We have seen more patients participate in rehab with greater enthusiasm and motivation. It’s almost like a light went on and some dignity was restored when we began to see them as individuals with the capacity to tolerate higher intensity rehab, and not as frail elderly who could only tolerate high repetition, low resistance activities and exercises.
- J.B., Physical Therapist
I've been pleasantly surprised [that], even if they may be a little bit more sore or more tired, that they're motivated by that, because they can feel the effect of the exercises, so they actually enjoy that feeling…[Families] are in awe, and they're impressed, and it's motivating for them to see their family members doing so well.
It has had a good effect on me mentally. I didn’t know I was capable of some of these things. There’s a lot more resistance and you know you’re accomplishing something. I just see the improvement each day in myself and I like to go back.
I'm much more aware of what people are capable of and [their] potential. I can push them a little bit more than I would have before, understanding that just because they're older doesn't mean that the strengthening isn't important. I can educate them on the need, that it's even more important as we age and to push those muscles and that we are capable of building muscle and strength still…You take people where they are. Their chronological age isn’t as important as how well they can do things physically.
CarriePhysical Therapist Assistant
Well, when you have a few handicaps, [like me], and you see yourself doing more things, I think the big difference is mental. The mental outlook, positive outlook on life. I was afraid to attempt things the way it was presented in other facilities. Here, it’s a challenge: the way it’s presented makes you want to do it. It’s a mental thing as well as physical. The other facilities, it was physical only…Here they do it in a language you can understand.
Challenge yourself to incorporate the high intensity principles into even just one aspect of your treatment and you will see a difference. That noticeable difference will motivate you to do more and to approach your treatments with a new drive.
I think this training has positively influenced the way I view occupational therapy in the skilled nursing setting. It’s so encouraging to try out challenging exercises or activities that truly cause the Veterans to reach a point of difficulty and not just “go through the motions.” I would also say this training has led me to not view failure as a bad thing! This training is a great reflection of creative approaches to incorporating high intensity into activities of daily living (ADLs), therapeutic activities, and functional tasks.
What does the High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation in Medically Complex Populations Course include?
Many older adults are at risk for functional decline due to underlying medical complexity, as well as deconditioning following a bout of inpatient care. This course will present an evidenced-based approach for the implementation of a high intensity progressive rehabilitation paradigm, offered as an evolution of current, lower intensity post-acute treatment approaches to address this constellation of needs. Rehabilitation professionals (Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant) will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology.
AHCA will provide therapists and therapy/therapist assistants successfully completing the program sufficient documentation necessary for submission to their respective state licensing boards for consideration for continuing education (CE) credit approval.
The RESTORE team is a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program that seeks to transform the lives of older adults by helping local clinics
integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.
RESTORE aims to help our clinical partners become leaders in quality care delivery by using personalized, progressive approaches to strength and balance training. At the core of this initiative is interactive, customizable online educational platform for training rehabilitation staff in rehabilitation strategies that achieve quicker, more effective, and longer lasting home discharges to drive higher quality care. This approach to rehabilitation is timely considering evolving changes in reimbursement for post-acute rehabilitation services, favoring more effective and efficient models of care delivery.