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Introduction to Activities of Daily Living: Contemporary Topics

presented by Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Financial: Carrie Ciro receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Carrie Ciro has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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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Independent performance or self-direction in everyday life tasks such as, activities of daily living (ADL), is critical to living in the community. However, research shows that health care professionals can improve their approach and give more attention to what is meaningful to clients and families. In this course, we explore contemporary issues that influence ADL such as, the personal meaning of ADL, cultural influences and the benefits of autonomy on general mental and physical health. This course is created for health care providers in both medical and community-based settings.

Meet Your Instructor

Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Carrie Ciro is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health, and hospital care. Additionally, she has 18 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level…

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1. Personal Meaning of Self-Care

Performance in activities of daily living is a powerful motivator for therapeutic intervention when health care professionals facilitate meaningful selection and provide an appropriate challenge. In this chapter, the instructor will highlight evidence of the value of ADL for all people, as well as the consequences of not addressing ADL thoroughly when needed.

2. Task-Specific Assessment of ADL

Providing an intervention for a client with ADL limitations is much easier when you use a structured assessment to examine the strengths and limitations. In this chapter, you will learn how to structure your assessment using the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) through self-report screening and detailed observation-based assessments to provide a roadmap for intervention.

3. Cultural Influences on ADL Choice and Performance Patterns

Health care providers are inundated with the need to be culturally competent but do you know where you stand in your progress towards the culturally sensitive provision of care? In this chapter, you will consider the dynamic influence of culture on ADL, examine your own implicit biases, and strategies for overcoming them for greater personal and client satisfaction.

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