This is an elective course in the Advanced Competency in Home Health program.
However,it is also a stand-alone course and you are not required to participate in the Advanced Competency program in order to
complete this course.
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Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants practicing in the home health setting commonly encounter patients with cognitive
impairment either as a primary or secondary diagnosis. This course provides a comprehensive overview of depression, delirium, and dementia,
with an emphasis on differentiating among these cognitive impairments. Ms. Childers also provides evidence-based physical therapy interventions
for these patients for improved outcomes.
Meet our course author:
Christine Childers, PT, MS, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, received her bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from
the University of East Anglia, England. In 1998 she moved, with her husband then serving in the USAF, to Utah where she became licensed to
practice in the US. During their 8 years in SLC, Utah Chris practiced in the skilled nursing arena and in 2005 she gained her MS in
Gerontology from the University of Utah the same year she became a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist. In 2006 she moved to
California, again working in the skilled nursing arena until she transitioned into the academic setting in 2012, working as an assistant
professor for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Teaching full-time she maintains her clinical skills through home health
visits. Chris recently completed a four-year term serving on the Geriatric specialty council of the American Board of Physical Therapy
Specialist and continues her relationship with them as a content expert for the specialty examination. She is currently working on her
PhD in Health Psychology from Walden University and has completed the certificate of Advanced Competency in Home Health.