COTA Skills - Occupational Therapist

COTA Skills 130

Working with Elders Who Have Oncological Conditions


1.0

  • Identify 4 common oncological diagnoses associated with aging
  • Discuss cancer treatment provided to elders with cancer and the associated side effects
  • Describe the role of OT with the elder cancer patient, and list 3 different approaches that might be used with them
  • Identify 3common complications that elders receiving cancer treatment often face, and discuss the impact of these on the OT intervention process
  • Describe modified approaches to daily occupations that might be used by the COTA when working with an elder who has cancer


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 129
Working with Elders Who Have Pulmonary Conditions

1.0

  • Define chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Identify common symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Identify the psychosocial effect of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on elders
  • List conditions that affect the sexual functioning of elders with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Describe assessment and intervention for elders with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


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COTA Skills 128
Working with Elders Who Have Cardiovascular Conditions

1.0

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of cardiac dysfunction
  • Describe the phases of cardiac rehabilitation
  • Recognize the role of occupational therapy in cardiac rehabilitation
  • Describe assessments, intervention techniques, and precautions used with elders who have cardiac conditions
  • Describe intervention approaches for elders with cardiac conditions in various treatment settings


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COTA Skills 127

Working with Elders Who Have Orthopedic Conditions


2.0

  • Identify 3 causes of fractures in the elder population
  • Identify terminology related to fractures and their management
  • Describe 3 precautions required after a hip pinning and implications of such a procedure relative to occupational performance
  • Describe the precautions required after a total hip replacement and the implications of such a procedure relative to occupational performance
  • Identify adaptive equipment and modified methods of performance that benefit elders with hip fractures
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout
  • Describe the effects of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout on occupational performance
  • Explain the principles of joint protection, work simplification, and energy conservation


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 126
Working with Elders Who Have Psychiatric Conditions

1.0

  • Understand the prevalence of mental illness among elders
  • Discuss trends in approaches to support well-being, and circumvent the influences of diseases of meaning in daily life
  • Become acquainted with psychiatric diagnoses common among institutionalized and community dwelling elders
  • Describe the importance of considering both mental health and medical conditions when working with elders
  • Identify assessments commonly used by OT practitioners with elders who have mental illness
  • Describe intervention approaches commonly used with elders who have mental illness


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 125

Working with Elders Who Have Dementia and Alzheimers Disease


2.0

  • Describe person-centered care and personhood
  • Gain awareness and sensitivity to the cognitive, physical, and psychosocial needs of elders with AD
  • Describe occupation-focused care and list 5 suggestions to promote wellness through task simplification and modification
  • Identify caregiving techniques, approaches, and interventions that can be used to help empower elders who have AD to participate in daily living tasks
  • Suggest 3 appropriate communication responses to elders with AD
  • Problem solve antecedents and list 3 approaches to refocus unwanted behavioral responses


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 124
Working with Elders Who Have Had Cerebrovascular Accidents

1.0

  • Discuss cerebrovascular accidents by describing the major features of strokes affecting the main arteries of the brain
  • Discuss at least 3 considerations in the OT evaluation of elders who have had a stroke
  • Describe the sequence of facilitating midline alignment while elders are supine, sitting, and standing, and explain the steps to follow when transferring elders from a supine position to the edge of the bed or from a sitting to a standing position
  • Explain precautions for handling an elder's hemiplegic upper extremity


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COTA Skills 123
Dysphagia and Other Eating and Nutritional Concerns with Elders

1.0

  • Discuss the increased incidence of swallowing, eating, and nutritional problems occurring with elders
  • Identify the basic anatomical structures related to swallowing and the swallow sequence
  • Relate the physiological changes and the onset of increased age-related medical conditions with the increased incidence of swallowing problems
  • Identify intervention strategies and precautions for improving oral intake and nutrition
  • Discuss the roles of the team members and the importance of teamwork in addressing swallowing and nutritional concerns
  • Relate ideas for managing different types of feeding problems
  • Discuss the psychological and ethical concerns that are present when swallowing problems develop


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COTA Skills 122

Strategies to Maintain Continence in Elders


1.0

  • Determine the prevalence and cost associated with incontinence
  • Indicate common causes of incontinence
  • Review the normal anatomy and physiology of urination and defecation
  • Identify the different types of urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Explain the effect of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act in dealing with the problem of incontinence in nursing homes
  • Specify the role of each team member, emphasizing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach
  • Identify the COTA's role in the management of incontinence
  • List suggestions for the management of incontinence


