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Creating Functional Home Programs in Adult Rehab

presented by Sarah Baar

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Financial: Sarah Baar receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She is the owner of Honeycomb Speech Therapy, LLC which sells therapy materials for-profit. Nonfinancial: Sarah Baar has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

Person-centered care is emphasized as a best practice in general health care as well as in speech pathology. This course looks at applying a person-centered, functional approach to the final part of the clinical process: the home program (or homework). Mass practice is needed for new skills and strategies to be implemented in one’s daily life, in addition to interesting, relevant stimuli. However, many times home programs are assigned that do not relate to everyday life (workbook sheets, card games, etc). This section will explain the importance of using home programs to practice and carry over skills in real environments. Several ideas of personally relevant home programs will be discussed for both language and cognitive goals. This course will use evidence and practical ideas across the continuum to give the SLP simple tools and ways to implement a functional, person-centered approach for the home program piece of treating adult neurogenic disorders, including language and cognitive home program ideas.

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Sarah Baar, MA, CCC-SLP

Sarah is a speech-language pathologist working in Grand Rapids, MI. She’s had the opportunity to work in many settings across the continuum, including acute care, acute rehab, home and community, and outpatient therapy, as well as being involved in various leadership projects. In 2016, she started the Honeycomb Speech Therapy website and blog as a…

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1. The Current Status of Home Programs

This chapter identifies current tools, and patient reactions to traditional speech therapy home programs. The discrepancy between this approach and person-centered care will be introduced. We will look at what the evidence says for why we assign home programs and what components those home programs should include.

2. Person-Centered Care as a Solution

This chapter introduces person-centered care as a definition and describes the evidence for using this type of approach. A model workflow for using a person-centered approach in a home program will be discussed.

3. Tools for a Person-Centered Home Program

An SLP may desire to provide more functional, person-centered home programs yet be unsure about how to begin. In this chapter, simple tools will be shared that can be used to set up measurable, functional homework.

4. Case Study: Two Approaches

This chapter includes a video that compares and contrasts a patient’s home program with both a medical model and a person-centered model.

5. Reimagining Home Programs With a Person-Centered Approach

How can we use our knowledge about person-centered care to create a more meaningful and effective home program? This chapter includes includes ideas for functional home programs across the continuum. Examples from acute care, home health, subacute rehab, and outpatient therapy are included. These examples will be contrasted with a traditional medical model approach.

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Video Runtime: 72 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

Person-centered care is newly emphasized as a best practice, in general health care as well as speech pathology. However, this approach contrasts significantly with the previously emphasized medical model and impairment-based testing and goals. Assessment and goal setting are fundamental steps in shaping a therapist’s treatment for a highly meaningful and person-centered approach. This course uses best practices, evidence, and practical ideas to describe a person-centered assessment model and functional goal-writing frameworks for the adult neurogenic population, with practical examples from speech-language pathology across settings, from acute care to home health to outpatient therapy.

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