Full Course Description
2-Day: Fall Prevention Specialist Certificate Course: Fall-proof Your Patients with Today's Best Practices
- Integrate the latest advances in fall prevention and the most current changes form the CDC into your practice.
- Employ comprehensive assessments to identify issues with balance, visual-spatial functioning, proprioception and other root causes of fall risk.
- Assess available interventions so you can choose the appropriate ones for safely restoring balance, mobility and function in patients with varying root causes of fall risk.
- Integrate multiple approaches and exercise programs for better outcomes with fallers and patients at high-risk of falling.
- Determine the safest landing strategies that your patients can employ to reduce the impact of falls.
- Develop home exercise programs for patients so they can build strength and coordination.
- Utilize tips to recognize abnormal gait patterns in fallers.
- Employ ideas and plans that will protect older adults, patients using oxygen, and others at high-risk of falling from injury.
- Evaluate parameters for safely intensifying rehab with patients who fall.
- Apply best practices for educating and engaging non-compliant patients to reduce their risk of falling.
- Investigate evidence-based fall prevention programs that can be used in your facility.
- Evaluate home-based risk factors that contribute to falls and determine how these risk factors can be mitigated.
HOT TOPICS AND INNOVATIONS IN FALL PREVENTION
HANDS-ON LAB: PREDICT AND PREVENT FALLS WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT
- What fall prevention will look like in 1, 5, and 10 years
HANDS-ON LAB: EXPAND YOUR REHAB TOOLBOX FOR FALL PREVENTION AND POST-FALL REHAB
- Practice today’s best evaluations for:
- Visual-spatial function
- Sensory-motor integration
- Vestibular function
- Gait and mobility
- Age-related degeneration
- Home safety
- Pharmacological side effects
HAND-ON LAB: INTEGRATE MULTIPLE APPROACHES FOR BETTER OUTCOMES
- Practice effective techniques you can use immediately to:
- Restore balance, mobility, and function
- Minimize fall impact and injury
- Treat dizziness and vertigo
- Improve multitasking, coordination, and gait
- Resolve vision problems that contribute to falls
- Boost cognition, memory, and focus
- Reduce environmental fall risks
HANDS-ON LAB: DESIGN ROBUST, INNOVATIVE PLANS OF CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS
- Practice combining:
- Balance and gait training
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Gaze stabilization
- Multitasking interventions
- Musculoskeletal soft tissue techniques
- Graded motor imagery
- Home exercise programming
- Environmental modification
- Safety reminders
- Orthotics and gait devices
- Clinical applications of neuroplasticity
- Practice developing treatment strategies for high risk patients with specific impairments, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Age-related changes
KEYS TO SUCCESSFULLY TREATING NONCOMPLIANT PATIENTS AND ENLISTING FAMILY SUPPORT
ARE YOU LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE?
CASE STUDIES: PUT KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE
- Coding and billing updates for fall prevention and post-fall rehab
- Justify rehab with the right progress measures and documentation
- Avoid denials and audits with these tips
- Case study 1: Evaluate a client’s home for extrinsic risk factors
- Case study 2: Apply advanced balance training and multi-tasking techniques
- Case study 3: Integrate visual testing and gaze stabilization
- Case study 4: Navigate pharmacological side effects and comorbidities
- Case study 5: Overcome barriers to effective strategy implementation
DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR YOUR FACILITY
BECOME YOUR REGION’S GO-TO FALL PREVENTION SPECIALIST
- The insider’s guide to specialization and professional networking
- Build referrals faster: effectively market your fall prevention program
Gait Strategies: How the Determinants of Gait Impact Function, Mobility & Safety
- Evaluate the 6 Determinants of gait and how they impact the phases of gait and reduce energy expenditure during gait.
- Investigate current evidence justifying the utilization of the 6 determinants of gait in the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate activities, exercises, and treatment strategies to improve each of the 6 determinants of gait.
History of gait study and development
Energy Expenditure vs. conservation
Metabolic cost of transport
What the “phases of gait” neglect
Why people don’t fall during “gait”
Research justifying each determinant of gait
- Ab Ball Press
- Pelvic Teeter Totter
Lateral Pelvic Tilt
Knee Flexion at Midstance
- Soleus stretch
Pelvic Rotation/Hip Flexion
- Seated Rotation
- Iliopsoa stretch
Reciprocal Arm Swing
Empower Clients with Mobility Impairments: Using Technology to Improve Quality of Life
- Determine the role of the health care provider in procuring assistive technology
- Distinguish the pros and cons of both power and manual wheelchairs
- Assess at least 3 different applications of Bluetooth technology in improving independence in power wheelchair users
- Introduction to assistive technology
- Provide definitions and examples of assistive technology pertaining to wheelchair users (both simple add-on devices such as luggage carriers or cup holders, to complex such as a power-assist device or alternative power wheelchair controls)
- Provide guidelines for equipment ordering process, including guidelines for insurance coverage based on the device and the patient’s diagnosis
- Discuss alternative funding sources or community organizations that can help with access to assistive technology options
- Define wheelchair classifications, manual and power
- Discuss modifications necessary within a person’s home and transportation to accommodate manual versus power wheelchairs
- Provide overview of power assist options for manual wheelchair users – a hybrid between power and manual
- Provide outline of new power wheelchair features that utilize Bluetooth technology
- Present and discuss case study for practical application of specific devices for a power wheelchair user
- Questions & answers