Research Article  |   May 2018
Feasibility of Integrating Occupational Therapy Into a Care Coordination Program for Aging in Place
Author Affiliations
  • Kelly L. Dickson, CScD, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; pet3@pitt.edu
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Special Section: Research Articles
Research Article   |   May 2018
Feasibility of Integrating Occupational Therapy Into a Care Coordination Program for Aging in Place
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2018, Vol. 72, 7204195020p1-7204195020p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.031419
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2018, Vol. 72, 7204195020p1-7204195020p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.031419
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. We examined the feasibility and benefit of integrating occupational therapy into a long-term services and supports (LTSS) care coordination program for aging in place.

METHOD. Clients referred to occupational therapy during a 16-wk trial were evaluated with the In-Home Occupational Performance Evaluation and received education on strategies for aging in place. Clients who indicated readiness for change were assisted in setting personalized goals with goal attainment scaling and received four additional occupational therapy visits.

RESULTS. Of the program’s feasibility benchmarks, 87% were met. Twenty-three clients were referred, and 16 clients were evaluated; 37.5% of those evaluated indicated readiness for change, establishing 18 goals with 100% goal attainment.

CONCLUSION. Integration of occupational therapy into an LTSS care coordination program was feasible. Benefits of adding occupational therapy included a performance-based evaluation that revealed personal factors as barriers to aging in place and gave access to a client-centered service to maximize independence.