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An Introduction to Physiotherapy for the Geriatric Patient

Course Overview

Many of the geriatric patients that we see on a day-to-day basis are suffering from osteo-arthritis and mobility issues. There is so much that can be achieved in making these patients more comfortable and mobile by use of basic physiotherapy techniques and with consideration and minor adaptations to the home environment.

During this 3 week online, tutor-supported course we will look at some key areas in approaching, helping and continuing to support these patients.

Your learning from the course will enable you to create a patient plan for a patient of your choice, that you can use to develop plans for future cases.

It will also empower you to set up basic physiotherapy clinics that will act as a perfect adjunct to senior clinics, and will help owners to help their pets as you will also be able to teach them how to utilise some of the most basic methods.

Course Syllabus

Topics covered on the course include:

  • Assessment of the geriatric patient, and gaining a thorough clinical history
  • Pain and mobility scoring
  • Basic massage and use of effleurage and petrissage
  • Passive range of movement exercises
  • Stretching, improving proprioception and balance
  • Strength building (with and without basic apparatus)
  • Heat therapy
  • Application and contra-indications for the techniques discussed on the course
  • Exercise advice for the geriatric patient
  • Environmental considerations that can be easily implemented to make life easier for the geriatric pet at home
  • Creating treatment plans for geriatric patients
  • When referral to a physiotherapist may be required
Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Kerrie Oakley

Suitable for: Veterinary nurses, vets, paraveterinary staff (eg hydrotherapists, massage therapists)

£129.00

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Simply add the courses you wish to book to your shopping cart, also selecting the start dates of your choice. You will then be guided through the secure checkout to complete your purchase.

Fill out the registration form

Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the pathophysiological changes that occur during the disease process of osteoarthritis

  • Be able to carry out and demonstrate simple techniques and exercises to help the geriatric patient, and appreciate changes that can be made to adapt the environment

  • Have a clear idea how to set up a clinic for their geriatric patients with mobility issues

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or online learning in general, or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kerrie runs Veterinary Physiotherapy business Hounds to Horses Physiotherapy

Your Tutor

Kerrie Oakley

Dip A Phys RVN Cert Ed 

See what some of our previous candidates have said…

“Absolutely loved this course! It has inspired me to start following my passion. Easy access to resources. It’s a very modern set up which encourages great interaction between students on the forum. It has really given me confidence to start using new skills and developing my career.” 

Amy Harvey