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Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy Protocols for the Geriatric Population: An Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic

 
$5,600.00 - $7,600.00
UPC:
GE801
Location:
Your facility
Dates:
Your choice
Credits:
16.0 hours
Instructor:
PT
Course:
GE801 (Intermediate)
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ABOUT THIS 2 DAY LAB- INTENSIVE SEMINAR


 

16 hr. training module packed into 2 days. Includes ~8 hrs in-water training, 2+ hrs land labs, and tons of evidence. Let’s face it. The population is aging so it’s nice to know you’ve got a powerful solution to the weight of the world… water. Attend a class designed to examine the most common disorders seen in geriatric rehab settings – total hip and knee replacements, arthritis, osteoporosis, dependence in gait, Parkinson's, CVA, progressive neurological disorders, cardiopulmonary disorders, and more.

 

This class will focus exclusively on the geriatric population and participants will examine recent research which supports aquatic therapy for this population. Even better? You’ll get in the water for over 8 hours to practice your new protocols and progressions. On Monday morning, be prepared to make a compelling argument for incorporating aquatic therapy across the geriatric spectrum – from injured elderly to the neurologically impaired, non-ambulatory client.

 


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

1.   Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle on land, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient is fearful of falls; (d) the patient has ataxia, incoordination or proprioceptive deficits; (e) the patient cannot tolerate upright positioning; (f) the patient has respiratory complications; (g) the patient has post-surgical pain and edema (lecture)

 

2.   Given aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the geriatric population, generate a clinic-specific "starter list" of precautions for use in practice (lecture).

 

3. Demonstrate, review and critique (in a group format) 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the geriatric client):

o    Aquatic adaptations of the Berg

o    Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs)

o    Aquatic manual therapy and stretching

o    Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI)

o    Functional skills training

o    Progressive resistive exercise

o    Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)

o    Trunk stabilization/Core training

o    Unpredictable Command Technique

o    Watsu (lecture and lab).

 

4.   Given certain aquatic protocols from the geriatric scientific literature, analyze and assess these protocols for usability in the clinical setting (lecture).

 

5.   Integrate aquatic interventions appropriately into existing land-based therapy protocols (lecture).

 

6.   Given case studies as examples, develop and implement simple aquatic home programs for home-bound or institution-dwelling patients that incorporate the patient’s family or caregiver (land lab).

 

7.  Locate online resources, analyze for quality, then use the best resources to help synthesize additional progressions for the geriatric population (lecture).

 

8.  Progress a specific aquatic task (such as a protocol) from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab).

 

9.  Provided with multiple options, choose appropriate manual therapy techniques and incorporate these into practice session to promote healing, increase function, and improve patient satisfaction in the geriatric populations (lab).

 

10.  With a partner, design and execute a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

·         Arthritis and s/p joint replacement

·         Osteoporosis/ posture dysfunction

·         COPD

·         CVA

·         Parkinson's disease

·         Balance and proprioceptive dysfunction (lab)

 

11.   Demonstrate, review and critique (with partner) 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

·         Increase ROM

·         Minimize contractures

·         Normalize tone

·         Improve motor planning

·         Improve sensory feedback loops

·         Enhance reaction time

·         Create alternative cognitive pathways for functional task engrams

·         Decrease pain

·         Improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception

·         Improve strength

·         Improve respiratory function

·         Improve cardiac efficiency during exercise

·         Decrease dependence on caregivers (lab).

 

 


TARGET AUDIENCE

 

This course is  primarily for  professionals  with at least 500 hours performing aquatic therapy or those who have completed the Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp class. Those  likely  to  benefit  most are:  PTAs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATCs who are at the intermediate level of skill acquisition and/or those who are at a higher level of skill, but who are looking for additional treatment ideas for the Geriatric population. This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Geriatric Track.

 


SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Day 1

8-9:30 Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle on land, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient is fearful of falls; (d) the patient has ataxia, incoordination or proprioceptive deficits; (e) the patient cannot tolerate upright positioning; (f) the patient has respiratory complications; (g) the patient has post-surgical pain and edema (lecture and land lab)

 

9:30-10:15  Given aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the geriatric population, generate a clinic-specific "starter list" of precautions for use in practice (lecture and land lab).

 

10:15-12:00 Review and critique (in a group format) 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the geriatric client):

o    Aquatic adaptations of the Berg

o    Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs)

o    Aquatic manual therapy and stretching

o    Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI)

o    Functional skills training (lecture)

o    Aquatic adaptations of the Berg

o    Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs)

o    Aquatic manual therapy and stretching

o    Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI)

o    Functional skills training (lecture and land lab)

 

12:00-1:00 Lunch, change for pool

 

1:00-3:15 Demonstrate, review and critique (with a partner) 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the geriatric client):

o    Aquatic adaptations of the Berg

o    Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs)

o    Aquatic manual therapy and stretching

o    Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI)

o    Functional skills training (lecture)

o    Aquatic adaptations of the Berg

o    Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs)

o    Aquatic manual therapy and stretching

o    Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI)

     o    Functional skills training (lab)

 

3:15-3:30  Informal discussion/energy break

 

3:30-5:15  Demonstrate, review and critique (with partner) 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

  • Increase ROM
  • Minimize contractures
  • Normalize tone
  • Improve motor planning
  • Improve sensory feedback loops
  • Enhance reaction time
  • Create alternative cognitive pathways for functional task engrams
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • Improve strength
  •  Improve respiratory function
  • Improve cardiac efficiency during exercise
  • Decrease dependence on caregivers (lab).

