Online Course
ADL, Self-Care and Home Modifications for People With Spinal Cord Injury
Learn how to help individuals with SCI navigate the road towards independence

1-1.5 hours





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Wendy Oelofse
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Wendy Oelofse is an occupational therapist with a passion for spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

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Housing accessibility for persons with spinal cord injury is vital for independence, supporting health and improving occupational performance. Home modification covers a number of interventions, including assistive technologies and training in activities of daily living. Activities of daily living can be classified into personal and instrumental activities of daily living. Personal activities of daily living include the basic skills needed to manage physical needs, such as grooming and personal hygiene, dressing, toileting and continence, transferring and ambulating, and eating. Instrumental activities of daily living include complex tasks related to the ability to live independently in the community, such as domestic tasks, leisure, parenting, shopping, managing finances and medications.
This course discusses how to facilitate independence in activities of daily living and reviews elements of home modifications to promote improved independence in people with a spinal cord injury.


This course aims to present strategies that clinicians can use to help develop skills in activities of daily living and home modifications for people with spinal cord injuries.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activities
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify likely outcomes for personal activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living based on the level of spinal cord injury
  • describe specific occupational therapy and assistive technology interventions persons with a spinal cord injury can use to complete activities of daily living and self-care tasks
  • select an appropriate home modification solution for persons with a spinal cord injury based on case scenarios

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Wendy Oelofse: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It is a good course, with practical tips on home and environment modifications that can make the lives of SCI patients easier.
Sakshi Gandhe
I wanted to say a big thank you to Physio Plus for presenting this course. I have learned new things, primarily how to diagnose the level of injury and the complications that come with it. The part about the need for environmental adaptation was excellent.
Alozious Bataringaya
Occupational Therapist