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March 2013 - Posts

COTA Thoughts

Caseload Craziness
March 27, 2013 11:23 AM by Tim Banish
So at work this week one of my schedules had five patients on it. Four of these were in the facilities locked unit, meaning their major diagnosis was Alzheimer's or dementia. Three of the four refused to do any therapy without a lot of coaxing and encouragement. Read More...
Memorable Patients
March 23, 2013 11:11 AM by Tim Banish
Just this week I had a patient who made my day. This person was very friendly, willing to participate addressing all of their goals, and had some great stories. It made the entire treatment pass so quickly I went way over the scheduled time. But this Read More...
Survey Time
March 21, 2013 7:54 PM by Tim Banish
How do things go in your LTC building when the state survey team walks in the door for their annual visit? I tend to find that projects get started, more staff is visible, and the pace picks up. Of course the home is aware of when the survey will happen, Read More...
Computerized Documentation
March 15, 2013 9:42 AM by Tim Banish
Computerized documentation and tracking for therapy have been around for some time now. Advancements in programming and internet access have helped create many new programs directed towards the therapy world. With the latest change at work I am wondering Read More...
LTC Work Wear
March 10, 2013 4:03 PM by Tim Banish
What type of clothing do you wear to work in a long term care setting? Over my years I have seen everything from a dress shirt/tie and three piece pant suits to scrubs and jeans. With the different activities we address as COTAs in LTC there are different Read More...
Hygiene in the Clinic
March 5, 2013 7:08 PM by Tim Banish
At work today another staff member cautioned me to wash my hands often, as there seemed to be a bug in the building. Back in school I remember the importance that was stressed with proper hand washing techniques, before and after treatment with each patient, Read More...