Update your Care Plan: Heart Failure

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Update your Care Plan: Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure is an intimidating and devastating condition, for patients and caregivers alike. Rehabilitation for those with Heart Failure is under-represented, and often part of a ‘cardiac rehab’ protocol- though the needs of those with HF can be very different.

This seminar provides an overview of Congestive Heart Failure, updated evidence and treatment pathways, and information that therapists and nurses working with patients will find practical and usable. CHF affects 23 million people worldwide, and over 6 million people in the US alone. Increasingly, people with CHF are receiving post-acute care in rehabilitation hospitals and at home, and the clinicians caring for them need up-to-date and effective information to provide the best care possible.

Presented by a physical therapist with years of experience in in-patient rehab (acute and sub-acute) and home-care, this course discusses common fears and misconceptions, debunks myths related to treatment, and provides the participant with education to make informed decisions about the plan of care they design.  Useful ‘cheat sheets’, assessment tools, supplies and an extensive manual inform the package that is included with this practical and user-friendly seminar.

We have adapted this information to then be immediately applicable to the clinician working in the home, with tools and resources that can be used the next day!

Update your Care Plan: Heart Failure


0:00:00- 0:10:00 – Introduction: Learning goals, outcomes of the class

0:10:00 – 0:35:00 – Mythbusters and Evidence Overview

0:35:00 – 0:55:00 – What is Heart Failure?

0:55:00 -1:15:00 – Treatments and Guidelines

1:15:00 – 1:40:00 – Clinical Pathways

1:40:00 – 1:55:00- Community Resources

1:55:00 – 2:00:00- Conclusion and Looking ahead

Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate the different types of heart failure, and how to identify them in clinical practice.
  • Distinguish how to proceed with treatment based on the New York Heart Association Functional Classification scale.
  • Identify co-morbidities that are highly correlated with heart failure and their implications on clinical practice.
  • Review a comprehensive review of the literature related to clinical pathways and treatment of heart failure.
  • List resources for patients and caregivers, to identify risk factors and warning signs associated with heart failure.
  • Review an individualized treatment plan based on history and assessment findings presented in case studies.
  • Identify continued care and community support, and their role in heart failure rehab.

What makes Update your care plan: Heart Failure different?

As a clinician working with patients who have a variety of conditions, including heart failure, you need practical and effective skills and information to bring to this population. This is a short, powerful online webinar- you will leave with a good working knowledge of CHF, how to upgrade your plan of care, and be armed with tools and resources that you will be able to implement immediately.

An exclusive and copyrighted manual, resources, and cheat sheets are included with course admission; and will ensure that the information you learn can be translated back into practice the very next day.

ARC also provides thorough follow up post seminar, as it is our mission to provide practical education to the busy healthcare professional. An online support group that you will access after attending an ARC Seminar will give you support and continued education, as well as peer interaction and guidance for carrying out interventions and troubleshooting. ARC Consultants can also be reached for personal guidance and to make sure that your education is paying for itself.

Meet your presenter!

Ruth Polillo, MSPT, CBIS: Ruth graduated with a Master of Science in Physical therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2005, and has gained experience in every setting a therapist can work in.  The majority of her career has been spent in acute inpatient rehab where she was able to find her passion for brain injury and neurological rehab as well as developing a special interest in Vestibular rehab.  She has also worked in home-care and sub-acute care and is currently Therapy Director at a Sub-acute care facility in Pennsylvania. She received the title of Certified Brain Injury Specialist from the American Brain Injury Association in 2013.  Ruth has been directly involved in initiation and development of specialized programs as both a staff therapist and in leadership roles.

Disclosures: Financial- Ruth is reimbursed as a presenter by ARC Seminars. Non-financial- Ruth has no relevant non-financial disclosures.

Who should attend?

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Caregivers
  • Nursing Aides/Techs


I appreciate the handouts!

We see a lot of patients with Cancer in Home care. I appreciate the handouts! Will be helpful in practice


Yes! Proper treatment to all cancer patients

Realistic goals

I will use this information to set realistic goals for these patients with cancer

"I learned many things today that I would not have thought of before!"

Praise for ‘Cancer Care’

"This topic was relevant: we are seeing an increase in number of patients undergoing treatment. I plan to use the modality cheat sheet"

Really appreciated migraine section!

I will exercise these skills as a SLP and educated staff and families on best practices for TBI/Concussion Management. Make more SLP courses please !!- Jennie F., SLP I will be able to use this whenever I have a concussion/TBI patient. Really appreciated migraine section- I did not know much about that! - Don A., OT

I LOVE the laminated handouts!

