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What will you learn?Home modifications allow patients to remain in the home they love even after a recent medical compromise. This two-hour seminar will educate the participant in avariety 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 patients’ 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 stair-lifts, grab-bars, stair-rails, vertical platform lifts, elevating toilets seats, ceiling lifts systems, etc. Evidence based practice in the form of real life examples of outcomes generated by the implementation of modifications will be presented in before and after pictorial format. Resources for project funding will be identified. This course is intended to expose therapists to the knowledge required to make recommendations for home modifications.
Course Objectives:Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:1. Identify at least five home modification and/or DME options a therapist may recommend for patients with home safety and accessibility needs.2. Comprehend and apply knowledge to differentiate between various environmental modifications and DME, to promote safe and accessible environments based on the obstacles within the home and the individual’s functional abilities.3. Identify at least seven products patients may utilize to reduce level of dependence and caregiver burden when residing in a home environment with physical challenges.4. Understand the decision-making process when recommending optimal home modifications for specific disabilities.5. Identify the steps involved in implementing the home modification process.Targeted Audience• Physical Therapists• Physical Therapist Assistants• Occupational Therapists• Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants• Social Workers• Case ManagersCEU Approvals:*PT/PTA: This course has been approved for 2continuing education credits with the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. NJBPTE Course Approval Number: Course # 1911-168
OT/OTA: Attendees will receive a certificate which can be used towards their NBCOT credit hours also.
Cost: $99 for the 2 credit hour live CEU course with recordings
Hosted by Karen and Gregg Frank from Back Home Safely and Green Light Mobility
CEUS: What states have approved this course?
Karen Frank is a NJ licensed physical therapist and certified dementia care specialist. Greggis a NJ licensed occupational therapist, a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and is a licensedHome Improvement Contractor. Gregg has held the position of manager of the HomeModification Special Interest Section for the American Occupational Therapy Association.Karen and Gregg spent the earlier part of their career working in traditional therapy settings.In 2007, Karen and Gregg founded Back Home Safely, a home modification organization withthe mission of creating safe and accessible homes in NJ. Along with their team of staffcarpenters, they have dedicated the last 14 years of practice to assisting individuals inremaining in their own homes despite medical compromise, through home modification intervention. 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. Karen and Gregg recently created a franchise called GreenLight Mobility, modeled after their NJ based business, with the mission of teaching health professionals in other states how to own and operate a home modification business. In addition to educating health care professionals, they present to caregiver organizations as well as senior groups to educate attendees on safety concerns, accessibility and fall risks when aging in place. Karen and Gregg have been guest lecturers for the OT program at Quinnipiac University and Gregg guest lectures at Kean University and Raritan Valley Community College.
Contact information:Karen Frank PT, CDCS:Email: moc.ylefasemohkcab%40nerak or moc.ytilibomthgilneerg%40knarfkTelephone: 973-219-4147Gregg Frank OTR/L, CAPS:Email: moc.ylefasemohkcab%40ggergTelephone: 973-219-4147Web: backhomesafely.com; greenlightmobility.com