Creighton University-Hillcrest’s Geriatric Residency Program has been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), making it the first official residency program of its kind in Nebraska and the 14th nationwide.
In collaboration with Creighton University, the program offers a geriatric clinical residency program for physical therapists interested in specializing in skills to address numerous health issues concerning the aging adult, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence and more.
“We are proud to be the first in the state to offer this type of residency,” said Grace Knott, PT, GCS, administrator of Hillcrest Physical Therapy. “The American Physical Therapy Association strongly encourages new graduates to consider applying for and completing a post-professional residency program like ours, so this is ideal for therapists planning to work with the elder population. Through this specialized program, the residents will be better equipped to develop an individualized program to help restore mobility, reduce pain and increase fitness in older adults.”
The residency program, now in its second year, currently has two residents who will receive three hours of clinical mentoring each week during their 28 clinical hours at Hillcrest while also advancing their knowledge in the specialization through didactic education at Creighton University for 12 hours.
During the year-long residency program, the residents rotate through Hillcrest’s multiple service lines, experiencing clinical work in the full continuum of health services offered by Hillcrest: short-term, post-acute rehabilitation, outpatient therapy services, home care and skilled nursing. At the end of the residency, the therapists are eligible to take the board certification exam of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties to become a certified geriatric clinical specialist (GCS).
Hillcrest Health Services offers the region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and private duty home care, palliative care, telehealth services, and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,000 aging adults daily across nine counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.hillcresthealth.com.