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  • Re: Medicare froud, troubbled new grad

    Hello to all, &nbsp;I have also been in the same position for most of the last 4 years. It has recently become so bad that I have looked elsewhere (different area of practice altogether) for a new job. The game plan for the rehab companies is to have conference calls, on-site meetings, etc. where all recommendations and team goals are ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on November 12, 2011
  • Re: Occupation: Changing the Paradigm of OT

    As a fellow OT who works in geriatrics, I understand and agree with your post. I would love some ideas for occupation based activities that don't revolve around ADLS which are already done by the time I arrive to work. I am at a point where I am extremely close to burnout working in this setting and I don't know how to turn it around. My residents ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on June 14, 2011
  • Re: geriatric group ideas

    One activity that I recently used with my residents was a gardening activity. Target has small pots of herbs (oregano, basil and chives) that come with seeds and soil pods. We borrowed paints and paint brushed from activities and one week had them paint their pots. The next week they planted their seeds. Now when they come to therapy each day, ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on August 1, 2010
  • Re: Occupation-based practice

    To me occupation based practice depends on your practice setting. For me in LTC it would be working with people on improving self feeding with adaptive equipment or compensatory strategies, low vision adaptations for their rooms for improved safety, etc. Unfortunately, in this setting it is very easy to get into a ''routine'' of treating each ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on August 1, 2010
  • Re: Long Term Care OT

    I totally agree with you. The sad fact is that when that does come to pass and Medicare begins denying those claims someone will have to pay. What you have then is a whole lot of people hating therapy and therapists working in nursing homes because we look like money hungry idiots thinking that we can make grandma with dementia ''better'' with her ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on August 1, 2010
  • Re: Long Term Care OT

    You can reach me at My main questions have to do with our new company that has taken over where I am working. I know a little about Part B's however, the new company wants us to treat our Part B's 5 days a week for 68 or 83 minutes. To me that's unethical, given the reason they are Part B's. My work history seems to be ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on July 15, 2010
  • Long Term Care OT

    I am an OT working in LTC and have many questions about rules and regulations for this setting. I have worked in LTC for 3 years and have run into the same issues in therapy companies, management, etc. If there is anyone who has LTC experience or Medicare experience (rules and guidelines for LTC)&nbsp; I would love to talk to you about my ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on July 8, 2010
  • Re: transitioning from school-based to SNF OT

    Kristen, I have worked in a SNF for 2 1/2 years. I have not transitioned like you are about to, however it was still a major transition from school. What helped me the most was constantly reading and learning about PPS as well as any and every piece of Medicare news that comes along. Also, you want to learn as much as you can about the company ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on February 23, 2010
  • Re: On the search for Group ideas

    Erik, I also did a Level 2 at a mental health setting. I really enjoyed it as well although it took looking back at the whole experience afterwards. The ideas Shavonne gave were great. I wish I had that feedback when I was on my fieldwork. I mainly wanted to reply to your post to reiterate the fact that what you are doing is skilled treatment, ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on February 23, 2010
  • Re: Outpatient Pulmonary Clinic

    Clement, &nbsp;Thanks so much for your suggestions. Currently the RT's that I work with do breathing exercises including diaphragmatic breathing. I&nbsp; have not used any stress management education however so that will definitely be something I will try. I was not familiar with any COPD quality of life tool but I did find the CAT online and it ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by LTC-OT on February 16, 2010
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