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Water-Based Intervention for the Geriatric Client

131 pgs
Andrea Salzman, MS,PT
ATU Press
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This handout is 131 pages and is used to teach our Geriatric Primer class and contains lecture and pool lab notes.

Table of Contents

  1. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient has a contraindication to weight bearing (lecture).
  2. Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the geriatric patient (lecture).
  3. Locate what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the geriatric patient (lecture).
  4. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a geriatric patient. Be able to identify and locate supportive research to bolster case (lecture).
  5. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to: increase bone density
    improve strength
    minimize contractures
    decrease pain
    improve trunk stability
    improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
    improve functional skills (lab)
  6. Demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the geriatric client): Ai Chi; Aquatic adaptations of the Berg; Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs); Aquatic manual therapy and stretching; Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI); Functional skills training; Progressive resistive exercise; Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); Trunk stabilization/ Core training; Unpredictable Command Technique (lab)
  7. Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab)
  8. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:

    s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation

    s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR, THR)


    CVA’s and other non-progressive neurological disorders

    Parkinson’s and other progressive neuromotor disorders

    COPD and other respiratory disorders

    S/p cardiac event or disorder

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