The 3 D's in Home Health: Dementia, Delirium, and Depression
Section: Home Health Section
Session Code: HH-2C-7000
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
The challenge for home health providers is that there is significant overlap in the presentations of dementia, delirium, and depression. Accurate history taking, medical review, and assessment is required to help differentiate the possible cause of cognitive changes in older adults that may be further complicated by communication difficulties. The APTA Home Health Section has developed a clinical decision-making tree to help aid the clinician in determining if cognitive and mental health safety needs further assessment or intervention. In this session, the speakers will review the use of the tool during the initial encounter and how the PT/PTA team can address emergent issues once the plan of care has been established.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1.Differentiate between the presentations of dementia, delirium, and depression.
2. Compare assessment tools to determine most appropriate one for the home health client.
3. Apply the clinical decision-making tool to clinical situations to compare interventions appropriate for the home health care patient.
4. Create a communication strategy for the PT/PTA team to address observed changes in resident status related to dementia, delirium, or depression.
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