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Elder Care in Occupational Therapy has been extensively revised into a new and completely updated second edition. This pragmatic text presents information in a user-friendly format that flows from one subject to the next with ease. From wellness to hospice, Elder Care in Occupational Therapy, Second Edition offers a broad yet detailed discussion of occupational therapy practice that is devoted to older adults. A wide variety of topics are covered in a concise format, such as historical perspectives, theoretical insights, the aging process, and current interventional strategies, to name a few. Additional features: Contains information about the most advanced scientific achievements that can ultimately affect occupational therapy. New and updated listing of resource materials. Case studies are presented that provide theoretical considerations and treatment methods. Exciting and new venues for occupational therapy programming are clearly discussed. Detailed information on descriptions of clinical and community settings. Fundamentals of documentation and current reimbursement issues are explained. Perfect for the student or clinician, Elder Care in Occupational Therapy, Second Edition provides classic, professional information on theory, disease entities and treatment in a comprehensive format.
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Editorial Reviews

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 "Updated content is supported by evidence-based research in relation to theoretical models, frames of references, disease and/or impairment, assessments, and intervention strategies. . . The author’s writing style makes it easy reading for the novice to the experienced practitioner. . . This book would be an asset to any occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, and/or student, clinic, or community gerontic occupational therapy practice since it provides a holistic overview of gerontic occupational therapy practice."  

— Jane Painter, EdD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy in Health Care

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Reviewer: John V Fisher, BS (California State University Dominguez Hills)
Description: This book provides a brief overview of traditional and emerging areas of occupational therapy intervention for the geriatric population. The book covers general principles of the profession, including research, reimbursement and developing specialty areas.
Purpose: According to the author, the book is intended, "to provide a pragmatic and comprehensive text for occupational therapy (OT) and certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) students." In addition, the author wants to provide a resource for practitioners to access public and private organizations providing information, products, and services related to elder care. These are both worthy objectives. However, most of the information presented here is already contained in books used by most OT and COTA educational programs. The resource indexes also can be quickly accessed using a search program on the Internet. The book does not appear to meet the author's objectives since many chapters provide only one theoretical approach. The chapter on mental health is just three pages long and only introduces a few diagnoses, without addressing how OT intervention is traditionally provided. No case study is provided and the reader is left with the impression that these disorders exist, but there are none of the excellent OT programs that provide intervention.
Audience: The book is written primarily for OT and COTA students, but is also intended for practitioners in the field as well as for practitioners interested in (re)entering the field of geriatrics. Ms. Cutler is a very credible authority, with over 19 years of clinical practice and a wealth of experience writing for publication.
Features: The book is formatted to take the reader through the care of the elderly. Historical and current demographic information on the elderly is provided which then leads to a review of the multiple settings and roles in which OT treatment may be provided. Many of the major developmental stages commonly identified with the elderly population are addressed with case studies provided to exemplify the theoretical concepts. At the end of the book are 20 appendixes providing resources for agencies, equipment and definitions of areas of practice. The book explores some topics in depth, with references to research articles (i.e., wellness and driving) while only identifying the existence of other practice areas (i.e., mental health and low vision).
Assessment: The book seems incomplete. In comparison to Functional Performance in Older Adults, 2nd Edition, by Bonder and Wagner (F.A. Davis, 2001), this book provides incomplete information, often giving the impression that omitted information is nonessential to the field. Finally, as the introduction states, the second edition was produced during the development of the new OT Practice Framework, and therefore could not specifically frame the information using the terminology of the new document.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556425271
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,211,066
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Cutler Lewis, MFA, OTR/L, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has published articles pertaining to geriatrics in the following periodicals: The Gerontologist, The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, Osteopathic Annals, The Activity Director’s Guide, The Gerontology Special Interest Section Newsletter, The Occupational Therapy Forum, and The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. She has authored three books, The Mature Years: A Geriatric Occupational Therapy Text, Providing for the Older Adult: A Gerontological Handbook, and Elder Care in Occupational Therapy. Ms. Lewis has been a reviewer for a number of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) position papers concerning gerontic occupational therapy; a professional publishing house; a paraprofessional, commercial publishing house; and a professional multi-disciplinary journal. She has served as a contributing author to AOTA’s Role of Occupational Therapy with the Elderly, First Edition and as a member of the Editorial Review Board for Module III of the second edition of AOTA’s Role of Occupational Therapy With the Elderly. Ms. Lewis has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women and is a lifetime member of Sigma Phi Omega, the National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society.

