Presented by Elizabeth W. Peterson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Roberta Newton, PhD, PT, FGSA
Earn .6 AOTA CEU (7.5 NBCOT PDUs/6 Contact hours)
Falls Module I: Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Overview, Evaluation, and Assessment is the first module in a three-part series of online continuing education courses on fall prevention. Subsequent modules will focus on fall reduction in acute care settings and intervention strategies to reduce falls among community-dwelling older adults. The content of each module will support occupational therapists in their efforts to provide evidence-based fall prevention services to older adults who are at risk for falling or who seek preventive services. Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults is divided into two sections, both providing opportunities for course participants to apply core course concepts.
Presented by Roberta Newton, PhD, PT, FGSA and Elizabeth W. Peterson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Earn .2 AOTA CEU (2.5 NBCOT PDUs/2 Contact hours)
Falls Module II: Falls Among Older Adults in the Hospital Setting is the second module in a 3-part series of online courses on fall prevention. It provides an overview of the problem of falls that occur in the hospital setting and focuses further on the identification of older adults at risk for falls, the factors that contribute to fall risks, and the assessment strategies that involve occupational therapy expertise. Fall risk factors are diverse and the process of identifying those factors are normally an interdisciplinary effort. Falls Module II describes the role of occupational therapy in both individualized and system-wide, hospital-based fall prevention programs. The course prepares participants to draw from their understanding of the occupational therapy domain and assessment process to articulate to other health care providers and clients their unique contributions to assess and provide strategies to help reduce fall risks.
Note: The Falls Module II course addresses specific areas and topics but briefly overlaps with the other two courses in the series as well because fall prevention principles and strategies can apply across settings.
Presented by Elizabeth W. Peterson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Elena Wong Espiritu, MA, OTR/L
Earn .45 AOTA CEU (5.63 NBCOT PDUs/4.5 Contact hours
Falls Module III: Preventing Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Practitioners is the third module in a 3-part series of online courses on fall prevention. It is designed to familiarize you with evidence-based intervention strategies to reduce falls among community-dwelling older adults and features two case studies with video clips to promote application of the information presented.
Prerequisite Recommendation: It is strongly recommended that course participants complete the first module, Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Overview, Evaluation, and Assessments. Module I covers in detail topics that include fall risk factors and evidence-based evaluation strategies.
In Falls Module III, community-dwelling older adults include both older adults who are well and those who are living with chronic diseases. Evidence supporting fall prevention intervention for people with specific chronic diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis is limited. However, the self-management principles presented in this course have a strong evidence base that will support their use by people who are living with chronic diseases, and the course content describes how occupational therapists and their clients can apply self-management principles to fall prevention intervention.