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    Geriatrics Geriatrics Presentation Transcript

    • Geriatrics
      Long Term Care & Skilled Nursing Facilities
      Mariah Rogers
    • Objectives
      How many PTA’s work in this setting
      Salary range in this setting
      Types of diagnoses patients have in this setting
      What treatments are preformed in this setting
      What could a PTA do to further their education in this setting
    • Roughly 18% of PTA’s work in this setting nationally/regionally.
    • What might be a salary range in the setting for a PTA?
      $50,000
    • Geriatric Physical Therapy Patients
      Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis
      Osteoporosis
      Cancer
      Bladder and Bowel Incontinence
      Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases
      Stroke
      Senile Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease
      Parkinson's Disease
      Coordination and Balance Disorders
      Mobility-related Functional Limitations
      Orthopedic Injuries
      Joint Replacements
      Hip Fractures
      Amputations
    • Walking and balance exercises, strengthening exercises, stretching
      exercises, hand weights, massage
      treatments, learning how to use a cane
      or walker, water therapy, exercises to
      reduce pain
    • Become an APTA member and join the geriatrics section
      or
      Attend a 12 month program that focuses on geriatric physical therapy
      or
      Simply educate yourself with some books specifically on Geriatric PT
    • facts
      Geriatric physical therapy is a specific area of physical therapy that is rapidly growing.
      The Section on Geriatric physical therapy was formed in the year of 1978 to focus on bettering therapy for the aging population.
    • More Facts
      “Currently, 37% of physical therapy practice involves elderly people, and almost 50% of the physical therapists who treat older adults (age 65 and older) practice in nursing homes.”
      “Many nursing home residents receive physical therapy in order to achieve, restore, or maintain the best possible physical well-being.  One study that looked at the benefits of physical therapy for nursing home residents revealed that physical therapy was frequently used to the benefit of most residents.”
      “Many physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs have made efforts to incorporate geriatrics into existing curricula. However, barriers to the expansion of geriatric clinical internships exist because of lack of funding, lack of qualified faculty, and lack of student interest. It seems obvious that schools need to make additional efforts to improve their geriatric programs because of the growing demand.” 
    • Resources
      www.apta.org
      http://www.articledoctor.com/physical-therapy/geriatric-physical-therapy-1234
      http://www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com/whistleblower-qui-tam-claims/physical-therapy-for-the-elderly-a-necessity-or-just-a-waste-of-time/