OT/PT/COTA/PTA

CREATIVE APPROACHES FOR HOME MODIFICATIONS TO OPTIMIZE SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILITY

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Home modifications allow patients to remain in the home they love even after a recent medical compromise. The two-hour seminar will educate the participant in a variety of home modifications, specialty products, durable medical equipment, and customized construction projects to promote safe and accessible living environments for their patients. The course will review how a therapist can analyze a patient’s ability and facilitate change in their home to assure an optimal, functional outcome. Many products and home improvement projects will be identified that when implemented, will reduce falls, provide access, promote independence, and prevent caregiver injuries. House structure from the framing aspect and available fasteners that help the home support the adaptations will be reviewed. This course will include an in-depth discussion regarding key components and specifications of home modification interventions including stairlifts, grab bars, stair rails, vertical platform lifts, elevated toilet seats, ceiling lift systems, etc. Evidence-based practice in the form of real-life examples of outcomes generated by the implantation of modifications will be presented in before and after pictorial format. Resources for project funding will be identified. This course is intended to expose physical therapists to the knowledge required to make recommendations for home modifications.

COURSE APPROVALS

This course has been approved for 2 continuing education credits with the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Course # 1911-168. NBCOT advised Back Home Safely that with a certificate, credit can be used toward their requirements. In order to receive credit, it is required you complete both, the class survey and this quiz.

This course is intended to expose Occupational Therapists, COTA’s & Speech Therapists to the knowledge required to understand safety and accessibility in the home environment. It is valid for 2 continuing education credits.

SPEAKERS

Karen Frank, PT, CDCS & Gregg Frank, OTR/L, Home Improvement Contractor, Certified Aging in Place Specialist 

Karen and Gregg Frank have dedicated their practice for the past 14 years to creating safe and accessible environments for people with mobility and safety challenges. Their NJ-based company, Back Home Safely, evaluates homes for any accessibility or safety needs. Their staff of skilled carpenters can then complete any of the recommended projects. The Franks strive to make it possible for people to remain living in the homes they love with the goal of reducing falls, optimizing accessibility, and caregiver injuries. They use a patient-centered approach by focusing on the patient’s unique functional abilities, the patient’s goals, and the environment in which they live.