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COTA Thoughts

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...
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...
Watch Your Back!
February 21, 2014 9:27 AM by Tim Banish
No, I'm not referring to your supervisor or co-worker checking up on you, but injuries to your back. In 2012 there were over 177,000 reported injuries to the back from job related accidents. Numerous methods for back protection exist, but variable circumstances Read More...
Weather Related Injuries
February 7, 2014 11:11 AM by Tim Banish
With all the nasty cold weather the country has been experiencing I'm reminded of a trend noted in my years of working as a COTA. Whether it is long term care or out-patient rehab you work in, one thing for sure is the bad weather can increase your caseload. Read More...
Small Gym, Big Caseload
January 10, 2014 9:58 AM by Tim Banish
Do you work in a facility where the rehab gym is quite small? Or with all the equipment needed for the gym there is hardly any floor space left? Can you comfortably seat 20% of your caseload in the gym at the same time without stepping on feet or over 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...
Continuing Education in the Old Days
August 23, 2013 5:47 PM by Tim Banish
So are you one of the ones that hates having to attend yet another long and boring continuing education class? Over my years as a COTA I attended many classes to get Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Yes some are boring, and repetitious, but it's all Read More...
Detroit's Bankruptcy Will Affect Medicare
August 16, 2013 9:03 PM by Tim Banish
On the news lately has been the City of Detroit filing for bankruptcy, and other than initial impacts it may well have some long term affects too. Other cities are looking at methods of cutting employees medical insurance costs, and seek to end insurance Read More...
Are Long-Term Care Providers Passing the Buck?
July 15, 2013 4:35 PM by Tim Banish
When a person comes to a long term care facility for rehab they are often unaware of what to expect. Everything is different for them, but the staff is there doing their job every day. Staff is trained on their job duties, but a trend I noted before retiring Read More...
COTA Salaries and Hours
June 19, 2013 1:59 PM by Tim Banish
I see many COTAs who enter the profession for the salary. Some may not know what they are getting into; others have done their research and are aware of what the job entails. I definitely know that I was not fully aware of some of the things I would do Read More...
COTA Schools and Jobs
June 11, 2013 11:38 AM by Tim Banish
As the number of schools increase that teach the OTA program, are the graduates able to find jobs? One source I follow says no, but others say they are finding job offers. The one common thread I am finding though is some COTAs are completing three or Read More...
Crafts and Activities in OT
June 7, 2013 10:06 AM by Tim Banish
Something that was really missed from my early days in OT is the use of crafts. My schooling included two semesters of Media, which entailed all forms of craft making related to specific diagnoses. These days with tight budgets there are very few craft Read More...
Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
May 31, 2013 9:40 AM by Tim Banish
News of fraud and abuse in our healthcare system appears frequently these days. Between scams, double billing and code jamming many dollars are illegally claimed from the system. Whether it be from Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company, one thing Read More...
Therapy Tips and Tricks
May 28, 2013 9:45 AM by Tim Banish
After being in therapy for so many years you get to learn a few things. Some are just out of desperation, some are learned from other therapists, and a few are learned from collaboration. Here are a few things I'd like to pass on for others: Wheelchair Read More...
Health and Weight
April 18, 2013 3:10 PM by Tim Banish
Working as a COTA I have noticed more and more people of larger size on my caseload recently. I tend to note that as much as their admitting diagnosis can vary, many have similar health issues. Working with people of size is no different than working Read More...