I will definitely incorporate visual screening, and be able to differentiate headaches. Also, I LOVE the laminated handouts! - Sam A., PT Topic was very relevant- migraines/vestibular- will be able to integrate it into my daily practice. - Peggy F., PT Presenter did a great job!- Renee R., PTA  

Praise for Practical Approaches to Concussion Management

"...This was a great course and very informative. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and concise...This topic was very relevant to my practice in the rehab setting. I will be able to implement knowledge and skills gained in the areas of screenings and tx techniques..."- N.L.- SLP "...It was nice that you brought in equipment for us to try out and experience..." C.L.- SLP "...will help me incorporate evaluation, screening, and aid in implementing/setting up TBI protocol/mild concussion..." -R.M.-OTRL "really appreciated the migraine section!" D.A. -OTRL

…Feedback from patients and students…

I never knew my edema could be treated- I just thought I has to "live with it". Thank you so much for taking this time to educate me about my health. Patient -DM Wonderful Seminar, Well Done!- SZ Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting- GF Great Class. Enjoyed the smaller class size- SH Excellent Presenter. Well Organized. I would recommend this course and speaker to others. -DF

Testimonial from Physicians

I attended this course in August of 2017, and was very impressed by the information given and the physical training. With my background in osteopathy, I have learned manual techniques before, but a manual and hands-on approach to the management of commonly seen edema was novel, and extremely useful to me. I would recommend any nurse, therapist, or fellow physician who deals with patients struggling with edema (of any sort) attend this seminar and be educated in this up-to-date, insightful approach to edema management.

Iocation is great and presenter is awesome

Informative and I can apply my knowledge and skills in my daily practice. It answers my doubts and queries and become more competent. Location is great and presenter is awesome

…will impact my practice in home care…

It was an excellent course. It was an area I did not have much knowledge but it will impact my practice in home care.

Very informative and enjoyable

Very informative and knowledgeable. Enjoyed this seminar very much Great talk! -Gil S, D.O/Medical Director Great seminar, very helpful! -N.D. OTR/L Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting! Gail F., OTRL

…has empowered me to take more initiative…

This was such an informative and beneficial seminar for our caseload and has empowered me to take more initiative in our program to assess edema. Thanks

One of the best courses I’ve been to!

Very well ran. One of the best courses I've been to. Presenter was very patient with repetitive questions, and re-directing back to task. Able to appropriately answer questions. -Jill D-PTA Excellent course! JR-PT Loved the course! Very tailored to inpatient rehab. Thanks! Great course! Very informative material provided and very helpful hands on lab with a lot of resources provided. Tara E- PT

Organized way of presenting

Organized way of presenting to audience. Instructor had a great way of explaining topics with different analogies with the different types of learning techniques. Melanie F-OTR

Fantastic course!

Fantastic course! Excellent instructor, detailed and applicable material, helpful hands-on practice. 5 stars! S.G.- PT

…labs were great…

Course was very informative and labs were great for hands-on and becoming more comfortable

thank you!

Excellent course, thank you ARC!

excellent presenter

Eimile is an excellent presenter, she engaged the class and provided positive feedback and recommendations that students can use with patients. Thank you. -Khuy B- OT Great and informative! -Sharon K- OTR Very interesting and applicable. Great instructor. -Angela V, PT Very Well, will attend future courses. Information very well presented. -Fay V OTR/L

BEST class I have ever taken

Honestly, BEST class I have ever taken as a continued education course! So applicable and educational!

Very relevant!

Very relevant! I will use all the techniques learned today, and specifically enjoy all the educational resources given! Thx!

…Praise for ‘Update Your Care Plan: Balance Rehab”…

Very Well Presented!- G.F., Occupational Therapist Great Course! Love the handouts!- K.R, Physical Therapist Very Well organised and concise. Good, practical ideas for treatment- V.P, Physical Therapist Very good and evidence-based review- Thank you!- Lisa B., Occupational Therapist

Up to date, engaging, and hands on content

We have worked with Emily and Ruth on two courses the past few months and have had a great experience on both occasions.  ARC seminars provides up to date, engaging, and hands on content that my clinicians are excited to bring back to their patients to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.  We look forward to working with them again in the future to introduce additional treatment approaches for some of our most challenging patient populations.

Follow Up and Online Support

After you have attended the seminar, you will have access to an online community of other therapists and professionals for support and guidance in the development of your own, in-house program. The presenters at ARC Seminars will always be available to answer your questions and provide help with your work!

Contact us here to arrange an on-site consultation, or to seek support and assistance!

Relevant Disclosures:

Financial- Ruth is compensated as an instructor by ARC Seminars.

Non-financial- Ruth has no non-financial conflicts of interest, or relevant disclosures.


We are committed to accessibility of education for all our learners, and have made every effort to make sure that all aspects of our courses are considered in order to ensure accessibility to all. However, if you require special accommodations, please contact Emily Cahalan at emily@arcseminars.net at least 7 days prior to course commencement, to ensure that your requirements are met.

Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Units

This seminar contains introductory content.

Speech and Language Pathologists: ARC Seminars is an ASHA Approved Provider of Continuing Education.







Occupational Therapists: ARC Seminars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, APP #000087. This course is offered for 0.2 AOTA CEUs.


Physical Therapists: This program has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 2.0 Category 1 contact hour(s). Expiration Date: 02/18/2023.  Approval Number: CS110-2021-APTAKY.  Most other states will accept continuing education offerings that are approved by the APTA.

ARC Seminars is an California Board of Physical Therapy Approved Provider of Continuing Education.

Please contact us at info@arcseminars.net for your specific state requirements.

Completion Requirements

In order to complete this course and receive continuing education units, the participant must:

  • Pay registration fee
  • Sign in and out on the course days on the attendee log
  • Keep camera on at all times (if attending virtually)
  • Complete the post-course evaluation


We at ARC Seminars are committed to bringing you the very best experience possible. 

If you wish to get a refund, or in the unlikely event of a cancellation, please review our Refunds & Cancellation policy.

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