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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.
- Section 1—problem of falls among community-dwelling older adults and fall risk factors.
- Section 2—three broad categories of evidence-based fall prevention interventions targeting community-dwelling older adults, and fall prevention recommendations of the American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society.
- Section 3—intervention informed by the AOTA 2008 Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, intervention approaches consistent with occupation-based theory, and intervention focused on self-management principles.
- Section 4—list of recommended Web-based resources relevant to fall prevention and self-management.
- Section 5—conclusion of the course.
The Fall Prevention Series
- Falls Module I: Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Overview, Evaluation, and Assessment
- Falls Module II: Falls Among Older Adults in the Hospital Setting: Overview, Assessment, and Strategies to Reduce Fall Risk
- Falls Module III: Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Reducing Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Each module supports occupational therapy practitioners in their efforts to provide evidence-based fall prevention services to older adults who are at risk for falling or seeking preventative services. The courses in this series do not address other potential recipients of fall prevention services (e.g., caretakers, organizations, communities).
After completing this course and taking the exam, participants will be able to
- Recognize the important role occupational therapists play in identifying disparities between perceived versus physiological fall risk among older adults.
- Differentiate among three broad categories of fall prevention interventions (i.e., single, multiple, and multifactorial) for community-dwelling older adults.
- Identify existing evidence-based programs to reduce falls or fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults.
- Recognize that the Framework supports occupational therapists’ involvement in a diverse array of interventions designed to reduce falls and fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults.
- Apply core self-management principles to fall prevention.
- Recognize the importance of personal reactions toward client-driven versus therapist-driven fall prevention interventions.
- Identify central concepts associated with the Model of Human Occupation and the Person–Environment
- Occupation Model that can be applied to build falls self-efficacy and reduce falls among community-dwelling older adults.
- Recognize that many Web-based resources are available to support occupational therapists’ knowledge of and involvement in national, state, and local fall prevention initiatives.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
Continuing Education Credit
A certificate of completion for .45 AOTA CEUs (5.63 NBCOT PDUs/4.5 contact hours) will be awarded on the successful completion of this course.
AOTA Classification Codes for Continuing Education Activities
Category 1: Domain of Occupational Therapy, Context and Environment
Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process, Intervention