presented by Krista Covell-Pierson
Why is OT important in home health? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Improving the quality and affordability of care received by Americans is… a core pillar of the Affordable Care Act. The Administration is working to ensure that Americans receive better care; that we spend our health care dollars more wisely; and that we have healthier communities, a healthier economy, and ultimately, a healthier country.” Occupational therapy facilitates these aims within home health teams and communities. This course will provide OT practitioners education to provide quality, ethical evaluations and treatments within a home health context.
Krista Covell-Pierson, OTR/L, BCB-PMD, owns an innovative private practice, Covell Care and Rehabilitation, which aims to help adult and older-adult clients become safer, more independent and engaged in the home and community through a unique and one-of-a-kind model. Krista developed this model from the ground up, and it allows clients to access OT, PT, SLP, geriatric care management, senior fitness instructors and massage therapy in their home and community settings. Krista is an expert in issues related to aging adults and has extensive experience working in the home setting and helping clients reintegrate into the community. Having graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Social Work and Occupational Therapy, she is also board certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction. She works with students around the nation and internationally and was honored by Colorado State University as the Fieldwork Educator of the Year in 2013. The Coloradoan newspaper named Krista as one of their SuperWomen of the Year in 2015 for her contributions to the communities of Northern Colorado. Krista serves as the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado’s president and has been a speaker at the Colorado State Conference on Incontinence and Pelvic Health. She speaks regularly at community events, at local senior centers, at health fairs and for professional organizations. In addition to her deep passion of working with her clients, Krista finds equal satisfaction in helping therapists develop their own private practices, cultivate their passions and thrive in their careers.
This chapter provides an overview of the Person-Environment-Occupation model and evidence-based practices. Also covered is how to effectively manage scheduling clients and integrate telephone communication with them. The role of the dynamic between the client and caregiver will be discussed.
This chapter provides instruction on daily notes in home health, explains reassessments, and reviews discharge planning.
This chapter reviews secure ways to communicate electronically, the value of joint visits and coordinating with aides. Therapists will understand how to enhance team meetings and case conferences. The importance of knowing the role of the RN in home health and communicating with them is also covered.
This chapter differentiates what a COTA's role is in home health versus an OTR. The value of a COTA and OTR working together is highlighted with communication tips included.
This chapter includes a Q&A session with a home health expert to expand on topics discussed throughout the course.