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Successful Rehab for Today’s Older Adults: Functional Assessment and Intervention for the Geriatric Client

Susan Blair
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Aging successfully is one of the most important goals for today’s older adults. For rehabilitation therapists, this can be rewarding and challenging with endless functional possibilities but limited clinical resources. This creative one-day course presents fresh, exciting information to help older adults achieve their functional goals. Aging is not a prerequisite for becoming frail and chronic health conditions do not have to limit an older person’s ability to age in place successfully.

Can you relate...An elderly client of mine had old worn rugs in her sunroom, which I identified as a significant fall risk. I placed the old rugs in her garage, so her family could dispose of them properly. I used double sided rug tape to secure the new, safer rugs securely to the floor. A week later, her son telephoned me to let me know that his mother had retrieved the old rugs and placed them on top of her new ones to protect the new rugs from becoming dirty!

Older adults value possessions, their home, and their independence. Understanding and respecting choice and developing client-centered goals are critical skill for therapists working in any clinical setting. Join Susan Blair, one of only two occupational therapists who is dually credited by the AOTA Board in physical rehabilitation and in gerontology, as she presents her unique approach to creating an optimal therapeutic environment with today’s geriatric clients.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours. 

Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.3 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Nursing Home Administrators

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.0 clock hours and 6.0 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 continuing education credits.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

California Physical Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This course will qualify for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

MEDS-PDN, powered by PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This course qualifies for 6.0 CE Credit Hours. 

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course qualifies for 7.6 contact hours. 

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.25 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 6.0 hours of live continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists

Approved for 7.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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SUSAN BLAIR, OTR/L, BCPR, BCG, has practiced as an occupational therapist for 32 years in a variety of settings, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and skilled nursing/assisted living facilities. She is the system float OT for Novant Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. In this role, her astute ability to problem solve quickly for a wide variety of geriatric rehab challenges is put to the test. Susan has recognition for her expertise and maintains AOTA Board Certification in both physical rehabilitation and gerontology. She is a requested national level presenter, published author and has collaborated on clinical research with academic OT programs.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Blair has an employment relationship with Novant Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Blair is a member of the AOTA Board Certification Review Committee.


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Additional Resources

To order the cards, Fundamental Sequences for the Medical Setting, please visit our product store.

To order the cards, Right or Wrong for Rehabilitation Safety?, please visit our product store.

To order the book, Treating Chronic Pain, please visit our product store.

Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review. 

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Contrast utilization of rehabilitation services for older people.
  2. Select cost effective geriatric assessment tools applicable to older adults in rehabilitation settings.
  3. Choose successful therapeutic interventions to provide geriatric patients with meaningful and purposeful activities.
  4. Explain understanding of geriatric comorbidities such as diabetes, COPD, CHF, and depression and their implications for developing frailty.
  5. Select effective outcome measures appropriate for geriatric clients.
  6. Formulate education resources using patient centered goals with geriatric clients.



  • Evidence-based practice
  • Ethical considerations for the role of therapy with older adults
  • Emerging clinical practice settings


  • Techniques to distinguish frailty in vulnerable older adults
  • The current recognized criteria for frailty
  • Interventions to reduce frailty
  • Realistic goals when failure to thrive is present


  • Develop client-centered performance goals
  • How to incorporate effective interactions with older adults
  • Learn appropriate techniques for communication with older adults
  • Strategies to address the challenges of low vision and hearing deficits


  • ADL assessment
  • Depression scale
  • Frail scale
  • Cognitive evaluations
  • Sustained activity assessment


  • Tips to recognize symptoms in the older adult
  • Strategies to minimize the impact of depression on functional outcomes
  • What is the therapist’s responsibility in depression intervention?


  • Fall risk assessment Intervention algorithm
  • Educational resources


  • Tools for assessment of medication management skills
  • Teaching older adults about medication safety
  • Medication management device resource


  • The four barriers to independence: Low vision, accessibility, mobility and cognition
  • Physical activity for the older adult is function
  • 135 functional activities to do inside a home
  • How important is memory and reminiscing?
  • Digging in the dirt: Therapeutic gardening Man’s best friend: Pet therapy
  • When driving is in question?
  • Community resource creation

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nursing Home Administrator



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