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  • Retirement Thoughts

    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 mortgage. About 50% of people age 62 still have a mortgage. If you draw money from a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 13, 2013
  • Rural Therapy

    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 my first job as a COTA, driving around rural Missouri providing therapy in small hospitals, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on September 8, 2013
  • Things to Know About the Affordable Care Act

    October 1st is the official sign up start for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. There are some things you will need to know before that time, especially if you purchase your own medical insurance. If you have medical insurance provided through your workplace, not much will affect you immediately. However future ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 30, 2013
  • Continuing Education in the Old Days

    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 in what you want to make it. Before the days of internet education, we actually had to go to ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 23, 2013
  • Doctors Opting Out of Medicare

    Hello Readers. Sorry I've been gone for a while. From now on I will be posting a new blog every Friday. More rules and smaller reimbursement rates lead to frustrated doctors who have begun to opt out of participation with Medicare. The number of doctors deciding to not participate has tripled in the last three years. At the same time, some ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 11, 2013
  • Are Long-Term Care Providers Passing the Buck?

    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 is passing off things for the next provider. New diabetics usually get one quick ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 15, 2013
  • I Miss…

      The one good thing I can say about retirement is the hours are great. I can show up any time I want without getting into trouble!   However, I really miss working with people. Every day as a COTA was something new, a new patient, a big gain with a patient, or just that one person who said the right thing to make your day. ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 25, 2013
  • COTA Salaries and Hours

      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 over my years as a COTA, but that's another story.   Yes the pay is decent as a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 19, 2013
  • The Other Side

      Working for so many years as a therapist I always knew my side of the bed. You always wonder about many of your patients though, how did they get here, what have they been through, what do they think and expect being on the other side, in the bed?   Over my years I have definitely seen my share of poor care, patients with bed ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 14, 2013
  • COTA Schools and Jobs

      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 more interviews before landing a job.   I do see changes in Medicare happening, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 11, 2013
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