Geriatric Life Care Certificate Program

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Integrated Care Management Services


 

Geriatric Life Care – Program Overview

The USF Health Geriatric Life Care  online certificate program is designed for healthcare practitioners and human services, rehabilitation and legal professionals who are seeking the specialized training needed to enter the field of Geriatric Life Care Planning. This program requires the successful completion of four online modules. Each module contains readings, videos, case studies and a multiple choice exam. The program is primarily self-paced and participants have access to an instructor who is available to answer questions by email or through individualized virtual classroom sessions. Participants also have access to optional, monthly online chat sessions with the instructor and other program participants. The structure of the program is supportive of working professionals in that it allows for autonomous learning accessible at any time. As the field of Aging Services continues to evolve and become more complicated, the skills required to serve clients across the healthcare delivery continuum has changed. This program includes specialized training in the clinical, psychosocial, environmental and legal aspects of life care planning and addresses topics such as client advocacy, family facilitation, conflict resolution, elder mediation, telemedicine, polypharmacy, medication management and integrated care monitoring platform development. Upon successful completion of all four online modules, participants receive a Certificate of Completion and accompanying continuing education units. Formal admission to the university is not required to participate in this professional development certificate program and all readings are delivered through the online platform with no required textbooks.

Employment Outlook – Life Care Planning & Care Management

Employment of Geriatric Life Care Planners is projected to grow 17 percent from 2017 to 2024, much faster than the average growth in all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the healthcare industry is likely to see an increase in the demand for integrated care management services. The field of Elder Law is also dramatically changing and creating opportunities for care management professionals with specialized designations such as Geriatric Life Care Planning. For more information about the specialty profession of Geriatric Life Care Planning, please visit the Aging Life Care Association or the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

This Geriatric Life Care Certificate has been designed to meet the pre-certification educational needs of those seeking the following national certification designations:

Certified Care Manager (CCM) offered by the Commission for Care Manager Certification

Care Manager Certified (CMC) offered by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers

Target Audience

This course is designed for healthcare practitioners including nurses, case managers, nursing home administrators, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers. It is also available to legal professionals who are seeking the specialized training needed to enter the field of Geriatric Life Care Planning.

Activity Director

Kenneth R. Nanni, Ph.D. has been a Geriatric Life Care Professional for more than 20 years and current serves as the President of Integrated Care Management Services in Tampa, Florida.  Dr. Nanni received his undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Florida and a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University with specialty training in Family Systems, Healthcare Facilitation and Dispute Resolution.  He completed post graduate training programs at both Harvard University and Cornell University.  Dr. Nanni has worked in a variety of healthcare delivery settings and his work has been published in the Gerontology and Geriatrics Education Journal.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the learner should be able to …

  • Identify the legal and ethical aspects of geriatric care.
  • Describe the role of advocacy and mediation in care management.
  • Explain the organization of community resources for older adults.
  • Summarize the process of conducting a geriatric assessment and developing an integrated health plan.
  • Compare and contrast elements of the psychosocial, functional and environmental assessment.
  • Distinguish the difference between normal cognitive decline and the onset of dementia using standardized screening tools.
  • Explain techniques for making care plan interventions understandable and measurable.
  • Demonstrate ability to create a care plan that supports the holistic quality of life for a geriatric client.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a business plan for a public nonprofit or private geriatric care management agency.

Learning objectives apply to all professions in the target audience.


Certificate Program Curriculum

 

Course 1:   Integrated Care and Healthcare Transitions

Release Date: April 15, 2017
Last Reviewed/Revised: April 1, 2017
Expiration Date: April 14, 2019
Estimated Time to Complete: 40 hours

This module presents an overview of the history and origins of care management; the theoretic, legal and ethical principles associated with the provision of geriatric care; and the relationship between life care planning and care management. Topics include: ethical and legal issues associated with life care planning, working with difficult families, supporting client quality of life, ethnic and cultural issues, integrating late life relocation, preventing avoidable hospital readmissions and community resources for care planning.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the origins of Geriatric Life Care Planning.
  • Identify the legal and ethical aspects of elder care.
  • Describe the role of advocacy and mediation in care management.
  • Explain the organization of community resources for older adults.

Lesson 1: History of Care Management and Life Care Planning
Lesson 2: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Aging Life Care
Lesson 3: Health Care Transitions and Integrated Care Management
Lesson 4: Community Resources for Aging Life Care

Registration Fee – $895.00

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Registration includes access to the self-paced course and online readings materials.  No additional textbooks are required for purchase.

Course 2: Care Planning and Geriatric Care Life Care – Coming Soon

This module provides in-depth training on the Geriatric Life Care Planning process, including how to conduct a physical, functional, psychosocial and environmental assessment of aging clients and how to develop an integrated care plan including ongoing care monitoring. Topics include: tools for conducting client assessment and assessing the family caregivers, conducting a home safety assessment, technologies that support aging in place (including telehealth), writing an integrated care plan and developing a care monitoring and medication management protocol.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the process of conducting a geriatric assessment.
  • Compare and contrast elements of the psychosocial, functional and environmental assessment.
  • Distinguish the observable effects of dementia and depression and appropriate screening elements.
  • Explain techniques for making care plan interventions understandable and measurable.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze a care plan that supports the holistic quality of life for a geriatric client.

