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May 2014 - Posts

Life of a PTA

The Art of Distraction
by Allison Young
I recently had a routine but painful dental procedure performed by my good-natured dentist. As I sat, gripping the armrests of the exam chair, the dentist attempted to distract me (in vain) with small talk about my family and the "crazy Spring weather Read More...
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Midlife Crisis
by Allison Young
Last month I was lucky enough to celebrate turning the age of 40. One would assume, as I did, that working with the geriatric population on a daily basis for years by this point would give me a healthy perspective on aging. In general, I like to think Read More...
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Increasing the Fall Risk
by Allison Young
Every week I'll perform therapy screens on long-term care patients at the skilled nursing facility where I work. Often, this is a result of a patient's recent falling episode or general decline in transfer safety. Typically the patient, whether modified Read More...
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Aide Staff Appreciation
by Allison Young
Having worked in the skilled nursing setting for a number of years now, I'm always struck by how much I have to communicate with the nursing aide staff. Whether it pertains to a patient's transfer status or what time a shower is scheduled, I'm constantly Read More...
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Recognizing Depression
by Allison Young
Recently, I approached one of my patients for therapy participation and was quickly given a decline. Up to this point, the patient (who newly arrived to the skilled nursing facility a few days prior) had been agreeable to therapy. The refusal was quick Read More...
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