Ramps, handrails and grab bars - Vaughan, ON
28-Nov-2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
3201 HWY 7 W.
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5Z7

Ramps, handrails and grab bars

Vaughan, Ontario

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This one-day interactive workshop will equip you with the knowledge you need to measure and prescribe ramps, handrails and grab bars in domestic homes. Knowledge on broad principles, current literature, research and standards will be reviewed. You will have the opportunity to view and practice planning and stringing out a range of ramp configurations to suit flat and sloped land; and an opportunity to discuss your own cases and the presenter’s case studies. Small group activities and discussions will help you apply the information to practice.

Workshop topics:

  • Building advice
  • Relevance and use of standards
  • Ramp types and definitions
  • Ramp design – Features and elements
  • Tools for measuring
  • Calculating lengths of straight ramps
  • Calculation lengths of ramps with turns
  • Practical exercises
  • Alternative options to ramps
  • Resources to assist practice
  • Grab bar/Handrail prescription

Goals and learning objectives:
After taking part in this workshop, you will:

  1. Understand the broad principles for designing a range of internal and external ramps for domestic homes.
  2. Be able to measure areas for the design and installation of internal and external ramps.
  3. Be aware of alternative environmental solutions to ramps.
  4. Be aware of a range of resources to assist with measuring and designing ramps.
  5. Be aware of current literature and research influencing the prescription of grab bars.
  6. Be able to assess the biomechanics of sit to stand transfers and be able to measure someone for a grab bar beside the toilet, in the shower and in other parts of the home.

Target audience:
Occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, students in occupational therapy programs, students in OTA/PTA programs, design and construction professionals who wish to improve their skills in prescribing ramps, handrails and grab bars in domestic homes. Participants are expected to have foundational knowledge on home modification principles.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Areas of practice
Cognitive. neurological/neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory, digestive/metabolic/endocrine, general physical health, palliative/end-of-life care, medical/legal and educators

Client age groups
Young children (0-4 years old), children (5-12 years old), adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Workshop level:
Intermediate (3-5 years of experience in home modifications)

Elizabeth Ainsworth

Elizabeth Ainsworth (B Occ Thy, Hons; M Occ Thy, Contemporary Clinical Practice) is a private practice Occupational Therapist and Access Consultant (qualified and accredited) who has been working in the housing field in Australia for over 25 years. Elizabeth is a consultant to individuals and their families, and clients in the insurance, legal and construction industries; an expert witness for the Supreme Court in Queensland; and a Livable Housing Assessor. She is currently completing a PhD in home modifications at The University of Queensland.

Registration fees:
Registration ends November 14, 2018


CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*

Workshop only



Workshop and Aging in Place and Home Modification Conference (see below)



Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2018-2019 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: November 14, 2018 

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:
One-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 1 month following the workshop, electronic certificate of attendance.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $40 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are to be done on your own.

Workshop maximum number of registrants:

Workshop location:
Toscana Banquet and Conference Centre
3201 HWY 7 W.
Vaughan, On L4K 5Z7

*Secure your discounted rate for $175/night at Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan attached to the Toscana Banquet and Conference Centre. Limited quantity available.  

Save $85 if you register for both the one-day workshop and the Aging in Place and Home Modifications Conference!

It’s time to elevate the conversation about aging in place and home modification. 

  • Baby boomers are investing heavily in home renovations but universal design is rarely considered
  • There is a disconnect between the perception of aging (adding grab bars and ramps) and the reality: that many design features can enhance livability
  • The role of the occupational therapist is misunderstood by older adults, renovators and related stakeholders such as home and community supports
  • Smart Home Technology is developing quickly.  Are we keeping up?
  • Find out what is happening in Home Modifications in Canada and abroad (U.K. & Australia).  Learn from leading industry experts and OT’s

95% of Canadians want to age in place but don’t know how.
50% of family caregivers will modify their homes for care delivery. 

Come join to us on November 29, 2018 to hear a report on new initiatives at the 6th Aging in Place and Home Modification Conference.
For more information, please visit www.caregiveromnimedia.com.

Cancellation/refund policy for Workshop:
All refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. Requests received prior November 14, 2018 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until October 31, 2018. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?
If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

We invite you to consult the Workshop FAQ for an immediate response to the most frequent questions we receive regarding Workshops. Please do not hesitate to contact us at education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222 should you have additional questions or concerns.


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