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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
  • Yoga and Mindfulness in OT

    ''The Impact of Yoga on Activity Patterns of Individuals with Sedentary Occupations” was presented by Erin Phillips, OTD, OTR/L, CYT, and Calista Crouthamel MOTS, RYT, on Saturday morning. The short course was designed to help occupational therapists understand the role of yoga and mindfulness in the occupational therapy profession and how ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 13, 2016
  • Stroke and Short Term Memory

    Though more of a lark than a night owl, and seldom staying awake late enough to enjoy late night television, I remember in the early 1990s people were talking about one of the comical characters on NBC's popular show Saturday Night Live, Mr. Short Term Memory. On some online lists, Mr. Short Term Memory was considered one of the show's ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 8, 2016
  • The Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy (NET) Program

    I recently took a trip to Allentown, Pa. to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors, and learn about a breakthrough program that will pave a more sufficient path for patients with Dementia and other cognitive impairments. The Neurocognitive ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 24, 2015
  • 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
  • Dealing with Death

    One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • 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
  • Crafts and Activities in OT

      Something that was really missed from my early days in OT is the use of crafts. My schooling included two semesters of Media, which entailed all forms of craft making related to specific diagnoses. These days with tight budgets there are very few craft activities used in OT treatment.   Going back to the early days of OT, crafts ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 7, 2013
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

      News of fraud and abuse in our healthcare system appears frequently these days. Between scams, double billing and code jamming many dollars are illegally claimed from the system. Whether it be from Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company, one thing is certain, the honest consumers pay for it.   Just recently the Medicare Fraud ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 31, 2013
  • prn COTA Work

      Working as a COTA in a prn status has its advantages, but it also has it disadvantages too. As much as the flexibility of setting your own schedule is nice, some days there is no need for extra help.   So working prn status you can set the hours and days you prefer to work. That is nice for times when you need a day off for a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on April 6, 2013
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