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Stopping Falls: Occupational Therapy's Role in Fall Prevention

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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Part three of this six part falls prevention series will demonstrate how occupational therapy practitioners may develop an evidence-based falls prevention and fear of falling program for community-dwelling older adults utilizing the Clinical Practice Guidelines, STEADI, and the Occupational Therapy Practice framework, 3rd edition. This six part falls prevention series is designed for occupational therapy practitioners to gain a better understanding of the prevalence and ramifications of falls and fear of falling. Practitioners learn 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 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. Guidelines for Screening and Evaluation

    1. Guidelines for Screening and Evaluation

    In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Painter-Patton demonstrates how to incorporate the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition with the Clinical Practice Guidelines and the STEADI.

  2. Fall Risks

    2. Fall Risks

    In Chapter 2, participants will review specific screening tools and evaluations that occupational therapists can utilize with community-dwelling older adults in order to assess risk of falling and fear of falling.

  3. Functional Assessments

    3. Functional Assessments

    Dr. Painter-Patton demonstrates the use of the STEADI when assessing an older community-dwelling person. Participants will review specific screenings and assessments that occupational therapists can use to identify fall risk and fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults.