This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of OT helping seniors to age in place and will be hosted by Julie Entwistle (@entwistlepower).
Here is what she has to say…
According to a report by the Canadian Medical Association, 63% of Canadians selected home and community care for older adults as a top priority. Meaning that as baby boomers age and the over 65 population grows, home care is becoming an even larger industry that may put a strain on healthcare.
How can Occupational Therapists ease the strain on the healthcare system and how can we, as OT’s, capitalize on the senior market?
In a previous post on our blog, Occupational Therapy and Aging in Place, we discussed the top ways OT’s can assist older adults in their plan to Age well at Home which include:
- Space Modifications
- Fall Prevention
- Preparing for and Being open to relocation
- Planning ahead for assistance
- Planning ahead for emergencies
Questions to discuss:
- What other aspects to you believe should be included in this list?
- What do you do to proactively meet the needs of older adults who want to age in place?
- Falls prevention: beyond space modification, how are you educating to prevent falls in seniors?
- What fall prevention techniques do you use?
- How do you broach the difficult conversations with older clients including: relocation to a safer home, long term care, ceasing of driving, etc
- How do you deal with adult children who have differing opinions to those of their aging parents?
- What tips and strategies do you provide to caregivers to help them learn about their role and to avoid burnout?
- Are there any apps/technology that you use with your senior clients to help them manage at home?
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