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COTA Thoughts

Is It Friday Yet?
September 5, 2014 8:59 AM by Tim Banish
A question every worker asks sometimes as early as Wednesday, maybe earlier depending on how the week has gone. Even in my last few years working as a COTA, only working part time, I asked that question more than a few times. Were you aware that in the Read More...
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...
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...
Hooray for AOTA
August 15, 2014 9:13 AM by Tim Banish
I'm sure most of you know I'm not a big supporter of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) ever since the changes back in 1998. And as much as I'm not a member, never signed up for any emails or communication from them, an email arrived yesterday Read More...
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...
All for Profit
July 18, 2014 9:21 AM by Tim Banish
I'm not sure if anyone has seen the latest reports on fast food chains, but their greed for profits has decreased their overall ratings. One of the largest chains scored in the teens as far as quality of food and customer satisfaction. Some are trying Read More...
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...
Alzheimer’s Test
May 23, 2014 11:57 AM by Tim Banish
Alzheimer's is one of the top ten causes of death. There is no cure or prevention. People affected by it normally display gradual symptoms of memory loss, leading towards total loss of control of many bodily functions up to death. Most people who suffer Read More...
The Cost of Affordable Healthcare
March 28, 2014 9:03 AM by Tim Banish
As much as anyone, I believe that healthcare should be available to anyone and everyone. That is the basis of the Affordable Care Act; however it seems to have its negative side as well. In this case taking the good with the bad is costing Americans a Read More...
Retire Comfortably
March 21, 2014 9:03 AM by Tim Banish
In my last blog I addressed the proposed reduction of Social Security increases. As much as that cut got left on the table during the national budget talks, it probably won't be long before Congress figures out a way to pin it to another bill. That will Read More...
Social Security Misses Budget Cut
March 14, 2014 1:40 PM by Tim Banish
If you've been keeping an eye on things happening in Washington that never receive national news attention you might have missed this one. As much as I keep up on happenings on budget cuts, especially with Social Security, this one slipped by me. As always, Read More...
Billions of Social Security Dollars Stolen
January 24, 2014 9:44 AM by Tim Banish
After the latest group of people was indicted trying to fraud Social Security for disability payments they didn't qualify for, Congress is asking for a total review of the agency's management practices. The saddest part of this is the fact that a number Read More...
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...
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...
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...