Jun 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Archived Catalog 
2021-2022 Archived Catalog

OTA.-230 Geriatric OTA Interventions

Credits 3 / 3 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into College Level Reading, completion of ELAP-120 with a 2.0 or higher, or successful completion of ACRD-090, ACRD-091 or ACRD-092; OTPT-100, OTA.-100, OTPT-113.
Techniques and skills in the use of equipment, treatment media, and methods appropriate to meet the needs of the elderly population. Students experience hands-on practice of above techniques in the classroom.

Course Outcomes
1. Identify common stressors, changes, and losses elderly must adapt to 2. Discuss coping skills and interventions that promote healthy transition with age 3. Discuss the value of health and wellness promotion and disease prevention to OT practice with the elderly 4. Describe health promotion activities for the elderly 5. Define role of COTA within OBRA regulations 6. Understand the RAI and COTA input to this assessment 7. Understand intent and coverage of Medicare, Medicaid, and SSL 8.  Identify key practice settings for COTAs working with the elderly and COTA role in each setting 9.   Define COTA’s role in family and caregiver training 10. Define polypharmacy and identify recommended interventions to diminish drug-related problems of polypharmacy in elders 11. Identify common symptoms of adverse drug reactions in elders 12. Identify skills needed for safe self-medication 13. Identify adaptive devices to compensate for skills needed for safe self-medication. 14. Understand OBRA regulations pertaining to the use of physical restraints 15. Describe the role of COTA in restraint reduction 16. Identify causes of fall in the elderly 17. Describe interventions to falls 18. Describe visual and physical changes in elders that may effect their ability to drive 19. Identify general principles to enhance vision and increase independence 20. List environmental modifications that reduce background noise in homes and institutions 21. Describe possible safety recommendations for home and institutional environments 22. List suggestions for improving communication with hearing impaired elders 23. Demonstrate techniques, approaches, and interventions for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease 24. Select appropriate communication responses to elders with Alzheimer’s disease 25. List approaches to refocus unwanted behavioral responses from the elderly with AD 26. Discuss hospice concept and the role of the hospice team 27. Define COTA role in hospice care.