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COTA Skills 121
Working with Elders Who Have Hearing Impairments

1.0

  • Describe sensorineural and conductive hearing losses
  • Describe ways that slow, progressive changes in the auditory system interfere with occupations that require communication
  • List environmental modifications that reduce background noise in homes and institutions
  • Describe possible safety recommendations for home and institutional environments where hearing-impaired elders reside
  • Describe the effect of age-related hearing loss on socialization, communication, and travel and its possible contribution to feelings of isolation for hearing-impaired elders
  • List suggestions for improving communication with hearing-impaired elders
  • Describe possible behaviors that may indicate hearing impairment


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COTA Skills 120

Working with Elders Who Have Vision Impairments


1.0

  • Describe typical physiological changes affecting vision that occur with aging
  • Name and describe the major ocular diseases affecting vision in elders
  • Describe common vision deficits resulting from neurological insults in elders
  • Describe psychosocial implications of vision impairments in elders, possible effects on rehabilitation, and on functional outcomes
  • Describe the use of the OT Practice Framework's  dynamic, interactive process of evaluation, intervention, and outcomes to address functional deficits in elder clients resulting from visual impairment
  • Identify general principles to enhance vision
  • Identify environmental or contextual considerations and interventions to increase independence and safety in elders with low vision 
  • Identify general principles in intervention of visual dysfunction after brain insult
  • Identify team members and community resources that registered OTR's and COTA's may collaborate with to improve functional outcomes in elders with low vision


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 119
Considerations of Mobility

2.0

  • Discuss the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act regulations pertaining to the use of physical restraints
  • Describe the steps in the establishment of a restraint reduction program
  • Describe the role of the certified OTA in restraint reduction
  • Outline the basic steps in evaluating the fit of a wheelchair
  • Describe the major precautions to consider when elders should use wheelchairs
  • Describe essential considerations when evaluating and fitting a bariatric person with a wheelchair
  • Identify three reasons that elder adults are at a greater risk for falls than the general population
  • Identify environmental, biological, psychosocial, and functional causes of falls
  • Describe key considerations during the evaluation process for elder adults at risk for falls
  • Describe recommended and evidence-based interventions to prevent falls
  • Discuss potential desired outcomes of fall prevention interventions
  • Discuss ways elders may gain access to public transportation
  • Describe ways elders may become safer pedestrians
  • Describe a driving evaluation, and identify criteria for this assessment
  • Describe visual and physical changes in elders that may affect their ability to drive


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 118

Use of Medications by Elders


1.0

  • Identify factors that predispose elders to adverse drug events, and discuss strategies to detect medication problems
  • Define polypharmacy and identify recommended interventions to diminish drug-related problems of polypharmacy in elders
  • Identify classes of medications commonly associated with adverse drug reactions in elders
  • Identify and describe skills needed for safe self-medication
  • Apply the OT Practice Framework: Domain and Process, second edition, to analyze self-medication for individuals with various conditions
  • Explain the ways that adaptive devices compensate for skills needed for safe self-medication
  • Describe elder and caregiver education needs regarding self-medication


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 117
Addressing Sexual Activity of Elders

1.0

  • Discuss the ways that values can influence attitudes about elder sexuality
  • Identify primary myths about elder sexuality
  • Discuss how elder homosexuals have been ignored by society
  • Describe normal, age-related, sexual, physiological changes
  • Describe sexually transmitted diseases and the elder population
  • Discuss the treatment team members ’ roles in addressing elders ’ sexual concerns
  • Discuss the ways elders ’ sexuality is commonly dealt with in nursing facilities
  • List the components of the permission, limited information, specific suggestions, and intensive therapy model (PLISSIT), and discuss ways that the COTA can apply this model
  • Identify strategies for elder sexual education
  • List intervention and safety sides for addressing sexual concerns of elders who experience strokes, heart disease, and arthritis
  • Increase personal comfort to discuss elder sexual concerns


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 116
Working with Families and Caregivers of Elders

1.0

  • Define the role of the certified COTA in family and caregiver training
  • Understand role changes within family systems at the onset of debilitating conditions in elders
  • Discuss communication strategies that maximize comprehension during elder, family, and caregiver education
  • Identify stressors that affect quality of care, ability to cope, and emotional responses in the elder-caregiver relationship
  • Identify techniques to minimize caregiver stress
  • Define and identify signs of elder abuse and neglect, and discuss reporting requirements


