Often, residents refuse to participate in therapy programs, not because they do not want to regain functional mobility, but more so due to boredom, lack of ability to see their own progress, or thinking the task is a non-relevant activity. Straight leg raises, short arch quad exercises, bridging, Nu-step, Digiflex, arm bikes, and thera-putty have their traditional role in therapy programs, however, these activities can be quickly perceived as monotonous, which results in increased patient refusals.
Assessing the residents neurological, musculoskeletal, cognitive, and communication deficits and then creating non-traditional approaches for interventions and activities that target those deficits can not only improve the residents’ participation, but will also reduce boredom for both the therapist and the patient.
In this session, Elisa Bovee will enable Healthcare Providers to provide quality Healthcare through an understanding of behavior management techniques. Physical and Occupational Therapists that work in the Skilled Nursing Home setting are some of the most talented therapists in the field. The satisfaction and the frustrations they have from treating patients comes from the same root fact that their patients are frail, elderly, medically complex, and often times cognitively impaired. This makes the patients’ progress a challenge that can be both joyful when overcome and frustrating when impeded. Many times the patient is their own worst enemy.
Managing the medical complexities of patients with cognitive and behavior issues require an interdisciplinary approach to care. Elisa will talk about strategies and hands-on examples of management techniques for practical application in the SNF setting to ensure that the patients receive medically necessary Rehabilitation and Nursing Service.
Therapy involvement can positively impact adverse behaviors exhibited by patients. It is important to identify possible reasons, causes and contributing factors to the patient’s behaviors. For example, a patient experiencing discomfort may act agitated or combative due to inability to communicate pain. It is within therapy’s realm to address pain related to positioning, joint stiffness, and seating comfort.
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Who should attend: All members of the Interdisciplinary team including Rehabilitation Professionals, Nursing Management, Nursing Staff, Direct Care Providers
- Toni G. Cesta
Elisa Bovee, MS, OTR/L, is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Harmony Healthcare International, a nationally recognized, premier Healthcare Consulting firm specializing in C.A.R.E. (Compliance, Audits and Analysis, Reimbursement and Regulations, Education and Efficiency). In her role, Elisa manages a diversified team of HealthCARE Specialists who have extensive knowledge in the areas of Corporate Compliance, MDS 3.0, RUG-IV, Documentation, Therapy Program development and state-specific Medicaid Case Mix. Elisa...
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