Level 1 Housing Adaptation Course for Occupational Therapists - Fully Booked - Waiting listing in operation

Event Date 23 Nov 2019


Please note - the Level one housing courses as fully booked and a waitlist is in operation if EOI are received from now on

  • Saturday November 23rd, 2019. Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Curraheen, Cork. 
  • Friday December 6th, 2019 - Celbridge Primary Care Centre, Maynooth Road, Celbridge, Co Kildare. 
  • Friday December 13th, 2019- Limerick. Location to be confirmed


Time:     9am – 5pm

This course will first be offered to those on the waiting list. After one week it will be open to all OT’s. 

The Housing Advisory Group undertook a survey of members needs in relation to education, practice etc. a few years ago. An outcome of this was the need to develop a wide range of educational courses reflecting current international practice in the area of environmental design in occupational performance. The courses run by HAG will be presented at different levels of complexity dependent on the occupational therapist’s experience. Occupational Therapists will have to have completed a level one or a previous housing course to proceed to a level two course. 

Level 1 Course- Aims of Course

This one day Level 1 course is intended for Occupational Therapists who wish to work or have limited experience working in the field of housing and housing adaptations.

Its aim is to provide Occupational Therapists with the basic skill and knowledge to assess analyse and present solutions for adapting housing for people with a disability.  


The presenters are Linda Horgan and Yvonne Pennisi.   

Linda is the Chairperson of the Housing Advisory Group and edited the 2nd Edition of the Housing Guidelines for Occupational Therapists.  She is an Occupational Therapist who works in the area of education in occupational therapy in University College Cork.  She also runs a private Occupational Therapy Practice in Cork specialising in home modifications and fitness to drive.  

Yvonne Pennisi graduated from The University of Sydney in occupational therapy in 2000.  She currently works in University College Cork. At UCC, Yvonne teaches the theoretical and practical skills develop in the area of adult population for the third year students. In addition, Yvonne has taught oedema management to both undergraduate and post graduate nurses, podiatrists and physiotherapists, both in Ireland and in Australia. She ran her own private practice, located within the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers areas, specialising in home modifications and lymphoedema management.

Overview of the course: 

  • OT assessment, process & ergonomics
  • Measuring, planning, drawing
  • Role of OT/builder/funder
  • Grants and revenue sources
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Clinical reasoning around rails, move or modify elder care bathrooms/equipment/minor modifications
  • Course is guided by the 2nd Edition of Housing Guidelines & current guidelines

 Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

Fee:                 €120 AOTI members, €200 non-AOTI members. 

To book:         Payment is to be completed via bank transfer up to 1 week before course commencement.  A €20 cancellation fee will apply if the place is cancelled less than 3 days before course commencement. 

Please complete and return attached booking form to HAG@aoti.ie to express your interest.  Please note we have a waiting list for housing courses and people on this waiting list will be given first preference.  After one week it will be open to all OT’s.  A confirmation email will be sent to you if you receive a place on this training.  You will not receive any email if you do not receive a place on the course.  

Housing Advisory Group Bank Details 

  • IBAN:           IE49BOFI90065887897681
  • BIC:             BOFIIE2D
  • Name:         OTSIGHI   

Range of Level 2 & 3 Competency training days will be organised for 2020. 

Overview of the Level Two courses 

Course 1

Recap:  OT assessment & process, ergonomics, measuring, planning, drawing

Bathrooms- major modifications and/or redesign

Stairlifts/through floor lifts

Major access changes to/from home. 

Course 2

Recap:  OT assessment & process, ergonomics, measuring, planning, drawing

Kitchens: major modifications and/or redesign

Bedrooms: major modifications and/or redesign 

Overview of the Level Two courses

Level 3 courses will reflect best practice in areas of specific need such as autism, dementia and bariatric care. These will be organised on 



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