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Life of a PTA

The ‘Co-Treat' Therapy Team
by Allison Young
Last month, I began working with a unique and challenging patient at my facility. The person in question had not been out of bed since early spring, had serious comorbidities including permanent ROM limitation of most joints, chronic pain and (not surprisingly) Read More...
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End-of-Life Therapy
by Allison Young
I recently had a conversation with a small group of close friends and former colleagues who also happen to be PTAs. As we're all kindred spirits at this point, having worked closely together in a SNF setting for years -- we laughed and commiserated over Read More...
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Excuses, Excuses
by Allison Young
Over the past few years, I've written many-a-blog on the subject of patients refusing therapy. I've discussed different approach techniques and tactics, depending on the patient, which might help improve compliance. This week, I was the recipient of (arguably) Read More...
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Mandatory Dementia Training
by Allison Young
I recently was looking for a good read at the library -- anything that would pique my interest and whisk me into a riveting story that related to my life in no way. As it turned out, I passed on the gritty crime fiction novels and historical fiction (my Read More...
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The ‘No Productivity’ Scenario
by Allison Young
I've recently blogged about the potential closing of the long-term care/skilled nursing facility where I work . Although there has been no formal announcement from the administration, census continues to slow and hours have been cut from all departments Read More...
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The 18-Year-Old PTA
by Allison Young
During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from Read More...
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Billing Rapport
by Allison Young
In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted Read More...
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Job Risk
by Allison Young
Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs . The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Read More...
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On the Job Training
by Allison Young
I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate Read More...
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A No-Vacation Summer
by Allison Young
Summer is in full swing as we head into July. The kids are out of school, the sun is out (even in the drippy Pacific Northwest that I call home) and everyone has earmarked their week/s of vacation in the coming month or two. Working full-time in any job, Read More...
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Guarded Conversations
by Allison Young
Recently, in the middle of a treatment session, I had a patient worriedly ask me if the skilled nursing facility where we were working was "going out of business." Considering how random the question was, but more importantly how concerned the patient Read More...
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The Productivity Push
by Allison Young
Once upon a time, not but a short few months ago, I worked in a large corporate-run skilled nursing facility where the productivity of the rehab staff was considered top priority. Even above the recovery of the patients, you may ask? Almost -- with productivity 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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