Categories: General Date: Aug 12, 2011 Title: 2 VNA Physical Therapists Are The Only Physical Therapists in Maine to Achieve CEEAA Certification
Bill Anderson, PT, and Bernadette Kroon, PT, are the only two people who have obtained the Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults certification in Maine and they are both at VNA!
Imagine being cared for by someone who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Imagine that this person is also one of only two physical therapists in Maine certified in the unique physical challenges faced by aging adults.
As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the highest levels of care to our clients, VNA Home Health Hospice supports and recognizes the continuing education of our employees. In particular, we celebrate the latest accomplishments of Bernadette Kroon on the recent completion of her Doctor of Physical Therapy.
VNA is fortunate to have physical therapists of the highest caliber. In addition to Kroon, Bill Anderson is currently Maine’s only Geriatric Certified Specialist. Taking their commitments to their profession even further, Kroon and Anderson have each earned the designation of Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults from the American Physical Therapy Association -- the only PTs in Maine to do so. Their dedication to the wellbeing of their clients is one of the reasons why VNA is on the leading edge of home care.
“This means that we will be using the most updated procedures and protocols/treatment pathways to help clients improve their functional status to the greatest amount achievable. While younger adults have experts to consult, elders did not – til now”, explains Anderson. “Now we are specially trained in the care of the older adult from rehab to wellness.”
About Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
All physical therapists with the Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) credential demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. To attain the credential of CEEAA, participants must complete formal didactic education and participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, and critical thinking. Three courses of two days address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery.
The Section on Geriatrics, APTA supports those therapists, assistants, and students that work with an aging population in roles of advocacy, direct patient care, consultation, supervision, and education. The Section on Geriatrics was formed in 1978 to address the needs of the physical therapy practitioner working with the aging client. The Section represents and serves over 5,200 members with a wide array of services and benefits. Section on Geriatrics, APTA 3510 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53704