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Webinar: Interventions to Support Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, Grief) During a Pandemic
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Join us for a FREE webinar for members entitled "Interventions to Support Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, Grief) During a Pandemic". Special thanks to our bronze business member, RehabCare for presenting.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Leslie Roseboro

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Brenda’s day is usually filled with meals in the cafeteria, games or crafts in the common room, therapy with OT and PT, and frequent visits from family. That schedule came to a screeching halt with the rise of COVID-19 cases. Brenda no longer leaves her room – meals are delivered, therapy is minimal, entertainment consists of endless television programs. Her roommate was abruptly moved out, and her favorite staff members no longer have time for conversation. Family can only wave at her through her window. Brenda’s normally happy demeanor has steadily declined. Brenda is just one of the many patients whose quality of care has been drastically altered. In the necessity to protect patients from exposure to the virus, the social isolation has led to unintentional consequences.

This presentation will focus on behavioral health issues that are increasing due to social isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important for caregivers to stay focused on patients to quickly identify changes in mood due to social isolation. Rehabilitation has a role in evaluating the physical issues as well as behavioral health issues that are on the rise due to social isolation. An individualized, person-centered plan is developed by rehabilitation and education is provided to the staff for keeping resident’s engaged in meaningful activities to keep them functioning at their highest level and improving quality of life.


Kathy Adkins OTR/L, CPC-A, RACT-CT, CDP
Director of Quality, RehabCare

Throughout her career, Kathy Adkins OTR/L has practiced Occupational Therapy across the continuum of care including: home health, pediatrics, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, pulmonary rehab, mental health and long term care. In her role as Director of Quality for RehabCare, Kathy co-developed the new Right Path Program on Behavioral Health called Hope Conquers. She has presented at national and state conferences on a variety of topics including PDPM, documentation, standardized assessments, reimbursement/regulatory issues, mentorship programs, and positioning. She co-presented on Functional Positioning for the Geriatric patient at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville TN in September of 2014.

Kathy is on the Advisory Board for the OTA program and an Ambassador for Madisonville Community College. She serves as a volunteer on the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association in reimbursement issues. Kathy earned her LSVT Big Certification in 2018, Certified Professional Coder (Apprentice) in 2019, Resident Assessment Coordinator (RACT-CT) in 2019, Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in 2020. Kathy is a member of Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Academy of Professional Coders and American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination. She earned her BS in Occupational Therapy from Baker College.

Leta Kant, PT
Director of Quality, RehabCare

Leta Kant, PT has 35 years of clinical and operational experience working with all ages in a variety of settings. During the past ten years of her career, she has worked exclusively with the geriatric population in skilled nursing facilities. Leta has provided extensive education on Seating & Positioning, Fall and Restraint Management, Neurodevelopment Techniques, and various other clinical topics across the country for RehabCare. She recently co-developed RehabCare’s comprehensive behavioral health program, training SNF administrative, clinical and support staff members in this important area. Kathy was an assistive technology director for seven years where she gained extensive experience in wheelchair seating and positioning needs for individuals who utilized both manual and powered mobility. She co-presented at the 2013 International Seating Symposium and at the APTA Combined Sections in 2014 and 2015. She has been an active member of the APTA, including the Geriatric Section and a member of RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America). She holds a certification in NDT (Neurodevelopment Treatment) and received her ATP certification (Assistive Technology Practitioner) in 2008. Leta is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

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