Work experience in adult care has included a community evening arts program in a settlement house, psychiatric occupational therapy in a private mental hospital, occupational therapy in a rehabilitation center, and acute care occupational therapy in a general hospital. For 19 years, Ms. Lewis served as the supervisor of geriatric and restorative services for the department of occupational therapy at a large state mental hospital. While in this capacity, she was a member of a multi-disciplinary, community-based program that focused upon preventing institutionalization as well as serving clients within the institution. She was also responsible for developing a field-work Level II curriculum for occupational therapy students wishing to specialize in geriatrics.

Ms. Lewis has been a consultant to nursing homes, an environmental consultant in planning a new activities wing at an acute private psychiatric unit (which was part of a general hospital), and a consultant to a university-based home-care training center where she was part of a multi-disciplinary team and shared in the responsibility for the development and presentation of an intensive 15-week curriculum for home health aides.

Ms. Lewis has spent 7 years working directly with residents in subacute skilled nursing facility settings for rehabilitation companies as a full-time employee. One of these nursing homes was affiliated with an assisted living facility. She has also served as a private contractor for rehabilitation agencies and is well acquainted with the Prospective Payment System (PPS) in these settings.

For more than 10 years, Ms. Lewis has worked as a private contractor for two home health agencies (one religiously affiliated and the other hospital based). In both of these agencies Ms. Lewis has served mostly elderly clients from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds (e.g., the inner city, the suburbs, small boroughs and villages, assisted living facilities, private one-room apartments, large estates, boarding homes, college professors, barely literate clients, and individuals who spoke no English). While working in these settings Ms. Lewis has become familiar with the PPS requirements for home health.

Ms. Lewis has lectured on topics pertaining to gerontology at a number of universities and colleges. She has also coordinated and presented at a variety of workshops and seminars to employees at institutions and community centers. Her audience has included physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, recreational therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, gerontologists, student nurses, residents, architects, lawyers, nursing home administrators, nurse’s aides, and activities workers. She has spoken at a number of multi-disciplinary conferences and has initiated several educationally oriented community projects related to the elderly.

Sandra Cutler Lewis, MFA, OTR/L, is currently working as a private contractor and a consultant devoted solely to the concerns of the late life adult.

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Table of Contents


Unit 1 Older Adults and Gerontic Occupational Therapy
Chapter 1 A Historical Outlook
Chapter 2 Conceptual Models, Demographics, Life Development, and
Chapter 3 Problems Arising in Caring for the Elderly
Chapter 4 Wellness
Case Studies 1 and 2
Unit 2 Life Span Changes and the Elderly, Death, and Dying
Chapter 5 Biological, Psychosocial, and Cognitive
Chapter 6 Mental Health Concerns
Chapter 7 Drugs and the Elderly
Chapter 8 Death, Dying, and Interventional Strategies With the Elderly
Case Studies 3 and 4
Unit 3 Occupational Therapy Work Settings, Documentation, and Intervention Approaches
Chapter 9 Work Settings
Chapter 10 Work Positions
Chapter 11 Cultural Considerations
Chapter 12 Documentation
Chapter 13 Specific Intervention Programs and Modalities
Chapter 14 Mental Health and the Older Adult
Chapter 15 Physical Disabilities and Occupational Therapy Intervention
Chapter 16 Falls, Fear of Falling, and Fall Prevention
Chapter 17 Seating, Positioning, and Wheeled Mobility Intervention
Chapter 18 Arts and Crafts as a Modality and Leisure Skills
Chapter 19 Home Health
Chapter 20 Driving and the Older Adult
Chapter 21 Summary
Case Studies 5 through 12

Appendix A Reimbursement Issues (including PPS) in the United States
Appendix B PACE: The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (United States)
Appendix C Evaluation and Assessment Resources in Gerontic Occupational Therapy
Appendix D Associations and Organizations Relating to Gerontology
Appendix E Healthy People 2010 (United States)
Appendix F Consciousness-Raising Programs to Promote Positive Attitudes Concerning the Elderly
Appendix G Exercise Components for Well-Being and Fitness
Appendix H Supplies
Appendix I Living Arrangements and the Elderly
Appendix J Modifying and Designing Living Arrrangements
Appendix K Universal Design
Appendix L Assisted Living Facilities and Occupational Therapy
Appendix M Ways in Which Color Contrast Can Be Achieved
Appendix N Rethinking Preretirement Planning and the Role of Occupational Therapy
Appendix O Looking Beyond Traditional Intervention in Cardiovascular Accidents
Appendix P An Emerging Opportunity: Life Care Management and Occupational Therapy
Appendix Q Client-Centered Practice
Appendix R OT/OTA Roles and Relationships
Appendix S Evidence-Based Practice
Appendix T The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process-A Summary 


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