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Geriatric Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

presented by Danielle Keyser and Carole B. Lewis

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course is a capstone course, which introduces the diverse roles of physical and occupational therapy in geriatric rehabilitation. The course is divided into three core chapters that focus on a myriad of topics ranging from the identification of responsibilities within occupational therapy, to observing the relationship between physical and occupational therapists in care. Join occupational therapist Danielle Keyser as she highlights the foundation and philosophical basis of OT, and reminds occupational therapy practitioners of the importance of embracing effective utilization of standardized tests, as well as evidence-based treatment techniques. Keyser also highlights the tools of the therapy trade that inspire creativity for the OT clinician by providing concrete examples of how everyday, inexpensive items can be integrated into the therapy toolbox for increased patient function. The course includes a dialogue between Keyser and renowned physical therapist Dr. Carole Lewis demonstrating their unique roles and therapy perspectives on the profession, and how their individual disciplines approach the case study patients. This course is a forerunner to the Putting the ‘FUN’ in Functional case study courses. Please be sure to watch:
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional:Regaining Balance, Mobility, and Strength
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional:Pain Management, Environmental Safety, and Balance
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Dizziness, Mobility, and Transfers
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: IADLs, Mobility, and Car Transfers

Meet Your Instructors

Danielle Keyser, MS, LOTR, GTC

Danielle Keyser MS, LOTR, GTC is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Louisiana State University (1998), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001). She is a Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of Louisiana, a member…

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Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, MPA, MSG, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Lewis has worked in home health, long-term care, acute hospitals, rehabilitation departments and outpatient clinics. She started a private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1983 and continues to work as a clinician. Dr. Lewis received her two Master’s degrees in Health Care Management and Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She also received…

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1. The Roles of PT/OT in Geriatric Rehabilitation

In this chapter, participants will learn to verbalize the tenets that support the vision and framework of occupational therapy, understand how thorough evidence-based literature and practice principles (in this case principles for Alzheimer’s Disease) can be derived to guide the delivery of OT treatment, and become versed in five tests and measures that can be used in an OT evaluation.

2. Literature Review

Literature has proven to be an effective tool for guiding therapy strategies across many disciplines. Occupational therapist Danielle Keyser teaches participants how physical therapy intervention can enhance the rehabilitation program of each case study participant by providing the tools to analyze the occupational therapy treatment delivery of each case, and recognizing how the use of occupation based tasks improve function. Participants should seek to analyze the occupational therapy treatment delivery of each case study participant, and recognize how the use of objective tests and measures would be able to prove the efficacy of OT treatment.

3. Assessing Some Tools of the Trade

Join Danielle Keyser as she encourages clinicians’ creativity to use everyday items to improve function and independence. Keyser provides resources for inexpensive adaptive equipment, and emphasizes how affordable patient rehabilitation approaches can be.

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