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 115

Ethical Aspects in the Work with Elders


1.0

  • Discuss steps for ethical consideration
  • Become familiar with the language of ethics
  • Refine and explain personal and professional ethical commitments


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 114

Cultural Diversity of the Aging Population


1.0

  • Explain the meaning of diversity and compare 3 related terms
  • Explore and explain 3 personal experiences, beliefs, values, and attitudes regarding diversity
  • Discuss the need to accept the uniqueness of each individual and the importance of being sensitive to issues of diversity in the practice of OT with elders
  • Outline 3 strategies to facilitate interaction with elders of diverse backgrounds


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 113
Opportunities for Best Practice in Various Settings

2.0

  • Describe and examine certified COTA practice in traditional and emerging practice settings
  • Become familiar with the OT Practice Framework and the COTA’ s role during OT service delivery
  • Outline and describe the need for service competency for COTAs and continued competency for OT, COTAs and OTRs
  • Describe and appreciate the COTA/OTR partnership
  • Explore and summarize the importance of a client-centered practice


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 112

Occupational Therapy Practice Models


2.0

  • Explain the importance and use of practice models in OT intervention with elders
  • Briefly summarize the OT Practice Framework and 3 OT practice models as they relate to aging, including Facilitating Growth and Development, Cognitive Disabilities, and the Model of Human Occupation
  • Demonstrate the ways certified occupational therapy assistants can incorporate theoretical principles into practice with elders


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 111
The Regulation of Public Policy for Elders

1.0

  • Describe payment systems that influence practice developed as a result of public policy
  • Clearly define the role of the certified COTA within the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act regulations
  • Describe the prospective payment system and COTA practice in different practice settings
  • Learn ways that input of the COTA into the various screening measurements and care plans is valuable for an integrated team approach
  • Learn the importance of advocacy for the OT profession
  • Understand how COTAs can become more aware of public policy trends and changes that impact practice


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 110

Aging Well: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


2.0

  • Discuss how OT practitioners — OTR and COTAs — can influence health through programs and services for individuals, organizations, communities, and populations
  • Identify methods of screening and assessment used in promoting health and well-being among elders
  • Describe health promotion activities that can be incorporated into practice with elders
  • Describe theoretical models that emphasize the importance of participation in meaningful occupations to decrease the negative effects of occupational imbalance, alienation and deprivation, and the promotion and the integration of healthy life patterns and routines
  • Discuss the ways in which poor health practices, inadequate nutrition, and lack of self-care contribute to the incidence and prevalence of preventable diseases and disabilities common to elderly populations
  • Identify factors that contribute most to influencing elders to participate in wellness-focused activities
  • Describe factors that contribute to poor nutrition and obesity in elderly populations
  • Name several lifestyle patterns that contribute to the development of preventable diseases in elderly populations


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 109
Psychological Aspects of Aging

1.0

  • Identify myths and facts about psychological aspects of aging
  • Identify common stressors, changes, and losses to which elders must adapt
  • Discuss common emotional problems that may accompany losses
  • Discuss coping skills and interventions that promote healthy transition with age


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 108
The Aging Process

1.0

  • Describe the aging process
  • Explore the concepts of successful, primary, and secondary aging
  • Discuss usual and pathological aging within the context of age-related physiological changes in the integumentary, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, and sensory systems.
  • Explore how normal and abnormal changes present in elder clinical case studies


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 107

Biological and Social Theories of Aging


1.0

  • Identify the purpose and use of 3 current theories of aging
  • Discuss the biological theories of aging, including genetic and nongenetic theories
  • Discuss the psychosocial theories of aging
  • Understand the ways to apply the theories of aging to the care of elders


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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COTA Skills 106
Aging Trends and Concepts

2.0

  • Define relevant terminology regarding elders
  • Describe the relation between aging and illness
  • Discuss components of health and chronic illness
  • Discuss a client-centered approach
  • Describe the three stages of aging, and define their differences
  • Describe the effects of growth of the elder population on society
  • Discuss the effects of an increasingly large number of elder women on society
  • Describe the problems and needs of the oldest old populations — that is, those elders 85 years and older, including the centenarians. Describe living arrangements of elders and living trends, such as aging in place
  • Discuss the significance of economic trends on the elderly
  • Relate implications of demographical data for occupational therapy practice
  • Discuss current trends impacting elders in America and implications for occupational therapy practice
  • Describe the importance of intergenerational contact for occupational therapy intervention
  • Explain the importance of understanding generational cohorts for intervention
  • Describe the concept of “ ageism ” in today’s society and the effect of the views of the American youth culture on aging


Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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