The Medically Complex Geriatric Patient:
Assessment, examination and rehabilitation interventions
An interdisciplinary approach to gaining strength, flexibility and function in the inactive and medically complex elderly.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26 –Sunday, Oct. 27
PRESENTER: Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, PhD, MS
Target Audience: geriatric nursing staff, case managers, social workers, and other professionals working with the elderly.
13.5 hours for live course attendance, 1 hour for post test completion
ADD 2 hours pre-course reading rounded up per IACET standard.
The focus of this course will be an interdisciplinary approach to gaining strength, flexibility and function in the inactive and medically complex elderly. An evidence-based strategy is presented for assessing anatomic, physiologic and functional changes associated with aging and pathologies that result in infirmity, changes in postural control, and balance and falls in the elderly. Practice in integrating evaluative information in medically complicated patients toward a comprehensive intervention program will follow the APTA guidelines of care. Recent research in strength and flexibility training using hands-on and video-guided exercise protocols will be presented. The complications of multi- and poly-pharmacy, poor nutrition and consequences of dehydration will be discussed. The use of complementary therapies in improving function will be offered with
substantiating research provided to establish efficacy. Rehabilitation for medically complex older adults will include discussions relevant to all care settings including acute care, sub-acute, nursing home, outpatient, assisted living, home, senior and community centers, and fitness facilities. Clinical decision making stratagem is presented for therapeutic involvement in the rehabilitation therapies across this spectrum of care.
Exercise strategies for preventing falls, improving balance and enhancing functional independence are reviewed, demonstrated and practiced. Each participant is asked to bring a write-up of a difficult case study for evaluation, discussion and clinical decision making in small groups. Current legislative initiatives involving health maintenance and promotion will be covered. Preventive interventions and screening for problems to prevent disability, falls and identify risk factors leading to
frailty is provided via practical tools for the implementation and ongoing reassessment of the elderly client.
To register contact: Michelle Sanders, PT
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