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COTA Thoughts

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...
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...
July 25, 2014 10:06 AM by Tim Banish
I still receive emails from people asking about COTA jobs and schools. I had one just recently asking about entering the field into pediatrics. As much as I hated to steer someone away from entering the profession, I had to make them aware of the few Read More...
Productivity and Pay
July 4, 2014 11:09 AM by Tim Banish
For those who work in Long Term Care (LTC) we've all been troubled at one time or another with that nasty word productivity. I still can't believe it's expected to maintain such high numbers when the job entails dealing with people and all the things Read More...
What Social Security Means
June 27, 2014 11:05 AM by Tim Banish
Once you retire and begin to draw Social Security benefits many things can change for you. You may be set financially at first, but as the months roll by and those small checks arrive you may find your bank account shrinking. Lots of retirees work now Read More...
The Revolving Door
June 23, 2014 9:34 AM by Tim Banish
One thing I used to see working Long Term Care therapy was the repeat offenders, or the Part B patients that seemed to need therapy every few months. Some would have a hospital stay which placed them back to Part A, or skilled status patient. But it seemed Read More...
Are They OK at Home?
May 30, 2014 10:58 AM by Tim Banish
If you work in Long Term Care (LTC) you've probably had patients that talk about nothing but going home. There are some who fulfill that desire, some who don't. Then there are the ones who you really think shouldn't go home alone but with help they should 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...
Tools of the Trade
May 9, 2014 9:44 AM by Tim Banish
The tools we use on a daily basis to rehab our patients plays an important part of meeting their goals. Equipment in the gym such as weights, exercise bands, and the like are used frequently. In addition there are other tools and equipment needed to successfully Read More...
My Grumpy Old Patient
February 28, 2014 8:46 AM by Tim Banish
If you work with patients that are in the geriatric range you know that some can be quite grouchy, mostly the result of them being unhappy due to the aging process. This is something that I always had to keep in mind as I worked with people, especially Read More...
Everything’s Covered, Except…..
November 22, 2013 8:37 AM by Tim Banish
You're an older person and you had a medical issue and now it's time to get some rehab. The natural place to go is a long term care facility (nursing home) where you have meals, a bed and therapy all in one. With private insurance and Medicare you believe Read More...
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...
Medical Insurance for Retirees
September 20, 2013 10:53 AM by Tim Banish
It looks like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has developed another plus for our senior citizens. With the current changes in healthcare coverage coming with ACA some companies have changed the way they plan to fund retirement medical benefits. Several Read More...
Retirement Thoughts
September 13, 2013 10:56 AM by Tim Banish
So when you retire will you still work? Isn't retirement supposed to be when you can stop working? The problem is many people who plan to retire early are not financially ready to make that transition. The first thing that you'll need to consider is your Read More...
Rural Therapy
September 8, 2013 8:48 AM by Tim Banish
I just returned from a trip out to the Midwest visiting family. They live in a small town with a population of around 4,000 people. Towns out there are miles apart, and the closest city for major shopping is almost an hour away. That got me thinking about Read More...