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The Effective Caregiver Creating an Environment to Foster Independence-Guardians, Guardianship
#2089 The Effective Caregiver Creating an Environment to Foster Independence


6 Contact Hours

This Introductory, web based course is designed for entry level and intermediate professional guardians, care managers, case managers and caregivers who work with an elderly population. This course is also appropriate for rehabilitation therapists who want to learn about how various professionals serve the needs of elderly wards through guardianship.

Upon completion of the course, the Learner will be able to work with healthcare professionals to assess the ward’s environment, remove safety hazards/barriers, and adapt the ward’s environment to promote safety, accessibility and independence. You will know how to find professionals and products that a professional guardian may use to facilitate the ward’s ability to function in a safe and healthy environment.

Availability: 120 days from registration, unless other agreement applies


To provide the professional guardian with the opportunity to participate in a self-paced, interactive learning environment to learn how to provide effective care for the older ward, including (a) meeting the ward’s needs for physical health and safety, (b) allowing the ward to participate as fully as possible in all decisions and activities, (c) finding people and products that a professional guardian may use to facilitate the ward’s ability to function in a safe and healthy environment, and (d) using safety equipment and other tools to create a safe and accessible environment.


Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Identify various health care practitioners, their respective roles and how each of them can assist in care of the ward
  • Identify safety hazards/barriers in the ward’s environment that limit accessibility, safety and independence
  • Describe various ways to remove safety hazards/barriers and/or adapt the ward’s environment to promote accessibility, safety and independence
  • Identify and describe the purpose of various safety equipment and tools to create a safe environment for the ward



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for .6 CEU, Introductory Level, Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for .6 CEU

NBCOT 7.5 PDU (course includes assessment component)

This course is also approved by the:

  • Center for Guardianship Certification
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 6 Content Hours
  • Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Office
  • Texas Guardianship Certification Board

Author and Instructor

Orit Simhoni, PhD, OTR/L, GCG, NCG

A native New Yorker, Dr. Simhoni earned her BS in Occupational Therapy (OT) from New York University in 1974.  After living and working in Israel, she moved to Florida.  While working in the field of rehabilitation, she received her MS in Adult Education and Certificate in Gerontology from Florida International University.

While working as an OT assistant professor and fieldwork coordinator at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in the (1995-2002), and research assistant to the Assistant to the President (2002-2003), Dr. Simhoni completed her studies in the NSU Conflict Analysis and Resolution doctoral program.  After completing her dissertation, “The Welfare of Elderly Florida Wards in ‘Nightmare Cases’: A Qualitative Inquiry,” she relocated to teach at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia (2004-2006) and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Currently in Silver Spring, Maryland, Dr. Simhoni is the Educational Specialist, Guardianship Division, for Dynamic Learning Online, Inc. and a consultant for Living Solutions, Inc.  She provides direct occupational therapy services to adult and geriatric patients in multiple settings, and is teaching part-time in the Towson University Occupational Therapy Program.  In September 2008, Dr. Simhoni was appointed to serve as a non-lawyer Guardian on the Washington, D.C. Probate Fiduciary Panel and continues to research guardianship practice issues.

Over the years, Dr. Simhoni has been recognized for her professional contributions in the field of occupational therapy and has published and presented her work in occupational therapy, fieldwork, and guardianship issues.  She also holds two U.S. patents.

Teaching MethodS

Teaching Methods include: course content delivered in a text format, pictures and graphics, case examples, web links, references and resources, and the opportunity for email interaction with the instructor and fellow course participants. This course is delivered through text format, guided activities and web links. The opportunity for collaborative learning and networking with other professionals is offered through threaded discussions and email. The presentation includes activities and quizzes to promote application to the professional’s own caseload.

A Final Exam is required with multiple attempts allowed to obtain a minimum passing grade of 80%. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.