REGISTER NOW: Promoting Home Safety through Universal & Accessible Design: Aging in Place

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)
Bloomington, MN | Crowne Plaza Bloomington Msp Airport / MOA
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

Audience: PT/PTA, OT/COTA, SLPs

Course Approval #:6484
Category 1 CE Hours Awarded from the MN Board of PT: 7

Speaker: Alissa Boroff, BA, COTA/L, CAPS, MN-AS

Alissa holds degrees in interior design and in occupational therapy. This combination of experience and education provides her with the skills and insight to create functional and pleasing environments to meet the needs of clients and promote safe and independent living for people of all ages and abilities.

Prior to founding Access Solutions, Alissa worked for residential and commercial design firms specializing in senior housing and accessible design. She also has worked in skilled nursing facilities providing therapy to seniors. These experiences have given her first hand knowledge
and access to the barriers that seniors and the aging encounter on a daily basis. She also is involved in many local and state organizations focused on seniors and aging in place, teaching and speaking about aging in place and universal design to students, professionals, and community members. Alissa is the current chair of the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) and a
former chair of the local 50+ Housing Council at the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). She also has served as an adjunct faculty member at St. Catherine University and is certified as an NAHB (National Association of Home Builders)
instructor for the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) program.

Course Description: This seminar will focus on defining and discussing features and benefits of universal and accessible design, above and beyond basic code and accessibility requirements, in new construction and remodeling. We will discuss and review the role of occupational and physical therapy professionals in promoting aging in place.  This presentation will then look at the features and elements of the environment that can promote safety, function and improve quality of life for everyone.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn general demographics of older adults, the physical effects of aging as they relate to and are affected by the built environment.
  • Identify design considerations for special needs and understand how we use sensory information to function in our environments.
  • Learn a pro-active approach versus a re-active approach to creating supportive environments to promote aging in place.
  • Define and understand the differences between the terms universal design, accessible design, ADA
  • Accessibility Guidelines, VISIT-Ability
  • Gain an understanding of what modifying homes for accessibility and safety involves and why it is becoming increasingly more important and prevalent.
  • Learn why the process of home modification is most cost effective when a professional provides a thorough assessment of the client and home before the project begins.
  • Identify ways in which OT’s and PT’s can promote the need for and participate in providing assessment services to facilitate safety and accessibility in home environments.
  • Become familiar with available client and home assessment tools, products and equipment.
  • Learn what additional training and education is available for OT and other professions to promote aging in place and universal design.
  • Learn how and where to access funding from various sources for our client’s home modification projects.
  • Learn examples of common barriers and some solutions and options for implementing universal or accessible design modifications in new construction or remodeling.


8-8:30am       Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:30am          Intro and Housekeeping
8:35am          Demographics of Older Adults
Physical effects of Aging and the built environment
10:00am        BREAK
10:15am        Defining common terms:
· Aging in Place
· Universal design
· Accessible design
· ADA Accessibility guidelines
· VISIT-Ability
· Adaptable design
· Home modifications
11:00am          Occupational and physical therapists and the home modification process
11:30am          Home Assessments/Evaluations
12:00pm          LUNCH (ON OWN)
1:00pm            Common Products and Equipment
2:00pm            VIDEO
3:00pm            BREAK
3:15pm            Common barriers and solutions
4:15pm            Funding Resources for home modifications
4:30pm            CASE STUDY
4:50-5:00pm    Q&A / Conclusion

Reminder: When you register, please make sure to enter your personal email address!You do not need to bring a ticket to the course with you.