Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education
Presenters: Jill Dennis-Perez, MS, OTR/L, CLT; Chelsea Steinberg, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT; Peggy P. Barco, OTD, OTR/L, CDRS, SCDCM, FAOTA
Earn 1 NBCOT PDU/1 Contact Hour
The cognitive impact of the novel coronavirus on individuals is an area of evolving importance. Occupational therapy has a key opportunity to contribute to the identification and mediation of issues with functional cognition and the impact on care outcomes. This session presents the adaptation of occupational therapy interventions to incorporate assessment and treatment approaches that adequately address functional cognition in response to growing recognition of this issue. Case examples will facilitate understanding of the concepts and elucidate treatment approaches to address cognitive concerns impacting the care of clients with COVID-19. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging occupational therapy practitioners to develop a strong role within the interprofessional treatment team to actively address the negative consequences of under-addressed deficits in functional cognition with all populations we serve and how our intervention optimizes functional performance and safe return home. Following this presentation, the practitioner will be able to:• Describe the presentation of cognitive deficits in clients treated for novel coronavirus and potential occupational therapy assessments and treatment implications.• Describe the link between functional cognitive deficits and ADL/IADL performance.• Describe the use of the interdisciplinary team as a means to optimize caregiver training and ensure adequate cognitive supports to patients and their families upon discharge.
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