Occupational Therapy Home Safety Intervention via Telehealth


  • Lori E. Breeden University of Indianapolis




Photography can be an effective addition for education-based telehealth services delivered by an occupational therapist.  In this study, photography was used as antecedent to telehealth sessions delivered by an occupational therapist focused on narrative learning about home safety.  After taking photographs of past home safety challenges, six participants experienced three web-based occupational therapy sessions each.  Sessions were recorded and transcribed.  Data were examined using content analysis.  A content analysis identified the following themes as well as an understanding of the learning process.  Analyses yielded themes of: the value of photos to support learning, the value of narrative learning related to home safety education, abstract versus concrete learners.  Procedural findings are included to support future endeavors.  Findings indicate that within a wellness context, home safety education for older adults can be delivered effectively via telehealth when using photography as a part of an occupational therapy intervention.


Author Biography

Lori E. Breeden, University of Indianapolis

Lori Breeden is an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.  She teaches Neuroscience in Occupational Therapy, OT Process II & III which focus on intervention, and an elective on Telehealth. Professional interests include rehab seating and positioning, spasticity management and recovery of hemiplegic upper extremities.

Lori's research interests include client education, stroke recovery, OT delivery via telehealth, the contribution of photovoice and photoethnographic research to the understanding of participation in meaningful occupation with a chronic illness or disability.

She received her EdD in Adult, Higher & Community Education from Ball State University, her MS in Occupational Therapy, and BS in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis.


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How to Cite

Breeden, L. E. (2016). Occupational Therapy Home Safety Intervention via Telehealth. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 8(1), 29–40. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2016.6183




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