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The home safety assessment is an important tool for verifying the safety of the client and the home environment, as well as for identifying and correcting deficiencies. This basic-level course is designed for healthcare professionals including occupational therapists who may be called upon to assess home safety. The home safety assessment is one of the first steps the clinician will perform in the client’s home prior to beginning any therapeutics. The home environment is much different from the institutional healthcare setting. Health and safety regulations are not as stringent in home care. However, home care companies follow basic safety standards to ensure that the home is a safe environment for delivery of medical services. Home health care, performed properly, achieves the goal of providing safe, high-quality, and cost-effective care for a client in his or her own familiar environment. This type of care is focused on the whole person, not just the disease process, and a team effort among many disciplines is essential in the client’s recovery process. The multidisciplinary team may include the physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, pharmacist, dietitian, social worker, and the home care company. The elderly population in the United States is growing quickly, and the increased mean age parallels the growing need for health care services. Home care is an option for some clients depending on their medical condition. Home care is more cost effective than medical care given in the hospital and is sometimes a desirable first choice for the client and family. This course discusses the purpose and components of a thorough home safety assessment, including evaluation, documentation, and corrective action.
AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention
- Describe the purpose of a home safety assessment
- Identify documentation strategies for the home evaluation
- List the factors to evaluate during a home evaluation
- List common methods of modifying a home for client safety
Helen Schaar Corning, RRT, RCP, has been a respiratory therapist for more than 10 years and is the original author of this course.
Sandra Cegielski, BS, RRT, RCP, is the director of clinical education at Victor Valley College. She also serves as the veterans’ health education coordinator at Loma Linda VA Medical Center. Sandra received her BS in business management at the University of Redlands and her AS in respiratory therapy at Victor Valley College.
Jessica J. Bolduc, DrOT, MSOTR/L, received her Master’s degree from the University of New England in 2005 and doctorate in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience spans the continuum of care including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health. Dr. Bolduc has served as adjunct professor at the University of New England and University of Southern Maine in Maine for physical dysfunction. She served as Vice President of the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association for two years and as President for three years. She is currently active with the Maine Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Bolduc was selected to join the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Development Program of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and subsequently appointed to AOTA’s Emerging Leaders Development Committee and Volunteer Leadership Development Committee. She has received two service commendations from the AOTA, as well as the Young Alumni Award from University of New England, the Alpha Eta Richard E. Davis Service Award from Nova Southeastern University and was inducted in the Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Eta Society for scholarly accomplishments at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Bolduc is licensed in occupational therapy in four states and is a certified clinical fieldwork educator. Jessica has publication in OT Practice, The Internet Journal of Allied Health and Sciences and Practice, and has written text book chapters in Gerontology for the HealthCare Practitioner, Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, and has presented at national and state OT conferences. In addition to her ongoing work as a staff occupational therapist, Dr. Bolduc serves as the occupational therapy planner for Western Schools of Massachusetts, an AOTA-approved provider of continuing education.
- Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
- There are no prerequisites for this course