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How Strong is Your Patient's Exercise Program? Part 2

presented by Ellen R. Strunk

Accreditation Check:

Are you still using manual muscle testing as the only measure of muscle performance for your older adult patients? Are you still using endurance and number of minutes as the only measure of aerobic capacity for your older adult patients? This course will provide you with evidence-based strategies to strengthen your plan of care to address muscle performance and cardiovascular performance impairments in older adults. Emphasis will be placed on functional measures to guide both the design of, the progression of and the documentation of skilled therapeutic exercise programs and aerobic exercise programs for older adults.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, has worked in various roles and settings as both a clinician and manager/director: hospital, transitional care, Director of Rehab for a hospital home health agency, Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings. Presently, Ellen is the owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post-acute care settings. For the past seven years, she has specialized in helping clients understand and navigate the CMS regulations for post-acute care settings, as well as how to prepare for the transition to a value-based system. Ellen is passionate about delivering medically necessary therapy services in these settings and lectures nationally on the topics of pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, exercise and wellness for older adults, the importance of functional outcomes, and coding/billing/documentation for therapy services. Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she has served on a Payment Policy Strategy Committee advising the APTA Board of Directors on payment policy in all settings. She is a member of the APTA Section on Geriatrics, the APTA Home Health Section, and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves on a state level as the President of the Alabama Physical Therapy Association and as its Practice & Reimbursement Chair. She is a member of the American Health Care Association, where over the last three years she has been a part of a therapy workgroup to develop a national quality measure for rehabilitation.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Urgency in Addressing Effective Exercise Prescription

    1. Urgency in Addressing Effective Exercise Prescription

    The older adult is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. The healthcare costs of the aging population are a topic of much debate and concern. Medicare spending is at record levels yet health care quality is questionable. This chapter will address why efficacy of exercise interventions must be considered.

  2. Measuring Muscle Strength

    2. Measuring Muscle Strength

    This chapter reviews the standardized tests that can be used as alternatives to traditional manual muscle testing. Chair Rise Test, Timed Stair Climb, Arm Curl, Supine Hip Extension, Heel Rise and Toe Tap tests are reviewed.

  3. Differentiating Functional Tests of Cardiovascular Performance

    3. Differentiating Functional Tests of Cardiovascular Performance

    This chapter reviews the standardized tests that can be used as alternatives to subjective measures of endurance. The Six Minute Walk Test and Two Minute Step Tests are reviewed.

  4. Exercise Prescription Part 1

    4. Exercise Prescription Part 1

    This chapter is part 1 of 2 and reviews the final three elements of a comprehensive exercise prescription: Duration of Exercise, Frequency of Exercise, and Progression of Exercise

  5. Exercise Prescription Part 2

    5. Exercise Prescription Part 2

    This chapter is part 2 of 2 and reviews the final three elements of a comprehensive exercise prescription: Duration of Exercise, Frequency of Exercise, and Progression of Exercise