Interprofessional Collaboration: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Senior Living Design
AIA -approved for one (1) Health, Safety, & Welfare learning unit (LU/HSW)
Occupational therapists have expertise in understanding human performance and the influence of health conditions on function. The profession's ecological theories inform our practice approach to ensuring a good fit between the person and their environment to maximize independent function and well-being. With expertise and specialized knowledge, and a universal design approach to creating living environments, occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to consult with architects, planners, developers, and community agencies, along with local, state, and federal policymakers on planning and layout for built and natural environments. This session will discuss an interprofessional collaborative model for the design of senior living environments.
• Explore the occupational therapist's role in health promotion and space planning design.
• Understand the integral relationship between a person and his or her environment and and how it can be optimized through interprofessional design practices.
• Apply evidence-based design for the creation of spaces that foster health and well-being.
• Identify strategies to create a successful, multiprofessional collaboration for community design projects.
Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, FAOTA, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University
Lori Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy at Northern Arizona University
Carolyn Sithong, MS, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, Chief Health Officer and Founder, Home for Life Design
Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, Owner, EmpowerAbility LLC