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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual” Second Edition by Timothy L. Kauffman, PhD, PT, John O. Barr, PhD, PT, and Michael Moran PT, DPT, ScD © 2007, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This text presents step-by-step guidance on the evaluation and treatment of geriatric diseases and disorders.  With detailed evaluation of the incidence of disorders, diagnostic tests, associated diagnoses, and clinical implications for mobility and rehabilitation techniques.

You can expect throughout the course an overview of the effects of aging on all body systems, special geriatric considerations for laboratory assessment, thermoregulation, and pharmacology, as well as an overview of geriatric care and the review of system as they relate to aging.  Detailed discussion of the complexity of aging, pathology and healthcare, aging pathokinesiology directed at specific clinical conditions are also included in this course. 
This second edition includes topics pertaining to musculoskeletal involvement, neuromuscular and neurological involvement, neoplasms, cardiopulmonary diseases and blood vessel, circulatory and skin disorders.  Aging and pathological sensorium is discussed as it relates to vision, hearing and communication.  Legal and ethical considerations are also addressed.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 540 pages has been carefully broken down by chapters into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 4 Therapeutic Intervention Techniques, Social and Government Implications, and the Rehabilitation Team

Chapter 68:  Conservative Interventions for Pain Control
Chapter 69:  Gait Training
Chapter 70:  Orthotics
Chapter 71:  Prosthetics
Chapter 72:  Complementary Therapies for the Aging Patient
Chapter 73:  Aquatic Therapy
Chapter 74:  Legal Considerations
Chapter 75:  Ethics
Chapter 76:  Physical Therapy and the Generational Conflict
Chapter 77:  Medicare
Chapter 78:  The End of Life
Chapter 79:  Caregivers:  The Sustaining Force
Chapter 80:  Interdisciplinary Geriatric Assessment
Chapter 81:  Gerontological and Geriatric Nursing
Chapter 82:  Geriatric Occupational Therapy
Chapter 83:  Geriatric Physical Therapy
Chapter 84:  Providing Social Services to the Older Client

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Therapeutic Intervention Techniques, Social and Government Implications, and the Rehabilitation Team in Geriatric Rehabilitation.

Professional Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss conservative interventions for pain control for the elderly patient
  2. List the adverse effects of orthotic use.
  3. Identify massage as an appropriate therapy for pain intervention.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
  5. Discuss gait training and assessment.
  6. Differentiate between normal and pathological gait in the elderly.
  7. Explain considerations for prescribing assistive devices for gait.
  8. Define orthosis.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge in spinal orthotic systems.
  10. Differentiate between cervical-thoracic orthoses, Thoracolumbosacral orthoses and lumbosacral orthoses.
  11. Discuss the evaluation process for the amputee patient.
  12. Identify the levels of Medicare’s Lower Limb Prosthetics Medical Review Policy (LLPMRP).
  13. Demonstrate knowledge in the appropriate selection of prosthetic feet and prosthetic knees for the elderly amputee patient.
  14. Explain complementary therapies for the aging patient.
  15. List the manual therapies.
  16. Differentiate between mind/body interventions, movement awareness techniques, traditional Chinese medicine and bioelectromagnetics.
  17. Discuss the effectiveness of aquatic therapies.
  18. Identify the appropriate water temperature for a therapeutic pool.
  19. Discuss legal considerations when treating the geriatric population.
  20. Identify the Patient Self-Determination Act.
  21. List the federal statutes that serve primarily to protect the employment of the older workers.
  22. Discuss ethics and morality when treating elderly patients.
  23. List secondary ethical duties inherent in healthcare.
  24. Differentiate between the legal mechanisms of guardianship and power of attorney.
  25. Identify the many forms of abuse of the elderly.
  26. Discuss the criteria for Medicare reimbursement.
  27. Define palliation.
  28. Discuss hospice.
  29. Identify the roles and responsibility of a caregiver.
  30. List the stages of caregiving as defined by Pfeiffer.
  31. List possible indications for geriatric physical therapy referral.