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Acute Care Rehabilitation

20 Contact Hours

This seminar provides a current update on the latest information on rehabilitation in the acute care setting. As in all practice settings, acute care rehabilitation is continuously evolving. From the various entry points into the acute care setting to discharge, rehabilitation plays an integral role. Therapists are being relied upon more and more to make significant contributions to the medical team, and frequently are the determining factor in hospital length of stay. This seminar is designed to give clinical information for therapists working in, or returning to working in the acute care setting. In addition, the seminar will offer practical tips and higher level problem solving skills that will benefit therapists working in this setting. The seminar will utilize lecture and case study to discuss the role of physical therapy in the acute care setting. Current literature review will be presented to lend strength to decision making in this challenging environment.

Cancer Rehabilitation

An Evidence Based Course for ALL Clinicians

20 contact hours

1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Do you know the principles of cancer and its treatment? Some treatment side effects last a lifetime, others do not present until years after the treatment is complete. How do you choose rehabilitation interventions that are safe and effective? This comprehensive course will provide the evidence- base for you to incorporate rehabilitation strategies in any setting for patients who have had cancer or those undergoing cancer treatments. This engaging and animated course covers current screening guidelines, basic disease and treatment principles including short term and late effects that will impact a patient’s rehabilitation treatment plan.

You will learn: impairments and functional limitations directly related to common cancer diagnoses and treatment. Short term and late effects of cancer treatment and how this impacts patients across the lifespan. Current evidence based rehabilitation strategies will be described in detail including: exercise prescription, contraindications and precautions with exercise & modalities. You will identify in a problem based format, with group interaction, using real case examples; the latest in evaluation, treatment and progression of care.

Clinical Geriatric Neurology

Effective Examination and Intervention Strategies

20 Contact Hours

The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most up-to-date information on neurological rehabilitation of the geriatric patient. The seminar format is lecture with demonstration that explores evaluation tools and treatment protocols/ideas designed and most appropriate for older patients with diagnoses of Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, gait and balance disorders. Information on the physiology of aging will also be presented as well as special features on the environment and burnout. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 5,000 current medical references, will provide detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, treatment techniques, protocols and sample home exercises.

Clinical Geriatric Orthopedics

Safe and Effective Examination and Intervention

20 contact hours

The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most up to date information addressing age changes and pathology affecting the care of older persons. Specific evaluation tools for common orthopedic problems affecting older adults will be demonstrated and practiced. Treatment strategies and progressions will be presented, and hands-on sessions will help familiarize therapists with proper implementation of treatment techniques and approach including advanced modifi ed joint mobilizations stretching & resistive techniques specific for older persons. Case studies will be presented and reviewed to facilitate effective treatment planning. Evaluation forms, musculoskeletal norms, and outcomes measures for every joint will be discussed to illustrate the importance of this aspect of patient care regarding reimbursement for services. The main purpose of this course is to advance clinical competence in working with the orthopedic conditions that affect older adults. The speaker will demonstrate and instruct the class in specific and innovative mobilization, stretching and resistive exercises to obtain the best results. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 5,000 current medical references, will provide detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises and progressions. The material presented provides a thorough approach to therapeutic strategies and goals, thereby preparing therapists to design and implement highly skilled rehabilitation programs for older persons.

Clinical Implications of Pharmacology for Therapists Working with Older Adults

20 Contact Hours

Have you ever wanted to be better prepared to deal with the effects of medications on your patients? Medications have both positive and negative effects on a patient’s ability to function. Therapists need to be able to effectively evaluate and treat patients whether their medications are assisting or interfering with the patient’s ADL’s and IADL’s. The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the information required to incorporate pharmacology and medication management into practice with the geriatric patient. The seminar format will be lecture based with small group discussion and case scenarios related to medication management and pharmacology. Participants will learn to effectively treat patients experiencing polypharmacy. Participants will learn techniques to help monitor patients for intended effects, untoward effects, side effects and to assist physicians and nurses with safe medication use and medication adherence. Evidence-based resources will be provided to assist the participant with safe medication use. The course manual is a fabulous resource for daily practice.

Comprehensive Rehab Strategies for the Geriatric Patient

20 Contact Hours

Rehabilitation for older persons is changing rapidly. Payment changes make it more challenging to deliver quality care to the rehabilitatively and medically complex older patient. New advances in treatment techniques, research on efficacy and outcomes make it imperative for the practicing clinician to gather as much proven clinical information as possible. The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most up-to-date information on the evaluation and treatment of the medically complex geriatric patient. The seminar format is lecture and discussion, as the speaker guides you through the most recent research, evaluation tools, and treatment protocols. Case studies and video demonstration with patients will encourage participants to integrate this information into the development of individualized plans for that can be implemented immediately. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 6,000 current medical references, will provide detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises and progressions. The material presented provides a thorough approach to therapeutic strategies and goals, thereby preparing therapists to design and implement highly skilled rehabilitation programs for older persons.

