presented by Debra Latour
Financial – This instructor receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Debra is also: Owner, Single-Handed Solutions, LLC – Inventor of record of patented prosthetic technology and method of use – Business relationship with TRS, Boulder, CO – Business relationship with Handspring, Middletown, NY – Business relationship with Shriners Hospitals for Children Non-financial – Co-Chair, Upper Limb Advisory Council, Amputee Coalition (AC) – Member, Board of Directors, Association of Children’s Prosthetic Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) – Member, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Upper Limb Society (AAOP)
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Debra Latour, M.Ed., OTR/L
Debra Latour has been an innovator from her earliest years. Debi wore her first prosthesis at the age of 14 months and then spent the years that followed working with the clinical team at Shriners Hospitals to improve upon their prosthetic designs. When it came time to decide upon her next step, Debi decided that…Read full bio
Folding laundry requires the ability manipulate items both small and large, which is easily accomplished when utilizing the strategies Debi Latour demonstrates in this chapter. Techniques for safely ironing linens and clothing, as well as how to hang them, are reviewed.
2. Making the Bed
Making the bed with two hands can be challenging, so it’s understandable that individuals with the loss of function in one hand may feel daunted by the task. Watch as Debi Latour expertly makes a bed with the use of her prosthesis, residual limb, and then with just one hand.
Keeping a clean house is important to many people. Individuals who have lost the use of one hand often desire the ability to complete these tasks independently, but may not know how to use housecleaning supplies with a prosthesis, residual limb, or just one hand. Watch as Debi Latour demonstrates many housekeeping tasks.
4. Yard Maintenance
Yard maintenance often involves the use of heavy tools and equipment, which might be intimidating to those with the use of only one hand. Debi Latour discusses many strategies and techniques for employing the use of these items in the yard and garden so clients can maintain the activities they enjoy.
5. Home Repairs
The use of a hammer and screwdriver is common when completing common home repairs. Debi Latour shows how to safely use these tools around the home independently.