Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2023

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Allison Naber


older adults, discharge, occupational therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


Older adults may face occupational limitations that serve as a barrier to maintaining independence in their homes for various reasons, including the onset of illness, injury, or age-related generalized weakness. When individuals are admitted to the hospital and require ongoing rehabilitation to improve their functional abilities, they require effective and client-centered discharge planning to promote a successful transition from the rehabilitation unit. There is a continued need to explore how occupational therapists can provide quality discharge planning throughout the patient’s therapeutic process and methods to facilitate the carryover of skilled interventions after discharge. This capstone project aimed to obtain in-depth clinical experiences to evaluate how skilled interventions can create successful transitions upon discharge and to create, develop, and implement a program design to expand caregiver and patient education to improve carryover from therapeutic services.