Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) practicing in acute settings often are asked to provide discharge recommendations to the interdisciplinary team (IDT) based on evaluation findings. It can be a significant challenge to make these decisions after limited interactions with a patient. This course is designed to provide SLPs with knowledge and confidence to leverage their expertise for effective discharge planning in the acute setting. They will learn to account for factors like the patient’s clinical presentation, unique goals, psychosocial factors, home environment, insurance, and resources, and work with the IDT to facilitate discharge to the most appropriate setting with adequate resources in place.
0.10 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.0000 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0000 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Team Discharge Planning
Interdisciplinary Team Approach
Timing of Discharge Planning
Effects of Delayed Discharge
Section 3: Discharge Setting Options
Various Settings Available
Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF)
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
Assisted Living Facility (ALF)
Home with Home Health (HH) Services
Home with Outpatient Services
Section 4: Specific SLP Contribution
Objective Tests and Measures
Section 5: Conclusion
Meghan Farrington is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience in the adult setting. Meghan earned her Bachelor of Science in communication disorders from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and her Master of Arts in speech and hearing handicap from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She has worked in the long-term care and sub-acute setting, but most recently in the acute and outpatient setting with the adult population with the Rochester Regional Health system. She is skilled in objective dysphagia assessments such as modified barium swallow studies (MBSS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow (FEES). Her areas of focus include dysphagia, cognition, speech and language disorders, a variety of voice disorders including paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction and resonant voice, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) management, and head and neck cancer. Disclosure: Meghan Farrington, MA, CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as Collecting Speaker's Fees All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Staff Writer: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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