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  • Don't Count These Patients Out

    It's been a while since I've had more than a few geriatric patients on my caseload. Now that my caseload is all geriatric, I've had to readjust. It's a good thing I didn't forget the first rule of geriatric care. Elderly patients are people, too. They should be treated that way. It's been a nice change. They complain. They tell me they can't do ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 29, 2012
  • A Difficult Encounter

    As a relatively new physical therapist assistant, I accept that I have a monumental amount of knowledge to learn. Trust me; I'm humbled every day by the vast amount of experience I'm gaining and the gap in what I have yet to master. This week alone, I've been lucky enough to work with a young man with TBI and two aphasic massive stroke ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 25, 2012
  • Sitting on My Hands

    As I recently blogged, I've been clinical instructor to a first-rotation PTA student. I share the duty with my colleague, who happened to graduate with me from the same PTA program our student is now attending. To say she is in sympathetic company is a humorous understatement. It was only a short two years ago that we were stressing over clinical ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 18, 2012
  • Exercise Defined

    I don't really follow a lot of political news. I found myself reading a few more political news pieces and articles recently, partly because this is an election year. I came across this article about the John Edwards trial and his defensive strategy relying on the definition of the word ''the.'' This brings back vague memories for me of the Bill ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on May 17, 2012
  • My Morning Coffee Group

    I like to start work early; the earlier the better. Usually this means I start my day alone. I grab the first patient I find out of bed and get started. Not anymore. A few days ago, I was having trouble convincing a patient to come to therapy. In frustration, I offered her a cup of fresh coffee to sip while we were working. Little did I know it ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 15, 2012
  • A Working Schedule

    As of the beginning of April, I reduced my work week from five to four days a week. Initially, I felt guilty that I couldn't ''hack'' a full-time schedule and then I realized I was being far too hard on myself. My usual work day starts around 8:30 in the morning and I'm not coming up for air until 12 or 12:30 for a quick bite to eat and then back ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 27, 2012
  • The Look

    I'm sure many of you have read articles or attended work meetings focused on the topic of communication. Regardless of your work setting, communication is one of the most important pieces of being successful. Knowing information that will help your patient or client is useless if you cannot convey that knowledge to the patient. Obviously, I'm ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on April 26, 2012
  • Team Player

    I vividly remember writing a blog nearly a year ago about the importance of being a member of the ''Skilled Nursing Team'' when it comes to patient care in a large facility. If I remember correctly, I was in awe of the seamless interdisciplinary networks, including nursing, aide staff, PT, OT and social services, who aid each other in the ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 20, 2012
  • Music: The Quickening Art

    A friend recently shared a YouTube video with me that she found truly inspiring. The six-minute video depicts staff members from a ''nursing home'' describing how music can positively stimulate patients who are cognitively and emotionally shut down, as in cases of dementia and other neurological disorders. The diagnosis of the patient featured ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 13, 2012
  • I'm Sedentary

    As you well know by now, I am officially an outpatient physical therapist. I previously worked in acute care, and wrote a blog a while back about how much I walked on a daily basis. It was almost five miles on a typical acute day. As I mentioned in that blog, walking around the hospital, to various patient's rooms, to the therapy department for ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on April 12, 2012
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