ESSAY QUIZ QUESTIONS 1
Part A: GeriatricOT Evaluation
1. Why would yoube completing an occupational therapy evaluation with Mrs. Fuller?
I would completean occupational therapy evaluation with Mrs. Fuller since functionalperformance would enable her to participate in important activities.In fact, engagement in meaningful endeavors would contribute to hergeneral health and wellbeing (Wilkins, Letts, & Richardson,2009). Notably, Mrs. Fuller enjoys outdoor sports such as skiing andgolf (Wilkins, Letts, & Richardson, 2009). Therefore, completingan occupational evaluation with her could develop strategies toaddress the changes in her capabilities and promote optimal function.
2. How would youselect the specific occupational therapy assessments for Mrs. Fuller,with a focus on functional performance?
I would selectthe specific occupational therapy assessments for Mrs. Fuller byconsidering her functional abilities, values, interests, andpreferences (Wilkins et al., 2009). In this regard, the clientengages in productive roles such as volunteering at a local hospitaland delivering meals-on-wheels once a week (Wilkins et al., 2009).Therefore, I would also select specific occupational therapyassessments based on IADL, leisure, productivity, and communitymobility.
3. Whatparticular issues would you consider to be important in yourevaluation of Mrs. Fuller?
In my evaluationof Mrs. Fuller, it is critical to consider the changes in her lowerextremity function. Notably, she was diagnosed with osteoporosisduring her annual medical examination (Wilkins et al., 2009). Hence,Mrs. Fuller needed to make changes in her physical activities toavoid fractures (Wilkins et al., 2009). Functional evaluations of herlower extremity function can help to show how long she can sitwithout experiencing fatigue.
4. How would youensure that you are client-centered in your approach to Mrs. Fuller?
I would ensurethat I am client-centered by engaging Mrs. Fuller in discussionsconcerning her functional abilities. In particular, I may provideoptions and possible outcomes for the client to consider (Wilkins etal., 2009). Such an approach would foster competence anddecision-making. Furthermore, I would listen to and respect Mrs.Fuller’s opinions and preferences (Wilkins et al., 2009).Consequently, she may highlight the activities that she would wish topursue.
Part B: LowVision Evaluation
6. In two orthree sentences, what do you think are the three most importantprinciples of low vision assessment for occupational therapists, andwhy?
The three mostimportant principles of low vision assessment for occupationaltherapists include establishing a rapport with the client, settingrealistic goals, and functional education (Warren & Barstow,2011). Such factors are highly significant since they contribute tothe fulfillment of therapy goals.
7. In two orthree sentences, how would you ensure that these principles areprioritized and practiced by occupational therapists who work witholder adults?
I would ensurethat these principles are practiced by requiring occupationaltherapists to develop a trusting relationship with the patient.Practitioners must also be mandated to provide clients with anoverview of how their eye condition could affect their functionalabilities (Warren & Barstow, 2011). Moreover, patients shouldunderstand the rehabilitation process to allow them to set realisticgoals.
Part C: DrivingAssessment Tools
8. As a whole,what are the strengths and limitations of the current tools availablefor driving assessment, and what are the ramifications of these forOT practice with older adults?
Current toolsavailable for assessment are beneficial since they enhance drivingoutcomes for the clients (Dickerson, 2013). In addition, they adhereto the licensing agency guidelines established in each state.Nevertheless, some tools have limited capability for predicting aperson’s fitness to drive (Dickerson, 2013). Consequently,occupational therapists can incorporate muscle tone, muscle strength,and range of motion when dealing with older adults.
9. What is yourview regarding driver screening versus driving assessment?
Drivingassessment is more important than driver screening since the latterconsiders an individual’s functional abilities. Moreover, aperson’s fitness to drive has greater implications than theirqualifications. While screening is usually conducted once, assessmentcan be performed on several occasions.
10. What is yourview regarding the use of driving simulation for driving assessment?
Indeed, drivingsimulation can provide plenty of insight that could be used inassessment. Nonetheless, OT practitioners must be trained on how touse the equipment owing to its technical nature (Dickerson, 2013). Infact, older adults have an increased likelihood of contractingsimulator sickness.
11. In a fewsentences: Per Dickerson (2013), if you had an older adult OT clientwho was determined to be in need of driving assessment, how would youuse the results of driver screening to refer this client, or to makeOT recommendations, if appropriate?
I would use theresults of driver screening to recommend ways in which an older adultclient could maintain their physical fitness (Dickerson, 2013).Subsequently, I would develop appropriate measures of rehabilitationbased on the individual’s occupational abilities. Therefore, theolder adult population can satisfy their desire for independence.
Part D: ElderAbuse
12. In two orthree sentences, what do you consider to be the most important aspectof elder abuse intervention for occupational therapists who work witholder adults? What is your rationale for this?
The mostimportant aspect of elder abuse intervention concerns the cooperationbetween protective services and law enforcement. In many instances,police officers are usually the first responders during crisissituations. On the other hand, adult protective services can receiveand investigate reports of elder abuse (Anetzberger, 2009). Thereforecooperation between the two agencies can protect older adults fromexploitation.
13. In two orthree sentences, what do you consider to be the most important aspectof elder abuse prevention for occupational therapists who work witholder adults? What is your rationale for this?
The mostimportant aspect of elder abuse prevention for occupationaltherapists concerns the elimination of risk factors. In this respect,an OT practitioner must consider environmental characteristics,social support, health-related problems, and the relationship betweenthe perpetrator and the victim (Anetzberger, 2009). Examining pastexposure to neglect and violence can also contribute to theprevention of elder abuse.
Anetzberger, G. J. (2009). In Functional performance in olderadults. (3rd ed., pp. 909-927). Philadelphia, Pa.:F.A. Davis Co.
Dickerson, A. E. (2013). Driving assessment tools used by driverrehabilitation specialists: Survey of use and implications forpractice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(5),564-573.
Warren, M., & Barstow, E. A. (2011). Occupational therapyinterventions for adults with low vision. Bethesda, Md.: AOTAPress.
Wilkins, S., Letts, l., & Richardson, J. (2009). In Functionalperformance in older adults. (3rd ed., pp. 429-444).Philadelphia, Pa.: F.A. Davis Co.