Evidence Based Management with Patients with Dementia

20 contact hours

While patients with dementia pose unique challenges to rehabilita- tion professionals, the potential benefits from quality therapy is astounding. Having a strong foundational understanding of the available strengths to these patients is crucial in developing a solid treatment plan. These patients present with deficits in atten- tion, judgment, memory, communication, and language but also have several functions that remain intact through the disease. It is commonly thought that patients with dementia cannot benefit from rehabilitation services because of behaviors, lack of commu- nication, or difficulties in learning. However, the current literature demonstrates that this is not case. Skilled rehabilitation is an integral part of an older adult’s return to the optimal functional level of independence following an injury or illness. Patients with dementia benefit as much from rehabilitation as individuals with- out dementia, but it is up to us as the rehabilitation professionals to understand how to exploit the strengths and abilities of these individuals to help meet their goals.

This course will provide a better understanding of cognitive aging through discussion on which parts of cognition are the strongest throughout the progression of dementia and how to use these abili- ties to promote a successful episode of care. Barriers to treatment will be discussed along with best practice and evidence-based approaches to overcome these challenges to improve functional outcomes for these patients. The different types of dementia will be discussed highlighting effective strategies to maximize patient outcomes. Understanding the use of a strength-based approach will be emphasized to help you and your staff better treat this growing group of challenging patients.

Exercise Can Change the Parkinson Brain

20 contact hours

Exercise can change the Parkinson brain! For persons living with PD, a disease specific approach to exercise is medically necessary to improve the quality of their life. This course will introduce the latest evidence based etiology, prevalence, anatomy, physiology and medication needs of the person with idiopathic PD as well as the types of evidence based exercise concepts that are known to induce behavioral and brainy changes. The concept of a Parkinsonism disease process vs the specific degenerative nature and location of damage in idiopathic Parkinson’s will be discussed to understand the motor (ie bradykinesia, rigidity and tremor), nonmotor (i.e. decreased cognition and motivation) and autonomic (sleep, constipation and pain symptoms) symptoms of PD across the disease severity. Clinicians will be able to successfully address the needs of the whole patient to optimize function and improve lives. We know that exercise can improve strength, agility and fitness level, but that is just the beginning! Evidence will be introduced that exercise is medicine for persons with PD when delivered with the appropriate skill and aerobic essentials addressed. It is NEVER too late for persons with Parkinson Disease (PD) to change their function and improve their lives. Please join the revolution to change the Pakinson’s brain!

Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Expert Certification

20 Contact Hours

An article published in October 2016 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation set off a media frenzy because it proposed making cardiovascular fitness (CFR) the 6th vital sign. The evidence presented was compelling and recognizing physical fitness as a vital sign would be a huge step in the right direction. However, the definition of physical fitness needs to be expanded beyond cardiovascular health to include all aspects of fitness that affect optimal aging: posture, flexibility, gait and balance, endurance, and strength. This is where certified Functional Standards for Optimal Aging Experts (FSOAE) will be able to demonstrate a valuable role in wellness as well as rehabilitation.

The FSOAE certification is based on the The Moving Target, which comprises 15 functional assessments used to measure the key components of optimal aging for middle age and older adults. Physical and occupational therapists who embrace the concept that functional assessment and treatment is their domain and who wish to become experts in MTS are encouraged to take this course and become certified (FSOAE).

This course provides thorough training in executing the MTS with a variety of clients. In addition, there is little point to assessing and prescribing perfect exercises plans if patient/client compliance is low. Therefore, course participants will learn techniques to motivate patients/clients to engage in exercise programs tailored to their individual needs. Course participants will also receive printable exercise prescription forms.

All MTS measures are research-based and most provide predictive analytics – the scores that indicate risk. Participants learn the evidence supporting each measure, how to correctly perform each assessment and how to explain the implications to their patients/ clients. Evidence based exercises will be provided as suggested resources for the problems identified. Course participants will observe case studies, which include counseling patients with regard to the appropriate course of action. Information on marketing this tool to physicians, health agencies, and the community is provided and practical, how-to handouts are included that the course participants can download and use immediately. To earn their FSOAE certification, participants will demonstrate their competence by means of a motivational planning assignment, a written exam and a practical exam.

The Moving Target: Functional Standards for Optimal Aging, a 5-hour course available at Great Seminars Online, is a prerequisite to the FSOAE course. Participants who successfully complete the FSOAE certification course will be able to use the designation FSOAE.

