Endless Pools hydrotherapy pools for aquatics rehabilitation
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Water-Based Interventions for the Geriatric Therapist

$0.00 - $5,995.00
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16.0 hours
GE701 (Beginning)
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A 16 hour in-service packed into 2 days. Designed to rapidly introduce clinicians to novel treatment ideas for the geriatric patient. Will focus exclusively on diagnoses commonly seen in the elderly, such as THR, TKR, fracture, osteoporosis, arthritis, CVA, Parkinson's and other gait and balance deficits. Includes a “sampler lab” of the most clinically useful elements of popular aquatic specialty techniques and research findings which support aquatic therapy. Provides an introduction to the following techniques as relates to the geriatric population: Watsu®, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, Ai Chi, Task Type Training Approach, aquatic adaptations of the Berg (for balance), Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI) and drills loosely based on the Halliwick Method.


  1. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient has a contraindication to weight bearing (lecture).
  2. Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the geriatric patient (lecture).
  3. Locate what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the geriatric patient (lecture).
  4. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a geriatric patient. Be able to identify and locate supportive research to bolster case (lecture).
  5. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to: increase bone density
    improve strength
    minimize contractures
    decrease pain
    improve trunk stability
    improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
    improve functional skills (lab)
  6. Demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the geriatric client): Ai Chi; Aquatic adaptations of the Berg; Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs); Aquatic manual therapy and stretching; Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI); Functional skills training; Progressive resistive exercise; Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); Trunk stabilization/ Core training; Unpredictable Command Technique (lab)
  7. Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab)
  8. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:

    s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation

    s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR, THR)


    CVA’s and other non-progressive neurological disorders

    Parkinson’s and other progressive neuromotor disorders

    COPD and other respiratory disorders

    S/p cardiac event or disorder

Typical Schedule
Though our classes are designed to fit your schedule, lectures will preceed pool labs. If you opt for the DVD lecture, the remaining seven hours of pool lab would be held on a single day at your facility. These labs could be contiguous or broken up into morning, noon and evening sessions to minimize your pool down-time.



Day 1
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:40 Pool lab

3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-5:45 Pool lab



Day 2
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:40 Pool lab

3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-5:45 Pool lab
5:45-6:00 Wrap-up and questions

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.


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.


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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