 

Day 2

8-10:00 Given case studies as examples, develop and implement simple aquatic home programs for home-bound or institution-dwelling patients that incorporate the patient’s family or caregiver (land lab).

 

 

10:00-12:00 Given certain aquatic protocols from the geriatric scientific literature, analyze and assess these protocols for usability in the clinical setting. Locate online resources, analyze for quality, then use the best resources to help synthesize additional progressions for the geriatric population (lecture and land lab).

 

12:00-1:00  Lunch, change for pool

 

1:00-3:15  Progress a specific aquatic task (such as a protocol) from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab).  Provided with multiple options, choose appropriate manual therapy techniques and incorporate these into practice session to promote healing, increase function, and improve patient satisfaction in the geriatric populations (lab). 

 

3:15-3:30  Informal discussion/energy break

 

3:30-5:15  With a partner, design and execute a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis and s/p joint replacement
  • Osteoporosis/ posture dysfunction
  • COPD
  • CVA
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Balance and proprioceptive dysfunction (lab)

 


ABOUT ATU TRAINING

  • Our classes are taught by board-certified therapists and physicians with Masters degrees and above who have extensive aquatic experience. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to get you started with your aquatic therapy career.
  • Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to tactilly apply what you have learned. Classes are capped at 25-30 students to insure all attendees receive the one-on-one personalized attention we are known for.
  • ATU classes take place in warm-water pools that are 90-93 degrees F.
  • Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with a class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get a free 1-year membership to Aquatic Resources Network's online research, support forums and equipment discounts.

ATU CREDENTIALING

This is a 800 series class (teaches Advanced skills). This class is an elective class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Geriatric Track.

 

MARS Rebate

Short for Marketing, Advertising and Registration Service, this add-on is designed to help you preserve valuable resources and defray training costs when you open up your polyclinics to outside therapists. Going "open" allows you to transfer your registration worries to us as we employ our extensive online web presence to find you new attendees. Why? Because each new registrant we bring in earns you a $300 rebate, up to $2400 max. In other words, if we find 8 outside attendees, you get your class for half-price!


ATU Inside℠ Staff Certification

Sign up for this value-packed add-on and we will provide you with two ATU Inside℠ window decals and a year's supply of customized marketing brochures for display in your lobby for. We also will mail up to 25 brochures to any referring physicians or clinics in your area to that you specify. Let the world know that your therapists have been trained by the best!


CEU Pre-Approval Service

Don't have the time or staff to fill out the myriad forms required by your state licensing board? Let our continuing-education experts handle all the paperwork headaches. We will apply for CEU pre-approvals and pay any fees required by your state PT and OT and SLP agencies for you so your therapists can concentrate on their clients.


Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp DVD Pre-Study Module

We will send you one DVD of our time-tested Aqautic Therapy Boot Camp, good for 4.0 credit hours. Facilities choose this add-on to allow their staff to prepare in advance without the need for pool downtime. Take this module at your leisure during lunches or take-home sessions. Comes with enough manuals for your entire staff.


Pre-Conference Site Survey

Is your pool under-utilized? Patient census down? Insurers slow to pay? We can help with that! Just sign up for our day-long Site Survey Add-On and our consultants will tour your facility, browse your policies and procedures and review your marketing materials. We will then recommend best-practice improvements to your staffing, training, programming and billing functions to help turn your operations around and become profitable again. Visit typically scheduled the day before polyclinic, but can be after. Price is $2000 for one-day visit and consult, $1000 for 1/2 day. Add-On includes 2-hr question-and-answer forum and a bound Site Survey Report.

While ATU strives to present as small a footprint as possible to our valued customers, there is still a number of responsibilities we ask our facilities to fulfill . Here are some of those tasks:


Minimum Equipment List

A minimum equipment list is to be provided by the host facility. This is the pool equipment needed by the instructor to teach the polyclinic. This is to be either in possession or purchased by the start of class. ATU will provide the facility with the required MEL within 4 weeks of class as well as make a good faith effort to keep this list to the minimum needed for your staff to practice and treat patients with after we leave.


Catering

As host, you are free to administer your polyclinic as you see fit. While some facilities provide lunches and energy breaks to their staff during in-services, others release their staff to get lunch on their own. Either way you decide, please remember to treat all your attendees as you would your own staff. 


Pool Temperature

Water temperature should be kept as close to 91-93 degrees as possible to maximize attention span and minimize hypothermia during our 3-4 hour-long lab sessions. The air temp should also be kept within 10 degrees of the water temp. While we will hold the polyclinic no matter the temperature, you may want to consider holding the class at another pool in your area if your site cannot accommodate this range.


Facilitator

A point-of-contact is needed who is familiar with your facility and able to help coordinate and pre-plan the polyclinic with  ATU staff and instructor. This person will need to provide equipment lists, campus maps, directions, pool layouts and floor diagrams, as needed. Also, the facilitator should be available all days of the polyclinic to help set up the classroom, ready equipment for the labs, meet and orient the instructror, open up the facility and arrange for catering.

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