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Release Date: June 1, 2017
There are many differences between the traditional acute care hospital setting and the home environment for the delivery of healthcare services, particularly the environment and ensuring patient safety. Safety, accessibility, and caregiver issues are critical considerations. Research suggests that as many as one-third to one-half of all home accidents can be prevented through home modification and repair.
The home safety assessment is one of the first steps to be performed in the patient’s home prior to beginning any therapeutics. This course is designed for speech-language pathologists who are called upon to assess home safety as well as identifying safety deficiencies. Detailed room-by-room checklists are included as well as suggested inexpensive improvements.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory-Level, Related Area)
- Describe the purpose of a home safety assessment.
- Identify documentation strategies for a home evaluation.
- List the factors to evaluate during a home evaluation.
- List common methods of modifying a home for client safety.
- Describe the role of the speech-language pathologist in home safety assessments and follow up.
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.
Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified speech-language pathologist. Amy obtained her MA in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and worked in a hospital in Harrisburg, PA, providing services to children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She then went to work for ASHA before getting a second MA in communication (with a focus on health communication) from George Mason University. She now teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Mason and a local community college and works on continuing education programs for speech-language pathologists.
Financial – The authors received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work.
Nonfinancial – No nonfinancial relationships disclosed by any authors.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course to earn ASHA CEUs and/or receive a certificate of completion.
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