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Home Modifications: Funding

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

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Funding plays a pivotal role in the decision-making process for home modifications. This course, with Marnie Renda, provides practical background information on potential funding sources to allow therapists to maximize the effectiveness and scope of their home modification solutions. The course begins by reviewing the criteria necessary for federal funding programs including Medicare, federal workman's compensation, and funding via the VA. State alternatives are also discussed, including state Medicaid programs, and vocational rehabilitation programs. Learners will develop the ability to think critically and explore creative funding mechanisms through disease or injury specific groups, as well as community organizations. The course concludes with a question and answer session with a practicing therapist.

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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 Funding Sources for Home Modifications and Assistive Technology

The first chapter explains the definitions of home modifications and assistive technology, and provides context about the questions therapists must ask to make the best recommendations within the context of funding.

2. Federal Funding Sources

This chapter details federal funding sources, including the VA, Medicare, and federal workman’s compensation. Marnie Renda explains the specific circumstances in which these resources can be utilized, and how to access them.

3. State Funding Sources

State funding sources are another important funding category therapists should be aware of when making recommendations. In this chapter, Marnie Renda provides details on state vocational rehabilitation programs, state assistive technology programs, and state Medicaid programs.

4. Disease/Injury, Non-Profit and Local Funding Sources

Apart from government programs, there are numerous organizations focused on advocacy and assistance for individual diseases and injuries. This chapter provides strategies for researching and utilizing organizations that are relevant to individual patients, as well as other relevant community services and service organizations.

5. Question and Answer

In the final chapter of this course, Marnie Renda facilitates a discussion with a practicing therapist to discuss real-world funding scenarios.

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