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Stopping Falls: Environmental Considerations

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

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Financial: Jane Painter-Patton receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Jane Painter-Patton 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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Part five of this six part falls prevention series focuses on the occupational therapy practitioner's roles in relation to environmental considerations for community-dwelling older adults, including those who have Alzheimer's disease or other cognitive disorders. This six part series is designed for occupational therapy practitioners and multidisciplinary team members to gain a better understanding of the prevalence, ramifications, impact on occupation performance, and evidence-based programs related to falls and fear of falling. Practitioners will gain knowledge in how to incorporate current evidence-based recommendations related to screenings, evaluations, and interventions that may be utilized with community-dwelling older adults to reduce fall risk and fear of falling.

Meet Your Instructor

Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Jane Painter-Patton has 37 years of experience working with older adults and is a professor at East Carolina University’s Occupational Therapy Department. She serves on the NC Falls Prevention Coalition and is a Board member of the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications focus on geriatric community-based therapy, including…

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1. Screening and Evaluation

The first chapter in this course provides an overview of the American Geriatrics/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guidelines: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons and the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries program. Dr. Painter-Patton also discusses the importance of addressing the environment in relation to falls prevention.

2. Delirium and Alzheimer's Disease

Chapter 2 provides an overview for delirium, Alzheimer’s disease, 3-stage and Global Deterioration classifications, and the occupational therapy practitioner’s roles. After this chapter, participants will be able to compare and contrast delirium from Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Person Environment Fit Model

In this chapter, Dr. Painter-Patton describes how the Person-Environment Fit Model can be utilized to evaluate and provide recommendations to the caregiver’s of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive deficits.

4. Home Safety Modifications Part 1

Based on the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, Chapter 4 provides recommendations to occupational therapy practitioners on environmental evaluations. Dr. Painter-Patton also reviews considerations for environmental modifications for safety, maintenance, and improved functional performance and quality of life.

5. Home Safety Modifications Part 2

In Chapter 5, Dr. Jane Painter-Patton continues to provide recommendations to occupational therapy practitioners on environmental evaluations. She reviews considerations for environmental modifications for safety, maintenance, and improved functional performance and quality of life.

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