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Alora Intro2

  1. 1. By: Alora Campbell PTA 100-Introduction to Physical Therapy Assisting Practice Setting Presentations 1
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  4. 4. Sex- Mainly females but there has been a fluctuation in the male workers since 1999. Race/Ethnic Origin-2008 was the first yr. race was taken a look at Age- the mean age has gone up since 1999 to 2008 Years in Profession- more people are working in the profession for a longer period of time (years) My Setting- the percent of PTA’s in Geriatrics has gone down from 1999 which was 7.2 then in 2006 it was 4.8 and then in 2008 it jumped back up to 5.1 4
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  6. 6. 17 to 23 dollars an hour The majority of PTA’s make between 25,000 to 45,000 but the biggest % of PTA’s make 30 to 35 thousand. The next highest % is making 35 to 40 thousand. And the smallest % of PTA’s are making 70 to 80 thousand. 6
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  8. 8. Geriatrics is best described as the branch of medicine that focuses on health of elderly patients. It's focus is to prevent and treat disease and disability, as well as promote general health of seniors. There is no specific age at which a patient is prescribed geriatric treatments, as this is generally determined by the patients profile, and the symptoms that the patient suffers from. Some of the most common treatments are for immobility, incontinence and degradation of memory. 8
  9. 9. Some main problems that the patients or geriatrics runs into is 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 9
  10. 10. Things we can done by PT’s or PTA’s are: 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 10
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  12. 12. GSC or Geriatrics specialist training The specialist certification program was established in 1978 by the American Physical Therapy Association. The purpose of the program is to identify physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge and experience. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) coordinates and oversees the specialist certification process. Advanced clinical Practice Description-Geriatric serves as the basis for the specialist certification exams and is a valuable aid in determining your readiness for specialist certification 12
  13. 13. www.americangeriatrics.org www.apta.org www.thegeriatricpatient.com 13

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