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Fall Prevention: The Role of Home Assessments and Modifications

presented by Carolyn Sithong

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Falls are the leading cause of unintentional home injury deaths and prevalent among older adults. Many falls are preventable. One significant way to reduce falls is to assess the home for hazards and modify the environment for safety. In this course therapists will learn the latest research on fall prevention and the role they play in reducing falls by performing quality home assessments and suggesting appropriate modifications for the client based on findings. Through case study and product solution presentation the therapist will understand important information that can be applied in the practice setting.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Carolyn Sithong, MS, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS

    Carolyn has fifteen years of experience as a clinical, educational and community-based occupational therapist with award winning practices. She is specially certified in the area of environmental modifications (SCEM) by the American Occupational Therapy Association and is nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Homebuilders. Carolyn has been awarded “CAPS Designee of the Year” for her role in advocacy and leadership. She has spear headed aging in place initiatives and home modification programming for local, state and national organizations that support healthy environments for the aging community. She has served the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Orlando Senior Resource Alliance, AARP, National Rebuilding Together, Home Depot and the American Occupational Therapy Association, with her expertise in the home modification area. Carolyn is the Founder & Chief Health Officer of Home for Life Design®, where she helps healthcare and aging in place service providers meet the needs of homeowners through technology and evidence-based practices, specifically in the area of home assessment.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Falls Overview and the Role of Occupational Therapy

    1. Falls Overview and the Role of Occupational Therapy

    This chapter identifies important research articles, featuring the latest trends in fall prevention. Carolyn Sithong provides the foundation for the rest of the course, which will discuss best practices in fall prevention presented in the evidence.

  2. The Person and the Home

    2. The Person and the Home

    This chapter will help to understand the older adult and present the functional limitations that naturally occur with aging. After discussing the aging process, Carolyn Sithong presents examples of how living in current housing environments presents hazards to the older adult, making their home unsafe.

  3. Assessing the Home for Safety

    3. Assessing the Home for Safety

    The home assessment process is vital to helping identify hazards, measuring effectiveness and guiding intervention. This chapter compares and contrasts home assessments and the outcomes they produce, and discusses models of practice that help facilitate effective home modification practices.

  4. Designing a Safe Home for Life

    4. Designing a Safe Home for Life

    The final chapter in this course provides solutions for the homeowner that help to increase safety and accessibility for the long term. Before and after pictures will showcase effective modification strategies.