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Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Assessment and Intervention in the
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Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Assessment and Intervention in the Clinic and at Home

Jose R. Rafols
5 Hours 26 Minutes
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Dec 30, 2015
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ADLs—The Building Blocks to Patient Recovery and Rehabilitation

When assessing and treating various patient diagnoses, one common denominator exists—activities of daily living. What brings the patient to your clinic is the inability to function as they did before their illness or injury. The rehabilitation professional must parlay his/her understanding of the diagnosis and how it affects activities of daily living into a treatment plan, so that the patient's functional independence can be restored. When therapists and nurses communicate in functional terms with physicians, case managers, and third party payers, they are able to show patient progress in functional and simple language that is applicable to professionals and laypersons alike. Relating the patient diagnosis to affected ADLs not only helps the health care team better understand the treatment plan, it justifies the need for multidisciplinary intervention.

This dynamic, one-day seminar will provide participants with a working knowledge of how ADLs are weaved into the patient's therapeutic intervention. You will learn to use ADLs as a treatment modality and to view daily occupations, self-care skills, and leisure interests as important building blocks to patient recovery and rehabilitation. This course will examine the full spectrum of patient care from geriatric populations in skilled nursing facilities and adult living facilities to pediatric settings. You will discuss treatment plans, explore ideas, and evaluate interventions through case studies. Attendees will leave the seminar better equipped to incorporate ADLs into therapeutic goals and treatment plans and to document each case effectively.





How activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are used in treatment



  • Neuromotor dysfunctions

-cerebral vascular accidents (CVA’s)

-muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis

-Parkinson’s disease

-Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cardio/pulmonary dysfunctions

-congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease (CAD)

-respiratory complications

  • COPD



-aspiration from improper posture and feeding techniques

-proper breathing techniques during feeding tasks

  • Orthopedic dysfunctions


-rheumatoid arthritis

-joint limitation due to fractures and disuse atrophy

-hip and knee joint replacement



  • Pediatrics
  • Adults
  • Geriatrics



  • Home environment interview
  • Visiting the patient’s home to assess for a safe environment
  • Returning the patient to a barrier-free home environment
  • Recruiting allies—the spouse, caregiver, parent, child, etc.
  • Use of assessment tools, checklists (a systematic approach)



  • How impaired mobility affects ADLs and self-care skills
  • Decreased functional mobility in the kitchen, bathroom, and in entry/exit-ways



  • Assess the process, not the task itself
  • Helps the therapist simplify the task at hand
  • Allows the patient to visualize problem areas better



  • ADL equipment used in the clinic and at home
  • When to use, when not to use
  • Adaptive equipment—a hindrance or a help?
  • Practice—first in the clinic then at home



  • Use of functional and practical ADL terminology
  • Use of key indicators when writing functional goals
  • Justifying therapeutic and functional interventions




Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants - Florida

is an approved provider #50-466 with the Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. This course is approved for 6 contact hour(s) for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Other Professions

This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hour(s) as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements. 

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - Arkansas

This program has been approved by the Arkansas State Board Of Physical Therapy for 6.0 contact hour(s) for Physical Therapists.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - District of Columbia

This program has been approved for 6 continuing education credit(s) by the District of Columbia Board of Physical Therapy for Physical Therapists. 

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - Illinois

is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #:216.000309. This course qualifies for 6.0 CE Credit Hour(s).

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - Indiana

This meets the IN-PT approval under 844 IAC 6-8-5 Approved Organizations #9, please contact IN Board or Association if you have questions.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - Kentucky

This program has been approved by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association for 6 contact hour(s) (Category 1) Approval #CS74-2011-KPTA. This approval is valid until 10/31/2019.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - New York

is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This seminar is awarded 7.2 contact hour(s).

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants - North Carolina

NCBPTE approval by virtue of approval by The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Physical Therapy licensure board or state APTA chapter Approval good through 8/31/2021. 

Social Workers

is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1/27/2018-1/27/2021). maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical Social Work continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.

Social Workers - Florida

is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-466. This program is approved for 6 continuing education credit(s).

Social Workers - New York

, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed Social Workers #0043. This educational offering is acceptable for 6.0 continuing education hour(s). Full attendance is required to receive credit for Social Workers; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the State Board guidelines.



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JOSE R. RAFOLS, OTD, MHSA, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with more than 28 years of experience in clinical orthopedics and 18 years of experience in upper extremity rehabilitation, hand–injuries, diabetic foot and wound care, neurological injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), geriatrics, and adult rehabilitation. He is president and owner of Therapeutic Home–Bound Services Corporation (THS–Corp), which provides tailored and personalized private occupational therapy services for South Florida.

Dr. Rafols retired from the U.S. Army Specialty Corps in February 2012 after serving more than 27 years of combined active and reserve duty in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army. Dr. Rafols has held the positions of Executive Officer 7217th MSU, Company Commander 324th VSH, and Chief and Assistant Chief of the Occupational Therapy Department at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA. In 2011, Dr. Rafols returned from a 12–month combat deployment with the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd & 4th Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) to Paktika Providence in Eastern Afghanistan. There he worked to set up and provide clinical rehabilitation for soldiers with post–blast injuries, ranging from mild–traumatic brain injury (TBI) to polytrauma.

Dr. Rafols is a seasoned instructor, having presented master's level instruction in the occupational therapy program at Florida International University in Miami, Barry University, and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, as well as numerous international, national, and regional conferences. In addition, he is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Florida Occupational Therapy Association, Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists, Reserve Officers Association, and American Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS); and writes for publications such as NEWS–Line for Occupational Therapists and COTAs and OT Practice. Dr. Rafols assumed a new position in July 2012 at South University, West Palm Beach, Florida, as the program director of a blinded Occupational Therapy Doctorate. His interests include growing tropical fruit in a small farm located in southwest Miami–Dade County and partnering with NGOs to empower underserved countries with clinical education and hands–on intervention.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.

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Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants




Overall:     4.2

Total Reviews: 100


Lori H - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"I enjoyed the personal twist he put on material to drive it home."

Jacqueline A - RALEIGH, North Carolina

"I enjoyed this webinar! It is culturally-relevant, insightful, incorporated activity analysis (Core for OT), and most of all will definitely enhance my practice! The test questions were clear and concise, as well as, consistent with the material presented. Thank you"

Theresa P - GALVESTON, Texas

"Instructor was well versed in this area!"

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