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A Home Health Approach to Traditional Rehabilitation: Functional Strategies for Treating Cognitive Disorders

Cognitive disorders often accompany traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders. The cluster of deficits can interfere with activities of daily living, goal attainment, and safety. Due to the nature of cognitive disorders, it can also interfere with progress in physician ordered therapy to improve functional skills of daily living and safety.
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Faculty:
Kimberly R. Wilson
Duration:
5 Hours 46 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jan 08, 2015

Description

Cognitive disorders often accompany traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders. The cluster of deficits can interfere with activities of daily living, goal attainment, and safety. Due to the nature of cognitive disorders, it can also interfere with progress in physician ordered therapy to improve functional skills of daily living and safety.

The decreasing inability to attend to, process, or recall information, and difficulty problem solving while executing a task can result in increased frustration and decreased quality of life for those with cognitive impairments. The families of these patients often have increased anxiety related to their loved one's safety in independent living, and feel helpless in aiding their loved ones in boosting cognitive success in daily life. Accurate assessment and diagnosis coupled with an individualized treatment plan is crucial to improving a patient's safety and quality of life.

In this recording, clinicians will learn how to create a patient-centered environment that facilitates increased practicality in assessing and treating cognitive disorders. In addition to providing an overview of the characteristics of cognitive impairments, clinicians will learn functional ways to track client progress and to facilitate increased generalization of techniques from the clinical setting to the patient's home setting. Lastly, clinicians will take away practical tips on how to educate and incorporate the patient's family in therapy for continued cognitive success long after discharge from formal cognitive rehabilitation.

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Outline

THE HOME HEALTH MODEL

  • Definitions
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Clientele
    • Elderly
    • Sufferers of debilitating physical or mental illness
    • Military service members
  • Differences from traditional therapy

COGNITIVE DEFICITS

  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Types of deficits
  • Differentiations between cognition and executive functio

CREATING A PATIENT-CENTERED ENVIRONMENT

  • Assessment
    • Standardized evaluations
      • Traditional
      • Computer-based
    • Clinical observation
      • Key elements to survey
      • Home evaluation
  • Diagnosis
    • Severity
      • Critically thinking about the results of assessment and clinical observation
    • Impacting factors
      • Medication
      • Pain
      • Family dynamics
      • Mental or behavioral health issues
  • Treatment
    • Patient-centered goals for the clinician and patient
    • Strategies
      • Home modification
      • Home Cognitive Exercise Program
    • High level therapy models
      • Return to work or school
      • Hobby-based

EDUCATION

  • Patient
  • Family or support system
  • Staff

CASE STUDIES

  • Rehearse application of the principles of patient-centered care
    • Stroke
    • Dementia
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Practice all phases of patient-centered care
    • Assessment/diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Discharge

Faculty

Kimberly R. Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Related seminars and products: 1


Kimberly R. Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 11 years of experience. Dr. Wilson works for Bionic Sciences, Inc. and is the owner of her own practice, ReConnect, LLC. She has worked with adult and pediatric populations in a variety of settings including clinical and home health.

Dr. Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Winthrop University, her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from University of South Alabama, and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University. The primary emphasis of her doctoral studies was neurocognitive-neurolinguistic disorders of communication, while the secondary emphasis was in dysphagia and motor speech impairments.

She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the Dysphagia Research Society. Dr. Wilson is active in the research community with collaborations across disciplines and institutions nationwide. Her experience and passion make her a skilled and knowledgeable instructor.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kimberly Wilson maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kimberly Wilson is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the International Neuropsychological Society; and the Dysphagia Research Society.