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Geriatric Therapists Making an Impact In the Home: Home Modifications, Falls Prevention, Behavior Reduction in Dementia
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The geriatric population is projected to increase significantly in the coming years. Learn the important role that PTs and OTs can play in promoting safety, independence, and well-being for older adults by providing therapy services in the home - the most effective way to help geriatric clients maintain independence, prevent falls, and reduce behaviors associated with dementia.  Explore the benefits of providing therapy services in the home, and hot topics: home modifications, fall prevention, and behavior reduction in dementia. Examine evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and the STEADI program and how they can be implemented in the home environment to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. 

Kara Welke, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CAPS, SHSS

Kara Welke, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CAPS, SHSS, has had a wide variety of experiences and has worked with pediatrics through geriatrics in various settings. She even ventured away from traditional occupational therapy for a few years and had the privilege of starting an Early Head Start program from the ground up and was the director of the EHS program. Kara taught in an OTA program as well as served as the academic fieldwork coordinator for approximately 8 years. In order to provide client-centered, occupation-based, and evidence-based practice, Kara started her own Mobile Hybrid Practice to help older adults age in place in 2018. This business has grown significantly over the years, and she now has over 15 employees and contractors providing a wide array of services. Her business not only has its own client population, but they also provide services to other agencies and businesses. Due to the lack of resources for helping therapy professionals start their own business, Kara created the Next Level Occupational Therapy Facebook group. It was through this group that it became apparent that all therapy professionals needed assistance in starting their own business and that is when the Therapy Business Builder program was started. Kara has helped hundreds of therapists get to the next level in their career through her programs.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kara Welke is the owner of Home Therapy Solutions, LLC and Next Level Occupational Therapy. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Kara Welke has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kara Welke has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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