Geriatric Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

presented by Carole B. Lewis & Danielle Keyser

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This course is a capstone course, which introduces the diverse roles of physical and occupational therapy in geriatric rehabilitation. The course is divided into three core chapters that focus on a myriad of topics ranging from the identification of responsibilities within occupational therapy, to observing the relationship between physical and occupational therapists in care. Join occupational therapist Danielle Keyser as she highlights the foundation and philosophical basis of OT, and reminds occupational therapy practitioners of the importance of embracing effective utilization of standardized tests, as well as evidence-based treatment techniques. Keyser also highlights the tools of the therapy trade that inspire creativity for the OT clinician by providing concrete examples of how everyday, inexpensive items can be integrated into the therapy toolbox for increased patient function. The course includes a dialogue between Keyser and renowned physical therapist Dr. Carole Lewis demonstrating their unique roles and therapy perspectives on the profession, and how their individual disciplines approach the case study patients. This course is a forerunner to the Putting the ‘FUN’ in Functional case study courses. Please be sure to watch:
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional:Regaining Balance, Mobility, and Strength
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional:Pain Management, Environmental Safety, and Balance
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Dizziness, Mobility, and Transfers
Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: IADLs, Mobility, and Car Transfers

Meet Your Instructors

  • Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, MPA, MSG, PhD, FAPTA

    Dr. Lewis has worked in home health, long-term care, acute hospitals, rehabilitation departments and outpatient clinics. She started a private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1983 and continues to work as a clinician. Dr. Lewis received her two Master’s degrees in Health Care Management and Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She also received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Health Education. She currently serves on the Medical Faculty at George Washington University as a full adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics and is the Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lewis has extensive publications in the field of aging. Her articles have been published in The Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Management, Geriatrics, Geritopics, and Senior Patient. She is also editor of the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Issue of Scientific Journal. In addition to her articles and journals, Dr. Lewis has written numerous textbooks on aging such as: Aging: Health Care’s Challenge: Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, now in its fourth edition, Geriatric Clinical Strategies, Geriatric Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, The Geriatric Exercise Kit, The Functional Toolbox I & II, The Balance Book and Osteoporosis Exercise Book, the Prevention and Wellness Toolbox, and the Orthopedic Outcome Toolbox as well as Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults and Improving Mobility in Older Persons. She also co-authored a book for the lay public with Dr. Marilynn Moffat entitled Age-Defying Fitness published in August 2006 by Peachtree Publishers. Her accomplishments include receiving the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award and The Section on Geriatrics highest honor, the Joan Mills Award & the Section on Geriatrics’ Clinical Excellence Award. She is also a Catherine Worthington Fellow for the APTA. She was chosen as one of the ten Outstanding Young Women in America. She has served the profession by volunteering for many local and national offices and served as the president of both the DC chapter and the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Lewis has lectured extensively. She has spoken in over 48 states. Her international lectures include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Canada, China and Israel. She combines her diverse education and extensive clinical background to provide medically substantiated and usable information for today’s practicing clinician.

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  • Danielle Keyser, MS, LOTR, GTC

    Danielle Keyser MS, LOTR, GTC is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Louisiana State University (1998), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001). She is a Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of Louisiana, a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and Vice President of the Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association. As LOTA Vice President, Danielle has arranged continuing education opportunities and annual State Conferences to bring the latest research and evidence based educational opportunities to therapists in Louisiana. Danielle has worked in the field of Geriatrics for 13 years, with an emphasis on Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health Care. Danielle has dedicated her career to geriatrics, serving the roles of treating therapist, Mentor, and currently Director of Education for The Therapy Center. As Director of Education, Danielle travels the state to assist therapists with challenging patients, training of new therapists, and in-house educational opportunities. Her focus areas include extensive knowledge of Medicare PPS and RUG Utilization, caseload development, creating individualized treatment approaches, facility training and education of nursing home staff, and application of evidence based treatment techniques. Danielle was awarded her Geriatric Training Certification in January 2014, an educational path that consisted of advanced clinical geriatric training, evidenced based evaluation and treatment strategies, and culminating in intensive testing protocols.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Roles of PT/OT in Geriatric Rehabilitation

    1. The Roles of PT/OT in Geriatric Rehabilitation

    In this chapter, participants will learn to verbalize the tenets that support the vision and framework of occupational therapy, understand how thorough evidence-based literature and practice principles (in this case principles for Alzheimer’s Disease) can be derived to guide the delivery of OT treatment, and become versed in five tests and measures that can be used in an OT evaluation.

  2. Literature Review

    2. Literature Review

    Literature has proven to be an effective tool for guiding therapy strategies across many disciplines. Occupational therapist Danielle Keyser teaches participants how physical therapy intervention can enhance the rehabilitation program of each case study participant by providing the tools to analyze the occupational therapy treatment delivery of each case, and recognizing how the use of occupation based tasks improve function. Participants should seek to analyze the occupational therapy treatment delivery of each case study participant, and recognize how the use of objective tests and measures would be able to prove the efficacy of OT treatment.

  3. Assessing Some Tools of the Trade

    3. Assessing Some Tools of the Trade

    Join Danielle Keyser as she encourages clinicians’ creativity to use everyday items to improve function and independence. Keyser provides resources for inexpensive adaptive equipment, and emphasizes how affordable patient rehabilitation approaches can be.