Home health is one of the fastest growing areas in healthcare today. With the growing concern to contain healthcare costs as well as the fear of the effect of the “Senior Tsunami” over the next 20 years, it is vitally important that we streamline treatment interventions while achieving desired outcomes more quickly. As a physical therapist in the home health setting it is the job of the therapist to improve the patient’s functional outcomes in the shortest timeframe possible while keeping the patient safe from injury or further debilitation. By utilizing a sensory integration approach, therapists can more efficiently address all of the patient’s needs and play a major role in reducing costs and keeping seniors independent longer.
The purpose of this webinar is to assist therapists in identifying functional limitations and risk factors through standardized testing. Then, utilizing test results the therapist will learn how to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that facilitates multiple systems in more concise interventions to achieve the functional outcomes desired. Finally, this course will assist the therapist in documenting their skilled care to assure insurance reimbursement.
At the end of this course the participant will be able to:
- Recognize the patient’s risk factors and be able to compile a problem list which correlates with deficits identified by standardized tests
- Identify standardized tests to develop a multi-system treatment plan to maximize patient function
- Utilize functional limitations and focus their treatment approach on specific deficits contributing to the patient’s disability
- Document in a concise manner by correlating objective measures with functional deficits and functional goals
Prerequisites - None
Instructional Level - Intermediate
Instructor - Theresa Palkovic, PT
Theresa Palkovic is a licensed Physical therapist and owner of Valley Rehab Center, Inc. Theresa has been a physical therapist for over 31 years and has worked in the Home Health arena for over 20 years. Her passion for adult and pediatric rehabilitation developed early in her career when she focused her Advanced Clinical Masters training in the area of Neurodevelopmental Treatment. She is certified in NDT Treatment of the Adult Hemiplegic Patient and the Closed Head Injured Patient and she has completed extensive studies in NDT approach to the pediatric patient. Over the course of her career Theresa has made it a priority to remain up-to-date on the most current and effective treatment interventions and to utilize a holistic approach to patient care. Her training in sensory integration coupled with her many years practicing in both the home health and skilled care setting have provided her a strong background for achieving excellent outcomes through the utilization of a multi-system approach to mitigate disability and improve functional outcomes. Over the past decade Theresa had the opportunity to mentor younger therapists as a manager for multiple skilled facilities and home health agencies. This has heightened her desire to work with individuals to sharpen their skills and implement a more holistic approach to treatment intervention. As an independent practitioner she plans to focus the remainder of her career on this endeavor, both in the clinic and through teaching.
- Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to pass a 10 question post test with a minimum score of 70%.