Demonstrate patient progress with measurable,
Changes in mobility and functional activities due to musculoskeletal and
connective tissue degeneration, chronic pain, poor nutrition, and
cardiopulmonary diseases are quite common in the geriatric population.
Therapists must be equipped to effectively assess and treat this population.
Additionally, there is increasing emphasis on the need for improved clinical
documentation, as skilled documentation of therapy services and objective data
is critical for reimbursement.
Functional tests can aid in the justification of and continued need for skilled
therapy services. Learn to perform evidence-based validated tests and determine
which tests are appropriate for certain patient populations. This course will
improve your patient documentation and enable you to show patient progress with
objective functional testing. Key areas of documentation will be included. Group
activities will be used to improve skills for writing patient-centered goals and
documenting skilled treatment interventions. A majority of course time is spent
participating in labs and interactive group activities to aid in translating the
information into everyday practice.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Discover functional tests you can apply to
everyday practice immediately through labs and interactive activities
• Perform evidence-based, validated tests such as: Functional Reach, 2 Minute
Step Test, Four Square Step Test, Timed Chair Stand Tests, and Berg Balance
• Determine which tests are appropriate for certain patient populations and
provide measureable, objective data
• Demonstrate ability to perform functional testing for geriatric clients
• Identify which functional tests might be useful for specific patient diagnosis
• Discuss how patient test scores can be used to document patient progress and
identify need for continued skilled therapy
• Develop and write objective patient-specific goals based on functional testing
• Identify ways to improve daily documentation skills
• Discuss the value of functional training
What You Should Bring
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring the following items:
• Timer or stop watch
• Tape measure
ANDREA PERREA, PT, MPT, DHS, GCS, CSCS, is
a licensed physical therapist with over 16 years of experience in outpatient
therapy, specializing in geriatrics. Dr. Perrea recently finished her doctorate
degree in Health Science with emphasis areas in education and geriatrics. She is
a Certified Geriatric Specialist through the American Physical Therapy
Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the
National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Perrea has taught over 100
continuing education courses since 2000. She currently works for Visiting Nurse
Association in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a member of the American Physical
Therapy Association, the APTA Geriatrics Section, and the National Strength and
The presentation has changed my view on how I
should document for current insurance standards. I have incorporated many of the
quick, quantitative, and easily administered functional tests into my everyday
Felicity Ruth-Crabtree BS, MS, OTR/L Kansas City, MO
I was able to put these skills and functional tests into my practice
immediately. The speaker is knowledgeable and dynamic and the material is
invaluable. I could not recommend this class more highly!
Katherine Zeiger, PT Kansas City, MO
This course was very helpful in both functional testing and being able to
document clear and concise goals for each patient. I can now identify how to do
each specific test, what each test identifies, and how to apply the results to
get specific goals for each patient. Shelly Rippen, PT Kansas City, MO
I not only learned valuable information but had fun. The class was interactive
and it held my attention along with giving me useful information about
standardized tests for the geriatric population regarding balance, endurance,
strengthening, and ambulation.
Kathy Sherrow, OTR Kansas City, Missouri
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Physical Therapists
• Physical Therapist Assistants
• Occupational Therapists
• Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Rehabilitation Nurses
Cross Country Education, LLC is accredited as a
provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.
This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures
by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 2: Occupational Therapy
Process, 3: Professional Issues.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
This program has been approved for 6 continuing education credits by the
District of Columbia Board of Physical Therapy for Physical Therapists.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required
by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
This program has been submitted to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy
Examiners for pre-approval of 6 continuing education hours.
This program has been submitted for 6 continuing education credits to the New
Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and
Physical Therapy Assistants.
Cross Country Education is seeking Direct Access approval from the Pennsylvania
State Board of Physical Therapy.
This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
for 6 Continuing Education hours (Approval #CCE-F12-43). Approval of this course
does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the
views of the presenter or sponsor.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM