Creating Accessible Home Modifications Facilitating Safety, Function and Options

Rob Horkheimer, MPT, CEAC, CAPS, ECHM

Creating Accessible Home Modifications Facilitating Safety, Function and Options

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This course is part of Summit's Home Health Certification Series.

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Course Highlights

  • Learn about numerous funding resources for individuals in need of home modifications
  • Develop a system for performing effective home accessibility assessments
  • Discover new products and ideas for innovative accessibility solutions in the home
  • Integrate new technology for effective assessments, reports, and accessibility interventions
  • Receive a written guide with information on accessible resources and environmental modifications

Additional Info

Over the past 5 years there has been an enormous expansion of products and resources for patient accessibility, assessment tools, and home modification options. With the expansion of accessibility products there are a greaternumber of individuals remaining in their homes, as they "agein place" or desire to remain at home with a disability. Thegrowing fields of home modifications and "safe patient handling" are increasingly a more pertinent discipline and resource that distinguish physical and occupational therapists from other healthcare professionals. A therapist's knowledgebase of the medical perspective, functional perspective, and of ADLs and mobility requirements uniquely qualify them as the experts for effective and intelligent accessible modifications for the home and community.

This workshop will provide essential knowledge and tools for accessibility evaluations and solutions. Participants will receive practical strategies for home modification essentials including assessment, task analysis, product knowledge,funding resources, and special considerations for design andselection of ramps, lifts, and grab bars. These approaches will be presented, and practiced so that you may help individualsof varied functional levels (from high functioning to dependent). Healthcare professionals and accessibility consultants will return to work with cost effective, aesthetic, and tested solutions for environmental modifications.

  1. Integrate the environment as an integral component affecting the medical model.
  2. Differentiate between ADA commercial code and individualized custom accessible design.
  3. Identify three essential components for a successful andcomprehensive home evaluation.
  4. Identify differential considerations between ramp and lifts both inside and outside of the home.
  5. Discuss essential ramp design requirements.
  6. Give examples of five new unique products for accessiblemodifications and safety.
  7. Summarize three forms of assistive lifting technology and applications for transfer assistance as well as home exercise assistance.
  8. Identify three essential considerations for grab bar selection and safety.
  1. Environmental Modifications
    1. ADA vs. individualized designs
    2. Commercial vs. residential accessibility
    3. Options for accessibility both inside and around the home
    4. Importance of therapist perspective for effective modifications
  2. Individual Accessible Design - A Prescription for Healthy Living
    1. Environmental adaptations as a component of the medical model
    2. Benefits of staying at home
    3. Cost analysis of making your home livable vs. living in a facility
    4. Injury prevention
    5. Caregiver friendly designs
  3. Accessible Evaluations
    1. Essential components and evaluation resources and tools
  4. Considerations for Accessible Designs
    1. Visual cues
    2. Elimination of barriers
    3. Modular designs
    4. Principles of universal design
  5. Fall Prevention in the Home
    1. Identifying home hazards & fall risks
      1. Biological, behavioral, and environmental risk factors
    2. Environmental interventions for home safety and fall prevention
    3. Addressing patient behavior - safety with mobility and ADLs
    4. Technology for safety in the home
    5. Case Studies
  6. Accessible Entry to the Home
    1. Ramping options for the home
      1. Material and design considerations
    2. Other options for access to the home
  7. Managing Stairs Within the Home
    1. Safe stair management for the ambulatory patient
    2. Lift options for the home
    3. Special safety considerations
  8. Bathroom Modifications
    1. Design considerations and implementation
    2. Barrier free showers and unique grab bar solutions and considerations
    3. Walk in tubs and other options for accessiblebathing
  9. Transfer Assistance Options
    1. Floor lifts and transfer devices
    2. Ceiling lifts
    3. Other solutions for transfer safety
  10. Kitchen Modifications
    1. Solutions for accessible kitchen designs
    2. Accessible technology and shelving for the kitchen
    3. Selecting the right appliances
  11. Other Home Adaptations
    1. Door widening and rails
    2. Environmental control units and home automation
    3. Accessible design considerations and solutions for the home
    4. Case Studies
  12. Funding Resources for Home Modifications
    1. Government grants and assistance
    2. Charitable grants
    3. Loan assistance

Rob Horkheimer, MPT, CEAC, CAPS, ECHM, CLIPP is an experienced physical therapist and the owner of Bridgeway Independent Living Design, which utilizes a collaborative approach to home modifications. Mr. Horkheimer works closely with patients, families, designers, project managers, tradesmen, lift installers and other therapists for individualized accessible modifications, along with ADA design and construction. He has an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, is certified as an Aging in Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders and has an Environmental Access Consultant Certification. Mr. Horkheimer has presented home modification workshops and rehabilitation lectures at Marquette University, Mount Mary College and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He has earned multiple awards and recognition for his clinical and accessibility expertise and is regarded as an expert in accessible home modifications. Mr. Horkheimer has worked for Froedtert Hospital for the past twelve years in the neurological sciences department. He earned his BS in Psychology and his Master's in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

DISCLOSURES

Financial: Rob Horkheimer is compensated by Summit as an instructor. He is the owner of Bridgeway Independent Living Designs, LLC.

Nonfinancial: Rob Horkheimer has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

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