Lesson 1: Client Assessment
Lesson 2: Establishing Care Plan Goals and Rehabilition Strategies
Lesson 3: Implementation of an Integrated Life Care Plan
Lesson 4: Managing and Monitoring Ongoing Life Care

Registration Fee – $895.00

Registration includes access to the self-paced course and online reading materials.  No additional textbooks are required for purchase.

Course 3:  Healthcare Advocacy, Facilitation and Elder Mediation – Coming Soon

This module presents topics and techniques for working with seniors and adult families facing issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, driving, family communication, medical decisions, Powers of Attorney/Health Care Proxies/Guardianship/Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, will contests, family real estate, personal property distribution, and tools and techniques for family systems facilitation and elder mediation.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the skills associated with effective healthcare advocacy
  • Identify differences between healthy aging families and difficult family situations.
  • Describe strategies for facilitating family meetings and resolving conflict.
  • Explain basic mediation techniques and how they can be applied to Aging Life Care.

Lesson 1:  Healthcare Advocacy
Lesson 2:  Communication, Family Systems and Aging Life Care
Lesson 3:  Facilitation and Conflict Identification
Lesson 4:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Registration Fee – $895.00

Registration includes access to the self-paced course and online reading materials.  No additional textbooks are required for purchase.

Course 4: Working Along the Continuum of Geriatric Life Care Planning – Coming Soon

This module provides an overview of the various models and practice areas for those transitioning into the specialty discipline of Geriatric Life Care Planning. Topics will include the role of the Geriatric Life Care Planner in agencies and home care delivery systems as well as the entrepreneurial aspects of developing a private practice geriatric care management and life care planning business.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the reimbursement and payment methodologies for care mangers working across the healthcare delivery spectrum.
  • Identify accreditation standards and requirements that impact the provision of aging life care services.
  • Recognize the importance defining a niche and maintaining a consistent organizational image.
  • Illustrate the ability to develop sales and marketing objectives aligned with establishing a brand.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a business plan for a public non profit or private geriatric care management agency.

Lesson 1: Care Delivery and Reimbursement Methods
Lesson 2: Quality and Outcomes Evaluation and Measurement
Lesson 3: Private Practice Life Care Planning and Care Management
Lesson 4: Marketing Life Care Planning and Integrated Care Management

Registration Fee – $895.00

Registration includes access to the self-paced course and online reading materials.  No additional textbooks are required for purchase.

Course Completion Requirements:

To claim your CE certificate for this activity, please complete the following steps:

  1. Register for each course individually.
  2. Course site login information will be emailed within 24 hours of registration payment for each course.
  3. Review the required information:  target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information
  4. Complete the entire (all four courses) self-study activity in chronological order – Estimated completion time 160 hours
  5. Complete the self-assessment and post-test
  6. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of  70%
  7. Complete the evaluation and download the certificate

Computer Requirements

  • Internet Access
  • Email Address

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A conflict of interest is created when individuals in a position to control the content of CME/CE have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest which, therefore, may bias his/her opinion and teaching.  This may include receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, stocks or other financial benefits.

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Relevant financial relationships exist between the following individuals and commercial interests:

Kenneth R. Nanni, Ph.D.           Nothing to disclose

Planning Committee, USF Health OCPD staff members and the peer/content reviewer for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation.

Accreditations:

Florida Board of Nursing: USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses through FBN 50-2970. This program has been approved for 120 contact hours.

Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators: USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education credits for Nursing Home Administrators licensees by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators.  This program has been reviewed and approved for up to 144 contact hours.  Licensee numbers are required prior to the issuance of certificates.

Please note:  Nursing Home Administrators are encouraged to check with their local licensing authority to determine the number of online learning credits that can be applied to their license.

Florida Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors: USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education credits for clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counseling.  This program has been reviewed and approved for up to 144, 50-minute contact hours.  Licensee numbers are required prior to the issuance of certificates.

Florida Licensed Occupational Therapists: USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education for Occupational Therapy licensees by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapists. This program has been reviewed and approved for up to 144, 50-minute contact hours. Licensee numbers are required prior to the issuance of certificates.

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Temporary Suspension:
Each course must be satisfactorily completed within 6 months from initial enrollment.  We realize that there could be extenuating circumstances where one might be unable to complete the course in 6 months.  In such instances, you must contact the activity director to request a temporary suspension.  Temporary suspensions will be handled on a case by case basis.   Requests for reactivation from suspension will require a completion plan and a target completion date.  Failure to complete the course within this timeframe in these circumstances may result in termination from the course.  To complete the course after termination will require reenrollment and payment of the course fee.

Refunds:
No refunds will be made after course login information has been emailed and made available to the learner.

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The remaining courses are set to launch Summer 2017. For more information or to be notified when course registration opens please email cpdsupport@health.usf.edu.