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Kitchen Modifications: Assessment, Design, and Remodeling

presented by Carolyn Sithong, MS, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS

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Video Runtime: 63 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 30 Minutes

One of the busiest rooms in the home is the kitchen. Many important occupations occur there frequently throughout the day. Kitchen design trends have become standard in terms of appliances, layout and features to support tasks but what happens when this room challenges the person with physical limitations? This course will highlight important areas of the kitchen and present ways to evaluate the person-environment fit and describe modification solutions that support occupational performance for the user.

Meet Your Instructor

Carolyn Sithong, MS, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS

Carolyn has fifteen years of experience as a clinical, educational and community-based occupational therapist with award winning practices. She is specially certified in the area of environmental modifications (SCEM) by the American Occupational Therapy Association and is nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Homebuilders. Carolyn has been…

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1. Life in the Kitchen

In this chapter there will be an in-depth look at the kitchen spaces and the tasks that occur there. Using the Person-Environment-Occupation approach to the assessment process, the evaluator can determine the environmental barriers to function and prioritize the needs based on findings.

2. Designing a Kitchen for Life

In this chapter therapists will learn about various new appliances and designs that can be used in the kitchen to promote accessibility. This informative section will enable therapists to apply this product knowledge gained in their own home assessment practice.

3. A Recipe for Success: The OT and the Designer

In this chapter the therapist will learn the importance of collaboration with the best professionals to ensure all needs of the homeowner/client are met. Having education on what to look for among remodelers, designers and builders will encourage the practitioner’s confidence and success.

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