Introduction to Home Care for Therapy AssistantsCourse Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this learning activity the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic home care background, principles and practice by passing the post-test with a score of > 80% following the on-line learning activity.
This is a self-paced course with knowledge check activities. These non-graded activities allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding on in the course. At the end of the course, you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 80% or higher to pass the course and complete the evaluation in order to obtain a certificate of completion.
- Identify common home care components including rules, regulations, payer sources and terms
- Describe the various disciplines/roles in home care, their duties and the therapist’s role in supervision
- Outline the referral, intake, admission process in establishing the plan of care
- Distinguish basic OASIS assessment and documentation guidelines and components for Medicare clients in home care
- Explain the importance of the therapy goals and plan of care in prioritizing effective treatment
- Identify base discharge criteria for home care clients
1.5 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute hour
The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1.5 hour(s).
This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists.
Kathy L. Richie, BSN, RN; Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O
This course will be reviewed and updated or discontinued on or before June 30, 2022.
HLC Institution ID:1399
Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.
Bias: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options and is free of commercial bias for or against any product or commercial entity. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, trade names from several companies will be used. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorse any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.
Conflict of Interest: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC criteria regarding Conflict of Interest. No one in control of content of this course has any conflicts of interest.
Cindy Krafft - PT MS HCS-O
Cindy Krafft brings more than 20 years of home health expertise that ranges from direct patient care to operational and management issues. For the past 15 years, Cindy has been a nationally recognized educator in the areas of documentation, regulation, therapy utilization and OASIS. She has served on several CMS driven Technical Expert Panels as well as an expert resource for OASIS Updates. Her focus is on providing the knowledge and tools to operationalize external requirements while keeping the driver of care where it needs to be – the needs of each patient being cared for in the home setting. Cindy has been involved at the senior leadership level for the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for more than 10 years and is the immediate past President of that organization. She has been working with APTA and CMS to clarify regulatory expectations and address proposed payment methodologies to ensure the long term participation of all services provided in the home health setting. Cindy is an active member of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and currently serves on multiple committees. She has written 3 books – The How-to Guide to Therapy Documentation, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Home Care and the Handbook to Home Health Therapy Documentation – and co-authored her fourth, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy with her business partner Diana Kornetti PT, MA, HCS-D.
Iona Kaye (Katie) Barton - PT Ed. D MEPD
Katie received both her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy and her Masters of Education in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. She received her Doctorate in Education Leadership from Saint Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. Katie was an adjunct instructor for the physical therapy program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse for 17 years. She has a varied background of healthcare experience including birth-3, hospital based pediatrics, school based PT, SNF PT, and most recently, 6+ years as a physical therapist for a hospital based home care and hospice agency.
Michelle Olson - M.S.P.T.
Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Carroll College. She has been practicing as a physical therapist for a hospital based home care and hospice agency for the past 8 years and has had experience in sports medicine and pediatric home and clinic based care. Michelle has a special interest in physical therapist education and has also been employed as a lab assistant/associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse for the past 5 years. Michelle is an APTA certified clinical instructor and has been taking students into the home care setting for the past 6 years.
Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.
This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.