Adapting Environments in the Home
In Australia, a key role of a community-based occupational therapist is adapting relevant physical environments. This may include modifying individual homes, schools, transport facilities and other local amenities and buildings which people with disabling conditions need to access during their daily routines. This breadth of perspective also requires an awareness of not just the physical but also the social and cultural environment and the occupational concept of "place". When integrating theory and practice to adapt environments the Occupational Therapist requires an advanced level of technical skills and appropriate professional reasoning incorporating consideration of the needs of the person and significant others.
- Semester 1 - 2016
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Assess and analyse the impact of the environment (home/community/social/political/cultural) on a person's occupational task performance.
2. Select domestic and community activities appropriate to the needs and abilities of the client.
3. Evaluate a client's home or community environment, determining necessary modifications for improved occupational performance.
4. Accurately measure specific relevant dimensions of the home of relevant Persons/clients
5. Draw clear sketches & technical drawings of modifications and positions for rails in bathrooms and toilets.
6. Critically appraise the modification for improving the quality of life of the person/family and relevant others.
7. Clearly describe practice reasoning for all proposed recommendations.
This course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to competently adapt the environment of a Person/client to safely meet their functional needs.
Students will learn the technical skills required and the importance of practice reasoning in providing recommendations for their clients.
Although there is a focus on how to modify the ‘physical’ environment, as the social, cultural, and political environments of any person affect any proposed modification they are also discussed in this course.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT2151.
In Term Test: Exam Online, In-class
Written Assignment: Installing a Grab Rail using evidence
Written Assignment: Modification Recommendation
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks
Computer laboratory will run in week 3 only On-line lectures to compliment the course materials.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks
Lectures will occur in weeks 1 to 5
Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks
Self Directed Learning will involve Experiential Case Based Learning [CBL] in self-directed study time 6 hours/week for 4 weeks On-line discussion groups in Blackboard.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 2
Tutorials will occur in weeks 2 & 4 only.