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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
  • New Home Health Bill Recognizes OT

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., has issued a press release revealing that on Dec. 8, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Medicare Home Heath Flexibility Act (S. 2364). This bill would allow home health agencies the flexibility to use the most appropriate skilled rehabilitation ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on December 23, 2015
  • 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
  • COTA Jobs

    I still receive emails from people asking about COTA jobs and schools. I had one just recently asking about entering the field into pediatrics. As much as I hated to steer someone away from entering the profession, I had to make them aware of the few opportunities available in peds for a COTA. With 86% of all COTAs employed in Long Term Care ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • My Grumpy Old Patient

    If you work with patients that are in the geriatric range you know that some can be quite grouchy, mostly the result of them being unhappy due to the aging process. This is something that I always had to keep in mind as I worked with people, especially when I was younger and had an abundance of energy. As I aged it was a bit easier to remember. ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on February 28, 2014
  • 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
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