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  • Reflections from a One-handed OT

    It's now been 3.5 weeks since I fell on my icy driveway getting into a friend's car to go swimming, fracturing my left wrist; I'm left handed. Typically I'm a very active person in terms of exercise, including walking, biking, swimming and racket sports. I also am a doer, someone who gets out with friends to the symphony and numerous local events. ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 20, 2017
  • Aging in Place: An OT's Testimonial

    Last year I did something I never imagined I'd do. I bought a condo and sold my house. In 1978 with a newborn and a two year old, we bought a three-story home near the heart of downtown in our college town that had been built in 1907. I had so many wonderful memories of raising children there, the garden, the wood-burning stove, and the chance to ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 9, 2017
  • Spinal Stenosis

    One of my relatives, who is in his eighties, shared with me that though he is in excellent health, he was recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He now uses a walker at times to keep him steady on his feet, but he does have a sense of relief that at least now he has a medical explanation for the frequent pain in his lower back, hip and leg. He ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 17, 2016
  • Chair Yoga

    I've written a couple of other blogs here about yoga; one was a general article about the benefits of yoga for our patients and for ourselves, and the other blog was about my experience trying laughter yoga at a local park district event. My personal interest in yoga comes from the fact that I sometimes attend a variety of different kinds of yoga ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 1, 2016
  • Helmets for Falls?

    It seems that I attend a lot of funerals these days, mostly of parents of my friends. At this recent funeral, the deceased had been a lively 93 years old. A bad fall at home and a nasty bump on the head lead to complications that ended her life rather quickly.   At the meal after the funeral service, I shared with a few people that I was an ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on October 27, 2015
  • Preventing Falls

    A friend's father, a robust and relatively healthy man in his eighties, went down to the basement to assess the water damage after recent heavy rains and fell.  One problem lead to another and within about six weeks, he passed away.  We had just been at a barbecue with him right before his fall, and it was hard to imagine such ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on August 31, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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