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Advancing Your Skills to Promote Aging in Place

presented by Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, FGSA

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Financial: Pamela Toto receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives compensation from the University of Pittsburgh; the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Nonfinancial: Pamela Toto has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 37 Minutes

Aging in place is a preferred goal and outcome for older adults, health systems, and insurances. Due to changing trends in longevity, demographics, cost, and workforce availability, traditional approaches to aging in place cannot meet current and future needs. Through interventions that target the person-environment-occupation fit, occupational therapy offers a distinct approach that maximizes independence and safety for successful aging in place. Occupational therapy practitioners in all settings can increase their distinct value and role in promoting aging in place by understanding the common personal and environmental factors that pose as facilitators and barriers to aging in place. This course will help practitioners understand how to apply existing foundational knowledge of the person-environment-occupation fit to an evolving model of successful aging.

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Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, FGSA

Pamela Toto is an occupational therapist and is an assistant professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the Clinical Science Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified in gerontology and is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). In 2016, she received the AOTA…

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1. Aging in Place: The Person

This chapter introduces an expanded definition of aging in place, provides a rationale for the shift to this preferred model of aging in society, and describes the distinct value occupational therapy offers to support aging in place. Focus is centered on client and personal factors that put persons at highest risk and the role of OT in assessing for/intervening at the person level for aging in place.

2. Aging in Place: Occupations

This chapter reviews key occupations, including those commonly assessed and those commonly missed, that affect the ability of older adults to age in place. Occupational therapy intervention approaches for aging in place are analyzed from the perspective of efficiency and effectiveness, and best practice recommendations are shared regarding the role of OT in assessment and intervention of occupational performance by practice setting.

3. Aging in Place: Environment

This chapter describes and analyzes the distinct value of occupational therapy in the assessment of environmental factors for aging in place. Considerations include goals of environmental assessment, consumer vs. skilled assessment of environment, importance of documentation, and best practice strategies for skilled intervention to promote aging in place.

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