Geriatric Therapeutic Exercise

20 Contact Hours

Exercising geriatric patients presents a unique challenge to therapists. Most patients have multiple diagnoses, take multiple medications and are frequently deconditioned and possibly have never previously exercised. Participants will learn different exercise techniques and innovative interventions for all of the body’s major joints as well as for the most common diagnoses seen in older persons (i.e., stroke, Parkinson’s disease, gait and balance deficits, etc.). Participants will also learn how to use functional tools to establish and guide exercise programs, thus improving functional test scores, outcomes and safe mobility. Evidence-based research will be used to support the efficacy of the geriatric exercises presented and both indications and contraindications will be discussed. Participants will be instructed in which modalities have been proven to enhance therapeutic exercise as well as how to bill for treatment to maximize financial return. Our older patients also present challenges in learning new exercises and being motivated to perform. This course will also present multiple ideas to improve communication, learning and motivation that will only serve to enhance the overall exercise program and functional outcome. Developing geriatric exercise programs is challenging and sometimes difficult but can also be fun and rewarding. This course will provide therapists the opportunity to broaden their horizons.

Home Health

A Specialty of Its Own

20 Contact Hours

Home Health rehabilitation is both an innovative and affordable component of delivering quality health care to patients in their homes. As a home health provider, therapists have the opportunity to make sustainable differences in the outcomes and lives of patients. Therapists are provided the opportunity to spend one on one time with patients, in their environment and with their families and support systems.  As a new therapist to home health, a seasoned provider, or someone considering this field as a career, this course is designed to provide tools to guide you in evidenced based assessment, intervention & treatment progression. This course will give you treatment ideas based on special populations, assessment findings and appropriate considerations based on patients’ specific health care needs. It will provide tools for screening cognition, literacy, depression, motivation, and quality of life measures. The course will provide education considerations for medication management, motivation, compliance and sustaining gains for the medically complex patient. This course will delve into documentation of homebound status, Oasis C documentation and will review guidelines for documenting functional progress. There will be case studies, labs, and demonstrations of tools to take home and immediately put into practice.

How To Work with Older Patients in Post-Acute Settings

20 contact hours

As the baby boomers continue to age, it’s no secret that the population of older adults is expanding – and will continue strong for the next 30 years. That population will enter all post-acute settings in ever-increasing numbers. As therapists, we are facing heightened demands to work effectively with older adults in increasingly shorter amounts of time. Is your clinic ready for this influx of patients living long into their 80s and 90s? 

Those who have exposure to the geriatric population know that successful outcomes require an in-depth understanding of common diagnoses along with an appreciation for age-related changes and complexities. This course will provide an overview of several diagnoses commonly encountered in the older population and how to address them effectively at multiple levels of function. Interventions presented will be based on current evidence. Instead of rote lecture, this course will provide time to practice interventions for immediate use in the clinic. Proven effective protocols that can be individualized, one-repetition maximum strength testing, effective exercise dosing, functional measures, and comorbidities will be discussed. The comprehensive manual will include summaries of recently published intervention protocols for clinical use as well as functional tools and references. 

The surge of aging baby boomers gives us a rich opportunity as they enter our clinics in unprecedented numbers. Take home over 50 new evidence based treatment ideas for older adults that you can use immediately to get great results. 

Intensive Orthopedics

20 contact hours

Orthopedics is a branch of rehabilitation that covers an incredible array of diagnosis. From acute to chronic injuries and post-surgical management, today’s rehab professional needs to be able to understand the broad range of patients they will see in their professional setting. This course is designed to provide the relevant clinical skills to enable the practitioner to effectively manage the orthopedic rehabilitation patient in a range of clinical settings. This course will increase your clinical knowledge and skills to effectively treat your orthopedic patients. The course instructor has extensive academic and clinical training in orthopedic manual therapy, and has instructed courses in orthopedics nationally. His ability as an instructor to make complex concepts accessible has received positive accolades from course attendees nationwide. You will leave this course with new tools for patient management that you will be able to implement immediately.

Manual Therapy for the Geriatric Patient

Maitland, Mulligan, and McKenzie Techniques for the Older Patient

20 Contact Hours

There is myriad of evidence to support the effectiveness of using manual therapy to address pain and musculoskeletal disorders. Often this important modality is overlooked in the treatment of geriatric patients. This course presents the evidence-based rationale for using manual therapy with geriatric patients and demonstrates how manual therapy can safely and effectively be applied to this patient population. Using the concepts of Robin McKenzie, Geoffrey Maitland, and Brian Mulligan, this course details their manual therapy techniques for treating the spine and extremities. The philosophical, evaluative, and treatment concepts of each approach will be compared and contrasted. This fast-paced course will focus on lab instruction with ample time for hands-on practice of a large variety of manual techniques. A problem solving approach will be presented to assist in the clinical application of manual therapy techniques on the older patient by providing the indication of each technique as they relate to symptoms and diagnoses. This is the perfect course to attend if you see geriatric orthopedic patients or have ever been curious about these three manual therapy approaches.

