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Best Practice in Home Health Physical Therapy from Evaluation to Discharge Planning
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Best Practice in Home Health Physical Therapy from Evaluation to Discharge Planning

10/1/2019 to 10/15/2019
When: Tuesdays October 1, 8, 15, 2019
Where: Lifesprk
5320 W 23rd St Suite #130
Saint Louis Park, MN  55416
United States
Contact: Janna Schneider

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Instructors: Jessica Berglund, PT, DPT and Sarah Quinlan, PT, DPT

CEUs: 2 contact hours per session; 6 contact hours total

Course Description

Skilled home health physical therapy is a unique, rewarding, and challenging practice setting. As with all other practice settings, evidence based practice, high quality of care, and an excellent patient experience are expected from all therapists. This course series will highlight the current best practices of skilled physical therapy services when provided in the home including evidence based practice for evaluation, skilled treatment, and discharge planning. The first course in the series will review the physical therapy evaluation with use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model designed by the World Health Organization and approved for use by the World Health Association since 2001. Included in the first course will be analysis of appropriate use of objective measures to assess, identify and develop a patient/client centered and goal directed plan of care. Time will be spent reviewing objective measures for aerobic capacity, balance, vestibular/CNS systems, cognition, gait, posture, participation/environmental aspects, and emotional aspects. The second course in the series will explore the latest research and evidence based practice for frequently used skilled interventions including strength, balance, and gait training. Finally, the third course will address comprehensive discharge planning as well as identifying referrals for needs outside of the PT scope of practice including referral partners to assist patients in addressing health promoting behaviors for prevention of disease and disability.

This course is presented in three parts. The full series will prepare physical therapy professionals with a full cycle of care for the home health model. You may register for one, two or all three (at a discount).

Session 1: Evaluation (PT/SPT appropriate)

- The goal for the first session in this three part series will be to focus on the role of the Physical Therapy in home health as a case manager, consultant, educator, researcher, and administrator. The ICF model will be introduced to assist in structure and identification/acknowledgement of the whole person/patient. Finally this session will address the reliability, validity, detectable change, normative values and cut off scores for 13 objective measures to assess 10 major body functions.

Learning Objective:
- Select, perform, and analyze the appropriate objective measures to use during a physical therapy evaluation for the geriatric home health patient. 

Session 2: Skilled Interventions (PT/SPT, PTA/SPTA appropriate)

- The goal for the second session in this three part series will be to focus on identifying interventions for in regards to the 10 major body functions/ systems, including: strength, balance (including dizziness and central nervous system and vestibular education), gait, energy conservation (progression vs compensation techniques). The evidence behind presented interventions will be discussed. We will also be discussing what every Home Health PT should have in their car as it applies to interventions.

Learning objective:
- Acknowledge, select and implement appropriate interventions based on objective assessments from physical therapy evaluation that can be utilized in the home health setting.

Session 3: Discussing discharge planning, community resources, referrals to progress past the home (PT/SPT, PTA/SPTA appropriate)

- Comprehensive discharge planning will be discussed as it pertains throughout the episode of care including discussing the interprofessional team and appropriate referrals throughout to support the patient/whole person as well as referrals needed after home health services are complete, circling back and reintroducing the ICF model, community access, and reinforcing PT role as also risk prevention and reduction and goal to reduce re-hospitalization.

Learning objectives:
- Develop a comprehensive discharge plan addressing impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, personal and environmental factors. 
- Identify appropriate community resources and referral partners for comprehensive plan of care and discharge planning.

Registration Information

Who should attend this course: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Students

Registration Prices:
   PT Member   PTA Member   Student Member   PT Non-Member/
Other Professionals
 PTA Nonmember   Student Nonmember 
 One class  $50 $45 $35 $55 $50 $40
 All three classes   $125  $110 $90   $135  $120  $100

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded. 

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any questions at:
651-635-0902 or

Speaker Biographies

Jessica Berglund graduated from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science and with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association at both the state and national levels as the Chair of the MNPTA Health and Wellness Committee and Chair of the APTA’s Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness in Physical Therapy. She is also actively involved in the American College of Sports Medicine, working to help bridge the gap between healthcare and health through the Exercise Is Medicine Initiative. Jessica works as a physical therapist and a member of the Growth Team at Lifesprk, an innovative company providing proven whole-person senior care. Jessica is married and lives in Eden Prairie, MN where she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and playing recreational sports, running, cooking, and spending time outside. 

Sarah Quinlan PT, DPT is a full time physical therapist practicing in home health in Minneapolis/St. Paul and the greater south/south-west metro area at Lifesprk. She previously worked in acute care at a Level III and Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center hospital, specializing in Phase I Cardiac Rehab, acute lymphedema cares, vestibular evaluation and intervention, and working with patient populations suffering acute stroke or other neurologic episode onsets. She graduated from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN with an Applied Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science in 2014 and with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. She is a member of the APTA, MNAPTA, and a member of the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Geriatrics, Home Health, and Research sections.

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