Presenters: Sabrena McCarley, MBA-SL, OTR/L, CLIPP, RAC-CT, QCP, FAOTA; Linda Riccio, OT/L; Mark McDavid, OTR, RAC-CT, CHC; Melissa Tilton, OTA, BS, COTA, ROH
Earn 1.5 NBCOT PDUs/1.5 Contact Hours
Occupational therapy practitioner experts will highlight the unique challenges faced by occupational therapy practitioners working in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Speakers will provide advice for front line OTs and OTAs treating COVID and non-COVID patients and long-term residents, with a focus on cognitive and psychosocial interventions to address delirium, anxiety, depression, decline in function and cognitive status, and social isolation implications. Participants will also learn how to write goals and establish plans of care to address these areas and hear how some SNFs are handling practice and regulatory barriers such as access to personal protective equipment (PPE), access to facilities when the company has multiple locations, the reality of telehealth, Payroll-Based Journal reporting, etc., with the underlying pressure of the recently implemented Patient-Driven Payment Model.
Following this presentation, the practitioner will be able to:
·Describe the SNF environment and responses to the pandemic from February 2020 to the present.
·Describe practice and regulatory changes impacting SNF practitioners’ ability to meet patient needs during the public health emergency.
·Recognize COVID-19 patients’ unique needs and identify interventions utilized by OT practitioners, including ways to address long-term effects of the virus.