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  • Errorless Learning for Memory Impairment

    Guest post written by Rachel Wynn, MS, CCC-SLP Let's start with a story that takes place in a SNF where I worked. The tight quarters of a small therapy gym and rehab wing, allowed for easy co-treating and observation of my fellow therapists' treatment, which I found incredibly valuable as a new graduate. I noticed when a very gentle occupational ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Will Social Security be Enough?

      As a COTA I did enjoy earning a fair wage, however like most people in this economy found it difficult to put a good chunk away for retirement. We have many excuses, but with the financial outlook of Social Security and Medicare it is time to begin taking a serious look at your financial well-being.   It is difficult to save any ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 4, 2013
  • Social Security

      Were you aware that there are 54.8 million people in the U.S. receiving Social Security benefits? That is 17.6% of our population. With the baby boomer generation adding to those numbers daily, the fund could be depleted by 2033.   Began in 1935 by Congress to provide ''old age benefits'' for families, workers and employers ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 24, 2013
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