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  • End-of-Life Therapy

    I recently had a conversation with a small group of close friends and former colleagues who also happen to be PTAs. As we're all kindred spirits at this point, having worked closely together in a SNF setting for years -- we laughed and commiserated over our shared experiences. One of my friends posed the question to us all regarding our opinions ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • Excuses, Excuses

    Over the past few years, I've written many-a-blog on the subject of patients refusing therapy. I've discussed different approach techniques and tactics, depending on the patient, which might help improve compliance. This week, I was the recipient of (arguably) the most creative ''decline'' as to why a patient could not do therapy. As I ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • Mandatory Dementia Training

    I recently was looking for a good read at the library -- anything that would pique my interest and whisk me into a riveting story that related to my life in no way. As it turned out, I passed on the gritty crime fiction novels and historical fiction (my fave!) and picked up a book on caregiving for people with dementia. I was immediately hooked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 29, 2014
  • The ‘No Productivity’ Scenario

    I've recently blogged about the potential closing of the long-term care/skilled nursing facility where I work. Although there has been no formal announcement from the administration, census continues to slow and hours have been cut from all departments -- for the exception of rehab. Due to the fact that we continue to generate revenue for the ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 22, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Billing Rapport

    In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Job Risk

    Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs. The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Initially, the slower-paced, smaller rehab department of a long-term care center was a huge ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
  • Rusty Anatomy

    Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked ''What's this bone called, Mom?'' Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a ''bigger bump'' than herself. I quickly responded ''Well, that's your...'' and in that moment I realized two facts: I could ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • On the Job Training

    I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate to home health or inpatient/acute physical therapy. The first and most often demonstrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 18, 2014
  • Geriatric Advice

    ''I have a positive attitude and I surround myself with positive people. I eat cleanly and have a bowel movement every day -- it makes a difference (wink).'' This wise statement was given to me by a 98-year-old patient when I asked her, ''What is the secret to aging gracefully?'' This particular person did not use an assistive device, walked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
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