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One Handed Strategies for Home Management Tasks

presented by Dr. Debra Latour, PP-OTD, MEd, OTR/L

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Financial – This instructor receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Debra is also: Owner, Single-Handed Solutions, LLC – Inventor of record of patented prosthetic technology and method of use – Business relationship with TRS, Boulder, CO – Business relationship with Handspring, Middletown, NY – Business relationship with Shriners Hospitals for Children Non-financial – Co-Chair, Upper Limb Advisory Council, Amputee Coalition (AC) – Member, Board of Directors, Association of Children’s Prosthetic Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) – Member, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Upper Limb Society (AAOP)

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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Occupational therapists advise and counsel clients on strategies to increase functional independence and improve quality of life. Many occupational therapists struggle with knowing how to demonstrate adaptive strategies to clients who have suffered the loss or loss of function of one hand to complete functional activities. This four-part series is directed toward completion of bi-manual tasks using such adaptive strategies with one hand, the residual limb, and a prosthesis, and may include the use of assistive devices. This focuses on completing home management tasks, such as laundry, housekeeping, yard maintenance, and basic home repairs. Keeping a home and creating spaces that are comfortable and safe is an important component of life that many clients are eager to do independently. Join Debi Latour as she personally demonstrates how to complete each of these home management tasks.

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Dr. Debra Latour, PP-OTD, MEd, OTR/L

Debra Latour has been an innovator from her earliest years. Debi wore her first prosthesis at the age of 14 months and then spent the years that followed working with the clinical team at Shriners Hospitals to improve upon their prosthetic designs. When it came time to decide upon her next step, Debi decided that…

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1. Laundry

Folding laundry requires the ability manipulate items both small and large, which is easily accomplished when utilizing the strategies Debi Latour demonstrates in this chapter. Techniques for safely ironing linens and clothing, as well as how to hang them, are reviewed.

2. Making the Bed

Making the bed with two hands can be challenging, so it’s understandable that individuals with the loss of function in one hand may feel daunted by the task. Watch as Debi Latour expertly makes a bed with the use of her prosthesis, residual limb, and then with just one hand.

3. Housekeeping

Keeping a clean house is important to many people. Individuals who have lost the use of one hand often desire the ability to complete these tasks independently, but may not know how to use housecleaning supplies with a prosthesis, residual limb, or just one hand. Watch as Debi Latour demonstrates many housekeeping tasks.

4. Yard Maintenance

Yard maintenance often involves the use of heavy tools and equipment, which might be intimidating to those with the use of only one hand. Debi Latour discusses many strategies and techniques for employing the use of these items in the yard and garden so clients can maintain the activities they enjoy.

5. Home Repairs

The use of a hammer and screwdriver is common when completing common home repairs. Debi Latour shows how to safely use these tools around the home independently.

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