Disciplines: Physical Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anne Ahlman, MPT
Item#: Q3439
1 Course Book (30 pages)

Geriatrics: Home Health Care and the Rehabilitation Professional

Price $29.95
Item # Q3439
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

The need for home health care is on the rise due to the aging of the American population advances in medical technology that allows health care delivery in the home and changing hospital discharge practices. This course describes the differences between skilled and support home health care services and which health professionals might be involved in delivering skilled home health care services. The criteria that determine Medicare eligibility for home health care services are defined. This intermediate-level course explains the roles of the physical therapist and the occupational therapist in the management of a home health care patient.

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Course Objectives
  • Identify factors contributing to the need for geriatric home health care. 
  • Differentiate between skilled and support home health care services. 
  • Identify which health professionals might be involved in delivering skilled home health care services. 
  • Define the criteria that determine Medicare eligibility for home health care services. 
  • Identify important environmental factors that may reduce the risk of falls. 
  • Describe the role of the rehabilitation professional. 
  • Define skilled rehabilitation therapy.
  • Describe the initial evaluation and safety assessment.
  • List several rehabilitation challenges.
Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a Bachelors of Science degree in 1983 from University of CA, Davis and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco in 1992. She is a practicing CA licensed physical therapist in Mountain View, CA and previously served as director of Rehabilitation and Lead Physical Therapist at Idylwood Convelescent Hospital in Sunnyvale, CA. As a clinical instructor, she has taught and trained first-year PT students. She is an AHA registered therapist in classic Hippotherapy; she has given numerous presentations on on that topic and in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and vestibular dysfunction. She is a past member of the California chapter of the APTA and published her master thesis in 1992 on “Effectiveness of Vestibular Exercise Therapy” under her maiden name of Westgate with a grant from the California Chapter of the APTA. She has written numerous articles, served as physical therapy editor for the journal Today in PT and is published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Anne Ahlman has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.