Practice Advice & Frequently Asked Questions

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Anyone can contact the College for confidential practice advice. The College has a team of physiotherapists ready to answer your call or email and you can ask about anything related to physiotherapy.

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Practice Advice Question

Question:

If I am providing home-care to a patient who has Alzheimer's Disease, do I need to document the patient's consent every time I treat?

Answer:

A patient who has Alzheimer’s Disease can be in an early or a late phase of the disease. The PT needs to determine what part of the physiotherapy program the patient can understand, including the benefits, risks and alternatives of treatment (including if no treatment is provided). If the PT believes the patient is unable to understand the proposed physiotherapy plan the PT defers to the Substitute Decision Maker (SDM).  

The SDM can consent to a plan of care that includes more than one session. 

You should keep a record of the physiotherapy program that was discussed and consented to by either the patient or the SDM. 

Providing and Refusing Care Standard

Consent Resource