Alcohol and the older adult: The screening process

Susan Swinehart, OTD, MS, OTR, FAOTA

December 21, 2015

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During the screening process, would you advise to bring the family in as well?

Answer

There is the problem of HIPAA.  Depending upon what kind of release the patient has signed, you could bring the family in, which makes sense.  If they have not signed a release, then you are handicapped in terms of being able to bring them in.  If you can, yes you should bring the family in.  We need to know if there is a family history.  Has there been a problem before?  Has the person received treatment before?  If so, where? 


susan swinehart

Susan Swinehart, OTD, MS, OTR, FAOTA

Dr. Susan Swinehart received a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals in 2007.  She was a faculty member at Indiana University School of Allied Health Sciences for close to three decades.  She has held many titles during her long tenure and has participated in many professional societies and activities, including being inducted into the AOTA Roster of Fellows in 1993.


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