Innovations In Geriatric Care Virtual Conference CEU Courses for OTs

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Innovations in Geriatric Care: Sleep and the Challenge of Aging (Day 5)
Presented by Teresa Fair-Field, OTD, OTR/L
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Course: #3968Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Do we accept that disrupted sleep is 'normal' in the elderly? While it is widely accepted that elderly residents have trouble sleeping, what is understood about the nature of those sleep difficulties? Is disrupted sleep the cause or the effect of cognitive decline? of heart disease? of challenging behaviors? This course will discuss specific sleep challenges in the elderly as well as appropriate staff responses and treatment options. Specific discussion on sleep culture in our residential environments, and how can we improve our environments for sleep promotion.

Innovations in Geriatric Care: Evidence-Based Interventions for Falls (Day 4)
Presented by Holly Hester, PT, DPT, CHC
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Course: #3967Level: Intermediate1 Hour
As the population ages, health care providers, including occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants, must employ effective methods of fall risk assessment, prevention, and management to prevent the serious injuries, decreased mobility, and loss of independence caused by falls. This session will discuss evidence-based interventions for falls, emphasizing the role of occupational therapy in the interdisciplinary management of falls in both the institutional and community settings.

Innovations in Geriatric Care: Multisensory Environments; A Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Managing Behaviors in Clients with Dementia (Day 3)
Presented by Jennifer Lape, OTD, OTR/L
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Course: #3966Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will explore the use of multisensory environments to decrease negative behaviors in geriatric clients with dementia. Attendees will gain knowledge regarding current research, creation of a multisensory environment, program development, and how to document patient outcomes.

Innovations in Geriatric Care: Human Trafficking; Identification and Prevention (Day 2)
Presented by Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L
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Course: #3965Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Human trafficking is a widespread form of slavery that exists today, even within the United States. Victims of human trafficking come in all sexes, genders, nationalities, and ethnicities. This course will explore the nature and scope of human trafficking in the United States. Participants will learn about the dynamics of control in human trafficking, impact on victims, how to identify and report human trafficking, and efforts to combat human trafficking through education, advocacy, and legislation.

Innovations in Geriatric Care: Trauma-Informed Care; What It Is and Why It's Important (Day 1)
Presented by Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L
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Course: #3964Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Life trauma can lead to lifestyle practices that influence development of chronic illness. Understanding past traumatic events in individuals' lives can be key to effective care. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with a history of life trauma that recognizes trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma plays in their lives. This session explores how trauma-informed care can be used by clinicians with individuals who have experienced pervasive adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This session provides suggestions for using the five guiding principles of trauma-informed care: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, as the best clinical practice.