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Geriatrics

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  2. 2.  Percentage of PTA’s working in the setting  Salary range  Diagnoses  Treatments  Equipment  Education  Recognition  APTA Specialty Section web site 2
  3. 3.  Is healthcare of the elderly. › It is to promote health and to prevent and treat diseases and disabilities in older adults. › There is no set age. › Determined by problems that geriatrics focus on. 3
  4. 4.  Long Term Care › The provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. › The care may be provided in environments ranging from institutions to private homes. 4
  5. 5.  Skilled Nursing Facility › It is an establishment that houses chronically ill, usually elderly patients, and provides long- term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services. 5
  6. 6.  16.2% of PTA’s work in the Geriatrics-LTC- SNF specialty. › This makes Geriatrics the second highest setting to where PTA’s work. 6
  7. 7.  Hourly rate range: › $18.51 - $24.99  Factors that will affect salary: › State to which you are employed › Years of experience › Type of facility 7
  8. 8.  Common Conditions in Geriatrics: › Arthritis › Osteoporosis › Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke) › Cancer › Parkinson's Disease › Urinary and Fecal Incontinence › Amputations › Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases › Dementias › Alzheimer's Disease › Coordination and Balance Disorders › Functional Limitations related to mobility › Sports/Orthopedic Injuries › Joint Replacements › Hip Fractures 8
  9. 9. › Increase, restore or maintain range of motion, physical strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance › Recommend adaptations to make the home accessible and safe › Teach positioning, transfers, and walking skills; promote maximum function and independence within an individual's capability › Increase overall fitness through exercise programs › Prevent further decline in functional abilities through education, energy conservation techniques, joint protection, and use of assistive devices to promote independence › Improve sensation, joint proprioception › Reduce pain 9
  10. 10.  Some equipment to use with elderly: › Theraband › 12 inch ball › 32-38 inch ball › Mat table › Floor mat › Stairs › Ramp › Gait belt › Home exercise program 10
  11. 11.  Effects of aging on: › Joints and ligaments › Central Nervous System › Cardiac considerations  Balance and Falls  Loss, Grief, and Adjustment 11
  12. 12.  Work together on evaluation of patient: › Geriatrician › Nurse › Social worker › Nutritionist › Physical therapist › Occupational therapist › Consultant pharmacist › Geropsychiatrist 12
  13. 13.  Recognition of Advanced Proficiency › Current member of APTA › Five years of work experience › At least 60 contact hours of continuing education within the last five years. › Letter of reference for above-average job performance. › Involvement in at least three activities to demonstrate leadership to the community 13
  14. 14.  Benefits for being selected for the Proficiency Award: 1. Increased confidence in the provision of patient care. 2. External recognition from APTA. 3. Reinforcement of life-long learning. 4. Distinction that assists with career advancement 14
  15. 15.  http://www.geriatricspt.org  Offers: › Education Information › Research › Publications › Practice › News › Updates 15
  16. 16.  The Geriatric-LTC-SNF setting deals with many diagnosis's and treatments.  There are many different types of equipment that can be used for therapy, you just have to use the ones that will benefit your patient the best.  Continuing Education will help you provide the best quality of care and strength training to your patients.  Being able to work well with the Geriatric team will help benefit the patient to the fullest. 16
  17. 17.  www.apta.org  www.geriatricspt.org  www.americangeriatrics.org  http://community.advanceweb.com 17

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