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

  • December 31, 2021
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Recorded: April 7, 2021, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar was approved by The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours.

Presenter Ernie Roy reviewed 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.



Venue Website:

Find the webinar recording here: https://homecarenh.org/home-care-pt-series-with-ernie-roy/

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