Caring for patients in home health offers a unique set of opportunities and challenges. This course addresses the basic guidelines for the delivery of care in this setting. Topics include how to integrate Medicare’s regulations for home care into your practice, prepare for home visits, ensure patient and personal safety, deliver treatment in a multidisciplinary model, and communicate findings effectively with the interprofessional team.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Medicare Mandates
Agency Conditions of Participation
Treatment under PDGM
The Episode Framework
Section 3: Doorbell to Departure: What to Expect
Considerations in Working in the Home Health Setting
Section 4: Roles and Responsibilities
The Many Hats of a Home Health SLP
Section 5: Safety Is Serious!
Patient Safety: The Primary Objective
Section 6: Treatment Tidbits
Section 7: Conclusion
Karen is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of medical settings, including acute care, subacute care, skilled nursing, and home health. She received her B.A. in English and Developmental Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Rutgers. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California and works in home health. When time allows, Karen enjoys teaching others by combining her clinical experience with her love for writing.Staff Writer: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT
Disclosure: Karen Eutsler Little, MSCCC-SLP. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist in multiple care settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. Wendy has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in McConnell taping, geriatric care, McKenzie MDT, Maitland Mobilizations for the joints and spine. She is most passionate about using her manual skills to improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals of all ages. As a Lead Physical Therapy writer for Relias, Wendy enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Disclosure: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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