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Paper: Guidelines for Recognizing and Providing Care for: Victims of Elder Abuse
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Author(s): Cathy Ciolek, PT, GCSS


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0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must pass the online posttest with a score of 70% or greater to successfully complete this course.
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Basic to Intermediate
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Home Study Course- Paperbased course content from APTA and Cathy Ciolek. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, with their frequent contact with elderly patients and their families, are in a critical position to identify and intervene in situations of abuse. APTA's guidelines give you needed background on the issue and the role that physical therapists have in identifying, treating and advocating for elderly adults who are abused. You can also earn .2 CEU when you take and submit the related exam in the back of the booklet.

Cover:Soft Cover Booket; Pages: 49; ISBN: 1-931369-39-8, 2007


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | Course Completion Requirements |

Practitioners who treat patients who may be victims of elder abuse or neglect will find this guide extremely valuable. It includes not only information and instructions on how to help your patients, but also reproducible documentation forms and patient resources. The opportunity to earn continuing education credits is also included.


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At the conclusion of the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Implement routines screening to identify elders who are or have been victims of elder abuse.
  • Validate the experience of victimization and of its physical, emotional, and mental effects to the patient.
  • Document the patient's history of elder abuse, observed trauma, and referrals.
  • Refer to resources within the health care setting and/or to community resources based on the patient's current or previous experiences of elder abuse or potential to be abused.

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Presenter(s) Bios
  Cathy Ciolek, PT, GCS, has been a certified geriatric specialist since 1996. She is a member of APTA's Geriatric Section as well as a mentor through APTA's Members Mentoring Program. Cathy Ciolek has worked in most areas of geriatrics including home health, acute care outpatient, sub-acute rehabilitation and currently in skilled nursing facilities.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: Denied
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 1 DA

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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Course Completion Requirements

You will receive a soft cover booklet in the mail, which contains all the required reading in order to complete this course for CEU credit. After you've completed all lessons, you will return to your My Courses page on the APTA Learning Center Web site on the APTA Learning Center Web site to take the online posttest and print your CEU certificate. You must pass the online posttest with a score of 70% or greater to successfully complete this course.

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