer session with a practicing therapist, to further explore problem solving in the field.

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Marnie Renda, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM

Marnie Renda, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM, is the founder of Destination Home LLC, which provides OT Home Assessments, product and home modification consultations, as well as, care coordination services for elders and persons with disabilities living at home. Marnie graduated from Lafayette College and Springfield College with a B.A. in Psychobiology and a Masters Degree in…

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1. Overview of Entrance Barriers

This chapter introduces the learner to the assessment and modification of entrance barriers, including ADA recommendations for modifying doorways, and introduces key steps for evaluating and measuring doorways.

2. Doorway Width and Threshold Solutions

The second chapter of this course provides detailed instructions for evaluating and gathering evidence for door width and threshold solutions. This chapter utilizes real world examples of modifying thresholds, widening doorways, and making other modifications to attain ADA standards.

3. Door Use

How can occupational therapists ensure that their patients are able to safely and effectively access entrances? This chapter describes the reasoning behind and steps for implementing solutions including adaptive devices for knobs, lever devices, and door openers.

4. Question and Answer

In the final chapter of this course, Marnie Renda sits down with a practicing therapist to discuss real world cases of problem solving and creating modifications to improve quality of life for patients.

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