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Name: Carolyn Sithong

Position: Occupational Therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Company: Home for Life, Consulting and Design

Personal Bio (1 paragraph for introduction): Carolyn has a Master\'s degree in occupational therapy and provides environmental modification solutions through her company, Home for Life, Consulting and Design. She is nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders and is founder of the Central Florida Aging in Place Chapter, a grass roots organization created to increase Aging in Place awareness and promote a multi-disciplinary approach to healthy senior home and community living.


Topic Title: Occupational Therapy and Aging in Place: Ensuring Quality of Life in the Home

Topic Description (1-2 sentences): Occupational therapists play a key role in making sure an environment where someone lives is one that supports an ability to engage in life practices as opposed to one that inhibits. This presentation will invite you to see an environment through the eyes of an occupational therapist and describe how acess to all areas of the home leads to participation in activities of daily living and provides the opportunity to enjoy the world around them.

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Occupational Therapy Aip 2 25 10

  1. 1. Occupational Therapy and Aging in Place: Ensuring Quality of Life in the Home Carolyn Sithong, MS, OTR/L, CAPS
  2. 2. Celebrate Occupational Therapy! <ul><li>“ Skills for the Job of Living” </li></ul><ul><li>“ OT’s Make Everyday Independence Day!” </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is “Aging-in-Place”? <ul><li>Remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age, income or ability level. </li></ul><ul><li>Making a house “home” for a lifetime through Universal Design techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Use of low-maintenance, affordable materials. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Aging in Place <ul><li>Creates the satisfaction of staying in control of your environment of choice as you age </li></ul><ul><li>Living life to the fullest involves the support of the physical home and a barrier-free environment </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Involvement in life and the ability to engage in one’s desired activities affect health and wellness </li></ul><ul><li>work </li></ul><ul><li>self-care </li></ul><ul><li>leisure environments </li></ul>Occupational Therapy Philosophy
  6. 6. Working Together <ul><li>AARP- “Fixed to Stay” </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Home Builders </li></ul><ul><li>The American Occupational Therapy Association </li></ul><ul><li>To </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Healthy Barrier Free Homes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Role of Occupational Therapists In Environmental Modifications <ul><li>Assess your home environment for livability </li></ul><ul><li>Identify strategies to create an environment based on a individual’s medical needs and personal priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Create an environment that supports and capability and promotes independence and function </li></ul>
  8. 8. PEO Model: Person-Environment-Occupation BATHING DRESSING GARDENING VOLUNTEERING P erson Physical, social, spiritual E nvironment Physical, social, cultural O ccupation Activities identified as important
  9. 9. OT Designs: Always With YOU in Mind! <ul><li>Client centered </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure safety </li></ul><ul><li>Barrier free </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Promote independence </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire performance </li></ul><ul><li>Allow client to maintain personal roles </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation for community participation </li></ul>
  10. 10. OT + Home Design = You 2 HOME
  11. 11. You’re Such a Square! Decreased Vision Fatigue Decreased ROM/Strength Hearing Loss
  12. 12. Squared Function Barriers & Safety Hazards
  13. 13. Living Life to the Fullest <ul><li>Raised garden to help with energy conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust TV settings & install proper acoustic features </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting to enhance reading in living room </li></ul><ul><li>Cabinets installed to fit your reaching heights </li></ul>
  14. 14. Collaborative Efforts <ul><li>Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications by The American Occupational Therapy Association </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) National Association of Home Builders </li></ul><ul><li>National Aging in Place Council www.ageinplace.org </li></ul><ul><li>Society for the Advancement of Gerontogical Environments (SAGE) </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneer Network </li></ul>
  15. 15. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) www.aota.org Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications
  16. 16. The National Association of Home Builders www.nahb.org Certified Aging in Place Specialist
  17. 17. The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) www.ageinplace.org Visit the “Central Florida” Chapter
  18. 18. Society for Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE) www.sagefoundation.org
  19. 19. The Pioneer Network www.pioneernetwork.net
  20. 20. www.homeforlifedesign.com

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