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Kitchen Modifications: Assessment, Design, and Remodeling

presented by Carolyn Sithong

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One of the busiest rooms in the home is the kitchen. Many important occupations occur there frequently throughout the day. Kitchen design trends have become standard in terms of appliances, layout and features to support tasks but what happens when this room challenges the person with physical limitations? This course will highlight important areas of the kitchen and present ways to evaluate the person-environment fit and describe modification solutions that support occupational performance for the user.

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. Life in the Kitchen

    1. Life in the Kitchen

    In this chapter there will be an in-depth look at the kitchen spaces and the tasks that occur there. Using the Person-Environment-Occupation approach to the assessment process, the evaluator can determine the environmental barriers to function and prioritize the needs based on findings.

  2. Designing a Kitchen for Life

    2. Designing a Kitchen for Life

    In this chapter therapists will learn about various new appliances and designs that can be used in the kitchen to promote accessibility. This informative section will enable therapists to apply this product knowledge gained in their own home assessment practice.

  3. A Recipe for Success: The OT and the Designer

    3. A Recipe for Success: The OT and the Designer

    In this chapter the therapist will learn the importance of collaboration with the best professionals to ensure all needs of the homeowner/client are met. Having education on what to look for among remodelers, designers and builders will encourage the practitioner’s confidence and success.