Stopping Falls: Environmental Considerations

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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Part five of this six-part falls prevention series focuses on the occupational therapy practitioner’s role 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 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

    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 fall prevention, fear of falling, and home safety. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi and Interactive Metronome instructor, and is a Master Trainer for both A Matter of Balance and AOTA’s Fieldwork Educator Certificate program. Dr. Painter-Patton works with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a geriatrician, physical therapist, and geriatric pharmacist in the Fall Risk Assessment Clinic for Older Adults at the Brody School of Medicine's Family Medicine, Geriatric Clinic. She has recently become a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based program.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Screening and Evaluation

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.