Seminar Detail

Dementia: Evaluation, Documentation & Intervention Essentials

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Attend this cutting-edge seminar and learn how to be successful from your first encounter with a patient with dementia, through the therapy process to discharge. You will learn the stage at which the patient is presenting – this often overlooked essential piece of the puzzle will open the door to success as this information provides the knowledge base of what “spared capabilities” are still available to work with. Learn the answers to:
  • When is it time to stop saying “Don’t you remember”?
  • When does vision become affected creating a fall risk?
  • When does confusion cause negative behaviors?
  • When does communication break down?

Discover evaluation and documentation essentials – including how to establish medical necessity, the #1 denial reason – so that it will pass reimbursement standards. You will learn interventions for mobility, communication, socialization, behavior. Video clips will demonstrate hands-on techniques. You will leave with:
  • five evidence-based interventions that will dramatically impact successful outcomes
  • documentation skill building, including goal writing (guided by information from Recovery Audit Contractors)
  • the fundamentals of medical necessity
  • how to write Functional Maintenance Plans that Medicare has implemented

  1. Describe the difference between normal aging vs. dementia.
  2. Identify how to stage a patient with dementia and understand use of ‘spared capabilities’ to achieve goals.
  3. Explain medical necessity and take the mystery out of documentation.
  4. Identify long and short term goals for four primary areas: mobility, communication, socialization and behaviors.
  5. Describe evidence-based interventions and strategies for successful outcomes.
  6. Define a Functional Maintenance Plan at the conclusion of therapy.


Peggy Watson, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population. She currently works for Select Rehabilitation Hospital, Denton, Texas. Watson specializes in non-pharmacological dementia management using evidence-based interventions, including the areas of Validation, Reminisce, Spaced Retrieval, Sensory and Montessori. Watson shares her vast knowledge through a compelling presentation complete with personal experiences, videos and an interactive goal writing lab. She and her colleague, Nancy Shadowens, developed this dementia program and the course has been successful on all levels of expectation for all settings including inpatient and outpatient. Watson and Shadowens co-authored an article published in Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists. They have co-written two books, one for therapists, providing a step-by-step guide to achieve successful outcomes, Dementia Therapy & Program Development; and one for caregivers, Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit. Watson has presented this dementia program nationally and internationally, and for state and national conventions. She is licensed in the states of Texas and Colorado and is a member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy PLLC, a company founded to be a resource for therapists responsible for helping people with dementia achieve their highest level of function.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Peggy Watson receives compensation as co-owner and author for Consultants in Dementia Therapy. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Peggy Watson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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