Put Some Muscle Into TherEx

20 Contact Hours

This seminar provides therapists with up-to-date information on the often-underutilized intervention of strength training. Through lecture, demonstration and case applications, participants will gain a clear understanding of the basis of strengthening, design and progression of training programs, and special considerations for strength training in the older population. Interactive sessions offer the opportunity to learn and practice specific evaluation techniques for immediate implementation in the practice setting. Forums on specific strengthening exercises allow therapists to share and take home practical exercises for training the upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk with a range of resistive exercise equipment. An analysis of the precautions, contraindications, and program components for patients with a variety of rehabilitation and medical diagnoses provides a literature-based overview of approaches to strength training for these populations. Participants will expand their knowledge to design, implement, evaluate, and modify effective strengthening programs confidently for the older population.

Putting It All Together

Applying Evidence on a Case-by-Case basis in the Older Adult

20 Contact Hours

Have you ever gone to a great course where you learned lots of inspiring new information, but then struggled to apply it with your older patients in the clinic? The complexities inherent to our geriatric patients often make it difficult to put evidence–based treatment into practice. In real life, our complicated older patients rarely present like the “textbook” case examples that would make intervention choices simple. Instead, we must address multiple problems and diagnoses, consider comorbidities, frailty, frequent communication barriers, lower levels of function, effects of medications – the list goes on and on. In the end, we may not apply much of what we learn, especially given the time constraints we face.

This seminar is designed to enable the physical therapist to approach the complex geriatric patient with a new paradigm, taking into consideration all of their conditions, prioritizing problems, and applying the most recent evidence based interventions.  Going beyond a traditional didactic format, this course combines lecture, interactive group work and discussion. Extended working time will be provided for participants to delve into multiple case scenarios and case studies which will accurately represent the challenging older patients we see every day. Participants will utilize online databases, as well as the manual provided to find, appraise, and apply research to cases.  Intervention options will be discussed for a broad gamut of conditions commonly seen in the older adult, including neurologic, orthopedic, concurrent medical diagnoses, and fall risk. Presentation of normative data and recent research regarding functional tools will improve participants’ ability to apply these tools and write highly skilled goals. The handout, which includes summaries of research articles for multiple diagnoses, medical references, diagnoses-based norms, and functional measures, is specially organized to serve as a working reference for the clinic.

Rehabilitation Strategies for the Older Adult with Multi-Morbidity

20 contact hours

As mortality rates decline and the population ages, rehabilitation specialists must be prepared to recognize and consider the multiple chronic conditions commonly seen in older adults. The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most current information and evidence on multi-morbidity with aging, components of comprehensive geriatric examination, and the implications of common chronic conditions in the development and implementation of highly skilled rehabilitation programs for medically complex older persons. The interactive seminar format combines lecture, discussion, videos, case studies, and hands-on activities to present the most recent research, examination tools, and interventions for older adults with multi-morbidity. An extensive course manual includes current primary references, detailed evaluation forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises, and progressions. 

Taking Balance to the Limits

20 Contact Hours

Do you feel at times that you have designed and delivered the best gait and balance program and yet your patients still have some problems with their balance?

This course goes beyond all you have learned about the effects of speed, strength and range of motion limitations as causes for balance dysfunction. You will leave with an in depth knowledge and skill in the postural dyscontrol, somatosensation and vestibular arenas. The instructor has taught and treated extensively in this area with astounding results with her patients and clinicians. Her skills in this area are unparralled. Take home innovative useable evaluation and treatment techniques that will dramatically change your practice. You and your patients deserve to receive this cutting edge information.

Total Joint Arthroplasty

20 Contact Hours

Take evidence and combine it with the topic of total joint arthroplasty and you will get the essential message of this course. How can we, as clinicians, practice in this rapidly changing environment and give great substantiated care? This course will give clinicians tools and research to apply in their current treatment environments. The field of total joint arthroplasty has evolved due to the advancement of surgical techniques, components and the patient population. This course helps to educate clinicians on the multidisciplinary role and how to best work with team members in providing outstanding patient care. The insider scoop on the perspectives of orthopedic surgeons and nursing will also be reviewed. A combination of lecture, case studies, interactive participation and videos will be integrated for a well rounded educational experience. By examining the procedures of the hip, knee and shoulder, clinicians will be educated on the entire process of joint arthroplasty from pre- operative education to post rehabilitation in all settings. We will also explore patient pathologies, understanding the role of pharmacology, the role of education and the rehabilitation role in the interdisciplinary treatment team. Finally participants will leave with a plethora of treatment ideas as well as outcome tools to improve existing protocols.