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Home Health

A Specialty of Its Own


This course is a guide to quick, effective, inexpensive and evidence based tests and interventions based on specific impairment categories that can be used in all Physical or Occupational Therapy settings from home health to skilled nursing.  Learn new tests that can more accurately measure specific deficits, improve patient motivation and track progress.

Measurable assessment tests & tools 

Deb will review specific evidence based, measurable assessment tests & measures to improve your skills, documentation and functional outcome measurements. The Functional Test Score handout is a 4 page summary broken down into impairment categories:

  • Aerobic Capacity/Endurance Activity Tolerance
  • Balance and Balance Confidence
  • Gait and Locomotion
  • Mobility ADL IADL
  • Strength & Power
  • Arousal, Attention, and Cognition.

There is also an oculomotor section with tests for central and peripheral deficits and monofilament testing instructions for loss of protective sensation for feet. Each category has specific tests and measures, provides a quick reference for age and gender norms, and evidenced based normative data that you will be able to immediately put into practice. Deb also shares specific tests that can be used to identify fall risk, hospital risk and mortality risk.

Intervention exercises: From frail to functional

This section discusses treatment strategies based on the impairments identified and discusses treatment progression to meet functional patient centered goals.

Six categories of exercise: 

  • Aerobic Capacity and Endurance Training
  • Balance, Coordination and Agility Training
  • Body Mechanics and Postural Stabilization
  • Flexibility Training
  • Gait and Locomotion
  • Muscle performance

What Participants Are Saying . . .

  1. Analyze recommended evidence based test and measurements based on home health impairment categories and integrate into home health practice.
  2. Perform appropriate tests and measurements to incorporate efficient and accurate Oasis assessment to adhere to guidelines and definitions.
  3. Execute recommended interventions based on the patient’s impair- ment categories, tests and measurements and centered around the patient specific goals and incorporate into home health practice.
  4. Create and design innovative treatment plans based on patient goals, impairment categories and consideration for special population integrating with current skills.
  5. Identify and understand importance of medication management, side effects, and impact on treatment and effectiveness of plan.
  6. Analyze barriers to compliance and formulate how to motivate and impact patient compliance to sustain goals and gains.
  7. Incorporate take home tools that you can immediately utilize in your home health practice to justify home bound status and functional progress for better outcomes.
  8. Explain regulatory and reimbursement issues and how they impact home health.

A certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational activity (20 CEUs or 2.0 CEUs depending on how your Practice Act determines CEUs in your state) will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in DC, NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved in MD, AR, CA, TN, and NJ REGISTRATION for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approal in OK. This 20 contact hour course meets the guidelines of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy for an acceptable continuing education activity. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in PA, AL, IN, WY, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, UT and MO. If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. GREAT Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or Board of Certification. Your tuition is tax deductible. Any reference to or mention of state rules or regulations concerning continuing education requirements are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. If you have questions, please contact your board or regulating body. Colorado Physical Therapists: This 20 contact hour seminar meets accepted standards for Category 1 continuing competence activities as directed in CO section 12-41-114.6, C.R.S. Please make sure that you have completed the required post-course survey tool. Save your certificate of completion for the relicensing process.

Day 1

7:30-8:00 – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 – Introduction to Home Health

8:30-10:00 – Assessment Models and Principles of Tests & Measurements. Tools & Functional Outcome Measures for Home Health

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15-11:00 – Continue Assessment Tools and Functional Outcome Measures

11:00-11:30 – LAB: TUG, 30 sec Sit to Stand, 2 min Step Test, Arm Curl Test, SLUMS & mFES

11:30-12:00 – Lab: DGI, 10’ Walk Test, 4M Walk Test

12:00-1:00 – Lunch (on your own) Lunch Assignment

1:00-2:00 – Other Tests and Measures including Lab: 4 Square Step Test, Modified CTSIB, Single Leg Heel Raise, Short Physical Performance Battery, and Functional Reach

2:00-2:30 – Introduction to Community Based Initiatives and Evidence Based Programs for Fall Prevention for Older Adults.

2:30-3:15 – Fall Risk Assessment and Hospital Risk Assess in Home Health

3:15-3:30 – Break

3:30-4:30 – Geriatric Syndromes, Medications and Treatment Considerations

4:30-5:15 – Home Bound, Face to Face, Skilled Care Documentations & Guidelines

5:00-6:00 – Home Safety Considerations

6:00-6:30 – Questions and Answers

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00 – Continental Breakfast

8:00-10:00 – Payment Models – PPS, HHVB, CJR – How we are paid; Proposed Model change – HHRGs to PDGMs (Patient Driven Grouping Model); Home Health Compare & Star Ratings – How we are graded; How well do you know Oasis? Step by step the functional questions. Oasis D guidance for GG coding

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15-12:00 – Paint the Picture & Guidelines for Goal Writing; Aging Adults and Fitness; Skilled Maintenance Care

12:00-1:00 – Lunch (on your own) Lunch Assignment

1:00-2:15 – Treatment Interventions the Right Prescription Based on the 6 Categories of Exercise

2:15-3:15 – Evidence Based Interventions for Other Populations: Cardiopulmonary, Stroke and Parkinson’s

3:15-3:30 – Break

3:30-5:00 – Evidence Based Interventions for Other Populations: Orthopedics, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Cancer, Diabetes & Dementia

5:00-6:00 – Compliance & the Art of Sustaining Goals

6:00-6:30 – Questions and Answers

Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.



For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.


Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25


Check back for more dates coming in 2022!

Your Instructor

Deborra Rodgers, PT, GCS, GTC, CEEAA