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As part of the Jefferson School for Health Professions, Jefferson Elder Care offers certifications for occupational therapists seeking to provide better services for older adults.

Certification Training in Evidence-Based Programs

Jefferson Elder Care offers independent certification training for occupational therapists interested in providing its evidence-based programs. Once certified, OT’s can offer the services for up to two years. Both services can be reimbursed by Medicare Part A or B if the client has a skilled occupational therapy need as determined by a comprehensive occupational therapy evaluation. For more details on the certification process, click on the program name below.

Skills2Care™ (PDF) — a home-based occupational therapy program that improves well-being and skills of family caregivers, slows decline in daily functioning of persons with dementia and reduces challenging behaviors that can trigger nursing home placement.

2013 training dates: November 14 & 15.

2014 training dates: February 13 & 14; May 15 & 16; August 14 & 15; November 13 & 14.

Download the Skills2Care™ Training Registration form for individuals (PDF) or for groups (PDF).

Advanced Practice Certificate in Neurocognitive Disorders

Neurocognitive Disorders: Innovative Practice in Dementia Care is one of five 12-credit advanced practice certificates offered through the Department of Occupational Therapy. The certificate in Neurocognitive Disorders offers clinicians advanced knowledge about cutting-edge developments in research and practice in the field of neurocognitive disorders. Courses are taught by experts in the field including lectures by neurologists and psychiatrists on diagnostic approaches and medical interventions. Learn more on the website here.

Agency Consultation

If your agency or company is seeking to enhance care for persons with dementia and their caregivers, we can help.  We offer customized services including:

  • Needs assessments
  • Comprehensive dementia care training
  • Environmental assessments
  • Tailored care programs

For details on our customized training and workshops, contact Catherine.Piersol@jefferson.edu.