Independence and Beyond: Innovative Treatments for Enhancing the Quality of Life in the Geriatric Patient presented by Jennifer Coulter, MPT, GCS

Course Description: This one-day course will provide an active learning environment for therapists and assistants to gain knowledge of how to design innovative treatment interventions using appropriate tools to evaluate the geriatric patient in an objective manor with respect to balance, gait, strength and endurance and their functional abilities. Included will be active participation in how to design your interventions and goals (and updating of goals) based on objective assessment and patient feedback to effect a positive, patient-centered and measurable change in your geriatric patients – what MDs, payers, family members and most importantly PATIENTS are looking for! The day will conclude with practical application in a case-study format with video clips showcasing innovative treatments.

Course Objectives: After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1.    Choose and implement the appropriate assessment for their patient status and setting;

2.    Formulate and update objective goals that are meaningful to your patients;


Design innovative, patient-centered interventions;

4.¬†¬†¬† Make a greater impact on outcomes of your geriatric patient’s course of treatment!

Course Outline:

7:30 – 7:55 Registration
7:55 – 8:00 General conference information
8:00 – 9:50 Age-specific & Diagnosis-specific changes in gait, balance and mobility
9:50 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:30 Patient-centered, functional assessment
11:30 – 12:00 Goal design concepts
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 Treatment design concepts
1:30 – 2:45 Innovative Treatment Interventions. Videotape applications.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:15 Putting it all together: Case Study Activities

Speaker info:

Jenny Coulter, MPT, GCS, received her B.S. in Physical Therapy (1993) and her Master’s (1994) in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Ms. Coulter has been Board Certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Geriatrics since 2005. She has spoken locally for over 10 years and nationally since 2003. Her work experience with older adults spans the continuum of care including acute care, outpatient clinics, long-term care, home health and community outreach with education presentations and screening for fall prevention. Ms. Coulter currently is employed by Providence Health System in Portland, OR working in the areas of home health and ElderPlace [A program of all-inclusive care (PACE) for the elderly]. She has been involved in her community and workplace to raise awareness of these issues and is the current APTA Geriatrics Balance and Falls Special Interest Group Nominating Chair. Her current professional memberships include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).