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What is Occupational Therapy?
August 29, 2014 11:39 AM by Tim Banish
At one time or another you probably had to answer this question if you attended school to become an Occupational Therapist. I'm still not sure if there is an easy answer to this question as there are so many areas where OTs work. The real confusing part Read More...
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A Milestone
August 20, 2014 1:44 PM by Tim Banish
A milestone is defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. Dealing with our patients as a COTA we often see their progress in small increments, but when they were able to finally achieve one of their long term goals Read More...
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Dealing with Death
August 8, 2014 10:08 AM by Tim Banish
One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people Read More...
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Let Them Eat Cake
August 4, 2014 9:13 AM by Tim Banish
Yes, it's kind of a strange title this week. What I'm referring to is working with people who are nearing the end of their days on this earth. That's something every COTA working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to face sooner or later. I remember one Read More...
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Benefits
July 11, 2014 9:25 AM by Tim Banish
Today the word "benefits" refers to your paid days off, medical coverage, and maybe a 401K. A major benefit of years past was a company pension plan. A pension plan was typically funded solely by the company. The amounts placed in each account usually Read More...
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Stay Healthy
April 25, 2014 3:31 PM by Tim Banish
A big trend these days is Wellness Prevention. Many health insurers are looking at ways to keep their clients healthy in hopes of spending less on doctor and hospital bills. The Affordable Care Act has a part in this, as employers are seeking ways to Read More...
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OT and the ACA
April 4, 2014 9:32 AM by Tim Banish
Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in full force I did some research on how it has affected Occupational Therapy (OT). What I'm seeing is confusing because in some areas OTs are not finding jobs, but in other areas there doesn't seem to be enough Read More...
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Home Health Assessments
March 7, 2014 9:49 AM by Tim Banish
One question that has always come up is if a COTA is allowed to do a home assessment. I'm not sure if all states have similar regulations, but in Ohio the language regarding this is pretty vague. The perception is that an OTR has to do the home assessment Read More...
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Yesterday's Occupational Therapy
January 17, 2014 8:58 AM by Tim Banish
Things have changed in our profession over the years. Between insurance regulations, productivity requirements and Medicare cut-backs the field has become more about dollars than treating people in need. So today I thought I would do a "Throw-back" blog. Read More...
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The Retirement Crisis is Global
January 3, 2014 8:48 AM by Tim Banish
If you think that we have a retirement crisis only here in America, you're wrong. The baby boom after World War II occurred all over the world. Other countries are facing the same increase in numbers of people retiring, which is forcing governments to Read More...
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Changes for Retirees in 2014
December 20, 2013 9:00 AM by Tim Banish
As a retired COTA I'm in that group so I thought it would be nice to share some changes coming next year for people in retirement. As I look back at changes from years past this looks like it may actually be a good year for retirees. First, there will Read More...
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What’s Our Job?
November 8, 2013 8:35 AM by Tim Banish
As a COTA, I've always thought my job was to get people better so they can resume their life. Whatever they need that I, as an OT, can offer to help them achieve that goal is what I want them to have. Of course with geriatric rehab, most of the patients' Read More...
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The Future of COTAs
October 18, 2013 1:56 PM by Tim Banish
Healthcare reform, the economic recession, reduced insurance reimbursements, Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks -- how will this affect the future of the COTA? Some people are quite nervous right now, thinking that Obamacare will eliminate the COTA position. Read More...
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Keeping Positive
October 4, 2013 9:38 AM by Tim Banish
A COTA's daily routine can be stressful, demanding, and physical. Staying in a positive mood during treatments can be difficult many days, but doing so will make you a better therapist. For the patient that will lead to an optimistic experience and improved Read More...
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It’s That Time of Year
October 1, 2013 9:58 AM by Tim Banish
Are you one who faithfully gets your flu shot every year? Or are you one who had a bad experience once and now won't get a flu shot at all? Over my years as a COTA getting an annual flu shot was for two reasons, one reason was for me not to get sick and Read More...
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