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Communicating with Geriatric Patients

$36.00 [4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #03-012

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Course Description

Ongoing communication is key to working effectively with your older patient.  This course will introduce skills that are essential in caring for older patients and their families. Paying attention to communication increases the odds of greater health for your patient and satisfaction for you both.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

1.  Summarize how ageism can influence both patients and physicians.

2.  List tips to enhance communication with a patient who has lost some hearing.

3.  Explain considerations when communicating diagnoses and treatment plans for patients with chronic conditions.

4.  Describe how cultural differences have an impact on how patients view doctors and medicine.

5.  Become familiar with communication techniques when working with a confused or cognitively impaired patient.

Course Syllabus/Outline

Considering Health Care Perceptions 0.32 Contact Hours
Understanding Older Patients 0.44 Contact Hours
Obtaining the Medical History 0.40 Contact Hours
Encouraging Wellness 0.28 Contact Hours
Talking About Sensitive Subjects 0.80 Contact Hours
Supporting Patients With Chronic Conditions 0.28 Contact Hours
Breaking Bad News 0.28 Contact Hours
Working With Diverse Older Patients 0.20 Contact Hours
Including Families and Caregivers 0.20 Contact Hours
Talking With Patients About Cognitive Problems 0.52 Contact Hours
Keeping the Door Open 0.28 Contact Hours

Total = 4 Contact hours

Instructional Level:  Basic

AOTA Classification Code: Domain of Occupational Therapy

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Board Approval Status

Occupational Therapist

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Alaska YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Arizona YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Arkansas YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
California YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Colorado YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Connecticut YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Delaware YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
District of Columbia YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Florida YES! Please check with your board to verify if they accept NBCOT (We do not report to CE Broker for OT or COTA)
Georgia YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Hawaii YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Idaho YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Illinois YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Indiana YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Iowa YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Kansas YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Kentucky YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Louisiana YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Maine YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Maryland YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Massachusetts YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Michigan YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Minnesota YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Mississippi YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Missouri YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Montana YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Nebraska YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Nevada YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
New Hampshire YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
New Jersey YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
New Mexico YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
New York YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
North Carolina YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
North Dakota YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Ohio YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Oklahoma YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Oregon YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Pennsylvania YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Rhode Island YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
South Carolina YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
South Dakota YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Tennessee YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Texas YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Utah YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Vermont YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Virginia YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Washington YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
West Virginia YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Wisconsin YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses
Wyoming YES! NBCOT doesn't approve providers - COTA and OTR may take our courses

Physical Therapist

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Effective October 1, 2014, the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy does not pre-approve continuing education providers. It is the licensee’s responsibility to determine if the continuing education activities completed meet the requirements of the board. (http://pt.alabama.gov/conted.aspx)
Alaska YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Arizona We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Arkansas YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
California YES! California Physical Therapy Board
Colorado YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Connecticut YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Delaware We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
District of Columbia We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Florida We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Georgia YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Hawaii YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Idaho YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Illinois YES! Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (License No. 216.000269)
Indiana YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Iowa YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Kansas YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Kentucky YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval for Category 2 continued competency only
Louisiana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Maine YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Maryland YES! Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Massachusetts YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Michigan YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Minnesota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Mississippi YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Missouri YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Montana YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Nebraska YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Nevada We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
New Hampshire YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
New Jersey We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
New Mexico We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
New York YES! New York State Education Department
North Carolina YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
North Dakota YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Ohio We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Oklahoma We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Oregon YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Pennsylvania YES! Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy (PTCE010746)
Rhode Island YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
South Carolina YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
South Dakota YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Tennessee We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Texas We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Utah YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Vermont YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Virginia We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Washington YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
West Virginia We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia board approvals.
Wisconsin YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Wyoming YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval

The board approval status information is provided based on our current understanding of the licensing agencies. Please note that it is the responsibility of each licensee to verify acceptance of our courses with their licensing agency.

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