Post-COVID Clinical Considerations in the Home
Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM
COVID-19 has changed our world and has presented new challenges in the way we provide Home Health Care, more than we ever imagined. There are many challenges and questions we face today when treating people with this new “disease,” from the PPE needs, the extra time required to provide the care, and the increased risks of exposure, to the unknown physiological effects and long term effects of COVID -19. Whether our patients were hospitalized or not, it is imperative that we arm ourselves with the most information available to provide appropriate care and to identify manifestations and complications of COVID-19.
While much of the pathogenesis of COVID-19 is still unknown, there are increasing cases of hyper-coagulopathy and microvascular occlusion, with a secondary viremia, attacking various organs such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and vast distal vasculature. Some people have mild effects and others experience extreme responses to the virus. Regardless of the patient’s acute responses, they can be left with a multitude of manifestations, which we need to understand.
In this course, we will learn the clinical considerations for providing home health care services to older adults with COVID and post-COVID. From the restrictive lung and diffusion issues, to the aerobic muscle fiber loss, and cutaneous manifestations, we will discuss treatment approaches, signs and symptoms of complications, and how to progress these patients back to safe activities and independence.
This session will be moderated by Dr. Charlene Brown.
Linda Justice Teodosio, PT, DScPT, COS-C
Dr. Linda Teodosio is a Physical Therapist who has specialized in rehabilitation of older adults, for the past 31 years. She has extensive experience in Home Health Care in Maryland, as a clinical leader for various home health agencies, and is currently a Division Rehab Manager with Bayada Home Health.
She has developed several multidisciplinary clinical programs for the treatment of older adults, and has presented many CEU events throughout Maryland, to educate both professionals and clients in the fundamentals of aging in place, Vestibular Rehabilitation, fall risk reduction strategies, and caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
In 2011, Linda earned a terminal doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. She has held several community leadership positions, and is currently a Board Member of the Maryland National Home Care Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association, Home Health Section.