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APTA MT Webinar Series: Rural Aging-In-Place: The PT Role in MT for Home Evals/Home Mods for Older Adults, by Mindy Renfro, PT, DPT, PhD

  • 05-Jun-2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • LIve Stream and recorded



1 hour CE, Category A

Course Description:

This 1-hour, intermediate level course for PTs and PTAs will highlight the need for the PT to complete effective patient and home evaluations with recommendations for home modifications, assistive devices, and assistive technology.

Basic terminology will be reviewed and compared such as livable communities, dementia friendly communities, universal design, accessible homes, and communities, and how to keep up with new answers to tough questions. The importance of grant funding, home safety training of volunteers, firefighters, caregivers, senior center staff, and rural healthcare providers will be discussed. Readily available home evaluation pamphlets will be reviewed such as AARPs HomeFit Guide which is free to seniors and providers. Discussions around interprofessional work, appropriate referrals, and grant funding will be included in case discussions.

Establishing critical relationships in your area with fall prevention coalitions, OTs and OTAs, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, AAAs, senior centers, contractors with experience in home modifications, faith-based groups, and firefighters/EMTs who respond to “frequent fall calls” to support your community’s ability to age-in-place. We will review the various certifications available for those interested in pursuing more training as well as evidence-based programs and current research needs.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this session, the attendees will be able to

1. Identify the focus of an environmental scan/home evaluation needed to assure safety and fall prevention for the patient, family members, and/or caregivers; including but not limited to safe entrance/egress, functional independence for self-care, gait/mobility, and required activities.

2. Select the best form of completing the home evaluation based upon patient/family needs, distance, quality, and cost. This could include face to face/onsite evaluation – interprofessional or PT only, virtual assessment, and/or self/family-evaluation using a well-selected, evidence-based tool to share with the therapist.

3. Assist the patient/family with selection and financing possibilities of providers to complete construction and/or supply assistive devices and/or technology.


About the Speaker:

Dr. Renfro is a retired geriatric physical therapist and professor who taught in the School of Physical Therapy at Touro University Nevada in research and geriatrics until 2022. She is now an affiliate faculty at the University of Montana’s School of Public and Community Health. She was selected by the CDC as a fall prevention expert in 2009 and by the University of Southern California as a home modifications workgroup member in 2019. Dr. Renfro works closely with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), American Physical Therapy Association, Geriatric Workforce Centers, and many other nonprofit organizations. She has studied and published in fall risk measures and validation of evidence-based fall prevention (EBFP) programs for sub-populations. She is a long-time advocate and educator of fall prevention and home modification for interprofessional clinicians and aging service providers, as well as older adults and their caregivers to ensure safe and successful aging-in-place. She has been invited to serve on many local, state and national committees including the NCOA’s Evidence-Based Community Falls Prevention Program Review Council and USC’s Workgroup on Home Modifications. She is both a master trainer and leader for several evidence-based programs for older adults and enjoys engaging students in the programs and training. Dr. Renfro served as an Associate Editor for the APTA’s Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy until recently.

How to obtain your CE Certificate:

  • Your Certificate of Completion will be provided after attending the course 

How to Connect:
Your Zoom connection information will be included in your confirmation email after registration is complete.

About APTA MT Webinar Series:
We are bringing you a one hour CE, to your home, once a quarter. If you are interested in presenting in this webinar series, please submit a proposal with your course description, objectives, and brief bio to jeannekorn60@gmail.com or to this office at MontanaPT@aptamt.com

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