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.”