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Using Groups to Improve Quality of Life Among Residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities

Andrea Belcoe

COTA/L

Danielle Everheart

COTA/L

Amanda Henscheid

OTD, OTR/L

Course Length: 2.0 contact hours (.2 AOTA CEU)
PRIMARY Presentation Category: Geriatrics
SECONDARY Presentation Category: Psychosocial Functioning
Intended Audience: Introductory
Short Abstract:

This presentation will use the example of an OT team at a skilled nursing facility in Idaho to describe the impact of using groups in occupational therapy practice. This presentation will include examples from the OT team to show how the programming was developed and implemented, as well as the outcomes of using groups within this setting.

Full Abstract:

This presentation will use the example of an OT team at a skilled nursing facility in Idaho to describe the impact of using groups in occupational therapy practice. The presenters will review the purpose of groups and why they determined that groups would help meet the needs of their clients. Presenters will also describe how to plan for successful groups, regulatory requirements an OTP must follow when implementing groups, and how to effectively collaborate with interdisciplinary partners to implement successful groups. Finally, participants will be invited to reflect on how they can implement groups within their own practice settings to address the needs of their clients, particularly psychosocial needs. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the purpose of groups within occupational therapy practice
    2. Describe how to plan for successful occupation-based groups
    3. Identify regulatory requirements an OTP must follow when implementing groups
    4. Explain how to collaborate with interdisciplinary partners to implement successful groups
    5. List an idea for a group they can implement in their own practice to address the needs of their clients
Educational Value:

This presentation will provide OTPs working within residential settings (SNFs and ALFs) information about how to implement groups to improve the quality of life of their clients. This presentation will include examples from a facility that has incorporated group programming to address the needs of their residents, allow participants to ask questions of the OT team from this facility, and provide participants a chance to reflect on how they can incorporate groups to meet the needs of their own clients.

Andrea Belcoe, COTA/L
Company Affiliated With: Ensign
Financial Disclosure: Employee of Ensign
Danielle Everheart, COTA/L
Company Affiliated With: Ensign; Employee of Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation; Idaho State University
Financial Disclosure: Employee of Ensign
Amanda Henscheid, OTD, OTR/L
Company Affiliated With: Idaho State University
Financial Disclosure: No financial payout made for this presentation
Non-Financial Disclosure e.g. Member of; or, No Non-Financial Disclosures: Both presenters are faculty members of ISU

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