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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Innovative Treatment Strategies

Published by <p>Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating progressive neuromuscular disease. Knowledge of the advances in equipment, technology, and therapeutic interventions help guide treatment for patients facing ever-changing challenges. This course will review the specific recommendations, equipment, and technology focused on keeping patients engaged in meaningful activities. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Inadequate Fluid Intake in Long Term Care Residents: Prevalence and Determinants (2018)

Published by <p>Previous research suggests that half of the LTC residents may be dehydrated. Dehydration is a form of malnutrition. The treatment of other illnesses can be complicated by dehydration including urinary tract and pulmonary infections, kidney stones, hyperthermia, constipation, orthostatic hypotension, and thrombo-embolic compilation. About 60% of LTC residents are hospitalized for dehydration complications and are […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Impact of Expiratory Strength Training in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (2016)

Published by <p>The authors had 25 participants who were diagnosed with probable or definite ALS, according to the Revised El-Escorial criteria. All of the participants demonstrated reduced maximum expiratory pressure (MEP) when compared to normative data for his/her gender and age. The forced vital capacity was also greater than 60% for all the participants. The authors used […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Sialorrhea (Drooling)

Published by <p>This handout describes the particular challenges of sialorrhea, or excessive salivation, brought on by various conditions in the adult population. The first page describes the condition and its causes. The second page offers an explanation of treatment options. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Dysphagia Exercises for ALS

Published by <p>New research that has found physical activity is not a risk factor for individuals with ALS. When strictly monitored exercise programs are used, they have positive psychological and physiological effects with mild and moderate ALS. This handout will provide some suggested exercises to help your patient’s needs. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Speech Therapy

Published by <p>ALS is a progressive nervous system disease that does not have a cure. Speech therapy can help maintain the quality of life for the person’s communication, respiratory, and swallowing abilities throughout the disease progression as a part of the multidisciplinary team. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

10 Voice Commands for Voice Activated Systems

Published by <p>This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with people who no longer have the mobility or fine motor control to operate phones, computers, lights, blinds, etc. Using voice activated systems (such as the Amazon Echo or the Google Home), these patients can use voice commands to increase independence, reduce reliance on caregivers, and optimize […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>