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The Prevention and Wellness Toolkit

The Prevention and Wellness Toolkit provides the rehabilitation specialist with three valuable resources: a manual on how to conduct a prevention and wellness screening with follow-up exercise classes, a guide on individualized balance assessment and treatment, and a toolbox of tests, scales and measures for holistic evaluation of the older adult. This course is geared towards the rehabilitation specialist who understands the critical need for wellness interventions in the older adult population and wants to bring their skills to the next level for optimal prevention.

The purpose of the this course is to provide the clinician with the tools needed to go into a community setting, such as a senior center or assisted living facility, and confidently approach the administration with a well-developed plan for a community-based program. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how to screen the older adult in critical domains of fitness, using an evidenced-based paradigm for screening, and will be able to interpret findings based on current normative data. This information may then be utilized to conduct follow-up group classes described in detail in the manual, complete with teaching scripts and handouts.

As fall prevention and optimal balance are key components of wellness in the older adult, this course provides the participant with functional balance tests along with detailed interpretations for each test item. Multiple treatment interventions are described in detail based on the specific deficits noted in functional tests. In addition, a toolbox of over twenty additional evidence-based tests is provided to allow the clinician to further assess each client as indicated in important areas such as self-efficacy, quality of life, and psychosocial domains.

After completion of the class, participants will be able to readily utilize efficient, comprehensive, evidence-based screening and testing methods, and implement both group and individualized interventions to promote wellness, a vital need in our growing older adult population.

  1. Describe the necessary components of creating a community – based wellness program for older adults
  2. List five domains of fitness integral to effective screening and exercise interventions
  3. Complete a comprehensive fitness screening examination for the older adult
  4. Correctly interpret screening test results to identify risk areas for posture, static balance, dynamic balance, strength and flexibility
  5. Determine appropriate course of action in response to screening results, including exercise prescription and the use of additional tests and measures as indicated.
  6. Conduct effective group exercise classes which include components of patient education, comprehensive exercise interventions, and effective handouts.
  7. Describe several specific exercises which address risk in each of the five domains of fitness.
  8. Discuss clinical screening tools for multiple areas of health and wellness including balance and fall prevention, posture, psychosocial wellness, confidence and self-efficacy, pain, quality of life, osteoporosis, circulation and mobility.
  9. Complete a detailed interpretation of commonly used functional balance tools based on specific test items.
  10. Develop an individualized intervention plan for balance and fall prevention linked to test item interpretations.

A. Starting your own Community Based Program
Introductory letter
Wellness screening form (Medical screening)
Community Based Screening Form for Older Adults
Instruction Sheet (test administration) for Fitness Screener
Exercise Prescription Sheet
Release of Liability form
Exercise Explanation for Instructors- Breathing, Posture, Strength, Balance, Flexibility exercises
Sample of 7 Community Based Class Outlines and Handouts for participants of the 7 classes
Class 1 – Breathing
Class 2 – Posture
Class 3 – Endurance
Class 4 – Strength
Class 5 – Balance
Class 6 – Flexibility
Class 7 – The Short List
Certificate of Achievement for Participants
Participant evaluation form

B. The Prevention and Wellness Toolbox
How to understand and use these tools
Fall Prevention Measures of Gait and Balance
Dizziness Handicap Inventory
Modified Falls Efficacy Scale
Functional Reach test
Gait Abnormality Rating Scale – Short Version
Get –up and Go Test
One -Legged Stand Test
Timed Stands Test
Tinetti Assessment Tool
Reedco Posture Score Sheet
Five-Item Geriatric Depression Scale
Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
Confidence in Treatment and Illness
Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale
Functional Abilities Confidence Scale
Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale
Self-Efficacy Scale
McGill Pain Questionnaire-Short Form
Quality of Life
Quality of Life Scale
Vitality Plus Scale
Simple Calculated Osteoporosis Risk Estimation (SCORE)
Physical Performance and Mobility Exam
Circulatory Screen
Autar Deep Vein Thrombosis Scale
Balance Assessment and Treatment
Tinetti Assessment
Tinetti Interpretation and Rehabilitation Considerations
Functional Reach Test
Functional Reach Test Interpretation and Rehabilitation Considerations
Unilateral Stance Test
Unilateral Stance Test I

Upon completion of the course, a certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational credit will be awarded. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in DC, NY, IL, NC, CA, TX. Approved for PTs and PTAs in AR. Have applied for approval in KY, MD, NV, WV, and OK. course meets the guidelines for approval in CT, ID, IO, KS, ME, MA, NH, NE, SC, SD. This Course is Accepted for CEUs in: AK, AL, AR, DE, GA, HA, IN, MI, MT, ND, OR, PA, RI, UT, VT, VA, WI, WY, WA.

Please verify with your state board any rules/regulations regarding the counting of home study hours.

If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call at 877 794 7328.

Nonfinancial Disclosure: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.

Your Instructor

Dr. Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS, GTCCS, MSG, MPA, PhD, FSOAE, FAPTA, CTR, TRC and Linda McAllister, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, CEEAA, CEAGN,

Cost: $295.00 - 20 contact hours

Accessing Course Materials/Handouts:
Your course materials will be sent via USPS to the address you provide on your registration form. You should receive the materials within two weeks of your order. If you do not receive them or have any problems, please call the office at 877-794-7328

Course Format: Home Study

Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant.

Instructional Level:Intermediate

Criteria for Completion:

The test is taken after the home study test is completed. A score over 70% on the test more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.