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Easing the Transition Home: Modifications for Safer Discharge and Independent Living

Posted on by Amy Finke

"They're Coming Home!...Now What?"

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Whether the stay at the hospital was expected or due to an emergency, homecoming is what everyone is waiting for - but it must be planned for to ensure a safe transition home

For example, you may be thinking about the following:

  • Will the patient come home using a wheelchair or assistive device?
  • Is the home safe and easily accessible for them in the short and long term of recovery and independent living?

Join us on Thursday, December 17th 2020 at 12pm CST / 1pm EST for our free webinar - Easing the Transition Home: Modifications for Safer Discharge & Independent Living. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Care Managers
  • Case Managers
  • Discharge Planners
  • Home Care Providers
  • Social Workers
  • Anyone else that is interested in learning more about discharge planning for a patient, friend or loved with with limited mobility.

What Topics Will be Covered?

  • Home Assessments
  • Planning Timelines for Short & Long Term Needs
  • Modification Options
  • COVID & HIPPA Concerns
  • Funding Resources
  • Common Questions & Concerns

Webinar Panelists

Lifeway Accessibility Experts:

Amy Finke from Lifeway Mobility - headshot

Amy Finke, CAPS, CEAC
VP of Business Development (Southern New England)

Amy has over ten years of experience and expertise helping clients with home safety and accessibility solutions. Prior to joining Lifeway Mobility, Amy owned a specialized building company focused on designing and constructing home modifications for seniors and those with special needs. Leveraging her experience and law degree, she regularly collaborates with her elder law and special needs attorneys, health care providers, clinicians, and geriatric care managers to meet the home modification needs of their clients.


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Jim Whittington, CAPS
Accessibility Specialist / Business Development (Chicagoland)

Jim has over twenty five years experience as a Trauma and Critical Care Nurse, plus five additional years of experience as an accessibility specialist with Lifeway Mobility Chicago. Jim serves as a liaison to state and city agencies, senior and community centers and hospital rehabilitation centers presenting safe home accessibility solutions for people's home.


Blair Ferguson from Lifeway Mobility Minneapolis - headshotBlair Ferguson, CAPS, CEAC
Accessibility Specialist (Minneapolis)

Blair has been an Accessibility Consultant for 27 years and is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, Certified Environmental Access Consultant and Licensed Minnesota Accessibility Specialist. Blair’s interest in accessibility began while working as an EMT. He recognized that many of the patients he encountered struggled to move about their homes due to limited mobility and knew that he could help by providing solutions to make their homes more accessible.

Guest Panelists:


Monika Robinson from Living Fully at Home - headshotMonika Robinson, DrOT, OTR/L
Founder of Living Fully at Home 

Monika is a licensed Doctor of Occupational Therapy and founder of Living Fully At Home, LLC, a firm specializing in promoting optimal living at home. Monika has over 30 years of experience providing care for all age groups and health conditions while working in healthcare facilities, community agencies and home care. She is currently an assistant professor for an Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University and holds professional occupational therapy licenses in four states (IL, IN, IA, & WI). 

She has lectured locally and nationally on topics of home/community based practices, treatment methods, and healthcare approaches. Her research focuses on the home environment, use of adaptive techniques and equipment, and community participation.  

Monika is passionate about people being able to do those things that are most important to them in all aspects of life-- whether that is helping come up with strategies to live at home or to advocate for themselves---all of this is geared towards people being able to handle the challenges of living a full and meaningful life.

Blaine Robinson, co-founder of Living Fully at Home - headshotBlaine Robinson, CAPS
Co-Founder of Living Fully at Home 

Blaine, is the Co-Founder of Living Fully At Home, LLC and  a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. 

Having recently retired from the corporate world, Blaine pursued new goals and became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Reasons for pursuing this designation were driven by observing his own aging family members who wanted a quality life but met challenges along the way.

Blaine's former professional career as an industrial supplier adds a keen insight and knowledge about obtaining adaptive equipment and the necessary resources. Blaine's approach to problem solving when it comes to home modifications is conservative, focusing on the most cost-effective and efficient solutions while providing options for the client.

Don't Forget to Sign-Up!

Please be sure to register in advance and feel free to send us any questions that you'd like us to address during the webinar in the "Questions & Comments" box on the registration form!

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