This course offers valid and necessary tools for the Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists who work with the geriatric population. They may work in a variety of settings, ranging from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home Health, but their knowledge of how to assess, treat and submit documentation for the dementia patient is critical. The treatment itself may be for a variety of functional declines, ranging from swallowing/eating abilities to an understanding of safety or the ability to communicate. But the dementia component has a direct effect on all treatment outcomes. Knowing the facts and being equipped with the right tools is significant to being able to achieve the desired functional outcomes.
The prevalence of Dementia in the healthcare setting will be discussed, to include its influence on other communication and swallowing disorders that are being addressed through skilled intervention.
This course provides an overview of the types of dementia, and also presents the most recent staging levels of dementia, with definitions for descriptive and clinical purposes. This review is significant to serve as a guide for differentiating the needs of the individual patient, as well as to determine the most applicable assessment and treatment for the unique patient’s needs. The focus is then placed on the standardized tests available for the assessment of the dementia patient. These tests are developed specifically for collecting objective and subjective measurements, given the dementia resident’s obstacles. The descriptive components of each test will be shared.
This Seminar-On-Demand is 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: OT/COTA, SLP|
|Instructional Level: Beginner|
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- Understanding the demographics of dementia
- Overview of types and stages of dementia
- Evidence associating co-morbidities with memory-related diseases
- Screening tools
- Arizona Battery for Communication Disorders of Dementia (ABCD)
- Overview of the Mini-Mental state examination
- ABCD Generative Naming Subtest
- The Global Deterioration Scale (GDS)
- Overview of the Brief Cognitive Rating Scale (BCRS)
- Review of the Functional Assessment Staging Scale (FAST)
- Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory (FLCI)
- Review of the St. Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS)
- Overview of the Ross Information Processing-Geriatric (RIPA-G:2)
- Space Retrieval Therapy
- Errorless Learning and Memory Prosthesis
- The Montessori Approach
- Review of Reminiscence Therapy (RT)
- Summarizing treatment approaches
- Reimbursement of therapy
- Know your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)
- Documentation of medical necessity for Code 97532
- Understanding the fine print of the Medical DX
- Tools to educate the caregiver
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is designed to instruct the healthcare professional on necessary tools for working with the geriatric population.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the types and stages of dementia.
- Identify at least three standardized assessments for use with the dementia patient.
- Cite four treatment approaches for the patient with dementia, which are supported by evidence based practice.
- Identify the required coding and protocols for Medicare reimbursement for treatment with the dementia patient.
- Recognize resourceful tools to educate the caregiver.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 4
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists.
Instructional Level: Beginner
Course Type: Seminar-On-Demand
This course is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs (Beginner level, Professional area).
- Financial - Lisa Milliken is the Director of Compliance & Education for Synergy Care and receives a salary. Lisa Milliken received a salary for the presentation of this course from HomeCEUConnection.com.
- Nonfinancial - Lisa Milliken serves as the Louisiana representative to ASHA's State Medicare Administrative Contractor Network.
- No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
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