ExpiredWorking with the COVID-19 Patient in Home Health: What do OTs and PTs need to know?

  • April 7, 2021
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Date: April 7, 2021

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm


This webinar was approved by The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours.
Train YOUR WHOLE agency for $169.00 or $49 per person. CEU certificates will be provided for each person participating. Recording will be available through Dec 31, 2021.

On April 7, presenter Ernie Roy with review the epidemiology of COVID-19 and statistics, incidence, mortality, and cost attributed to care of these patients. Participants will learn how to design appropriate adaptions for therapy.

6. Course Objectives

  • Be able to help their patients better understand how the COVID-19 virus invades the body.
  • Be able to describe effects of prolonged loss of mobility, as may be seen in patients coming out of the ICU after COVID-19
  • Be able to describe effects of COVID 19 on important organ systems, such as cardiopulmonary, neurological, and digestive system functions
  • Understand special considerations for patients with co-morbidities, such as COPD, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • Be able to use the knowledge from the above objectives to design safe and effective rehabilitation programs to aid their COVID-19 patients recovery

Course Outline

  1. Statistics, Incidence, Mortality, and cost.
    • We will begin with an updated review of the most recent available data pertaining to the US/NH for total number of cases since the start of the pandemic, trends of the numbers, recovery and mortality rates and age distribution of cases
  2. Review of COVID-19 epidemiology:
    • This entails a review of the pathogenesis of coronaviruses including COVID-19, Transmission factors, and typical stages of the disease in humans
  3. Common complications on organ systems:
    • The webinar describes how organ systems are affected by COVID-19, with focus on the
      • respiratory
      • Cardiovascular
      • GI
      • hepatic
      • musculoskeletal
      • and neurological systems
  1. Considerations for various patient groups:
    • The impact of COVID -19 on patient populations such as
      • Diabetics,
      • elderly,
      • obese
    • Challenges posed by those suffering from extended symptoms ie, “Long COVID”
  2. Designing appropriate adaptions for therapy:
    • Discussion of what research evidence is available to inform specific criteria for OT/PT clinicians in terms of
      • practical testing/assessment tools
      • design of safe and effective rehabilitation programs.
    • Home exercise planning-frequency, intensity, volume.

Presenter: Ernest Roy, PT, DPT, is the Home Care Therapy Team Leader for Pemi-Baker Community Health, in Plymouth, NH. He is a certified Chronic Care Management Trainer and has been certified as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ernie has extensive experience in a variety of roles, including Acute Care, Outpatient, Home Health and Industrial Rehabilitation. He has been in practice as a Physical Therapists for 30 years.

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University.
  • BS in Physical Therapy from the University of New England.
  • BA in Sociology from Bates College.
  • Over 30 years of clinical and leadership experience.
  • Numerous areas of special clinical interest including home health, orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation, functional capacity evaluation, and strength training.
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