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  • The Best Place I've Worked

    “This is the best place I’ve worked in my entire adult life.” I've been working in staff training for the past year and a half. This was my opening when I introduced myself and the company I work for, the same company that I must now leave in order to move to England. It is not just a line. It really is the best place I've ever worked. It is a ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on September 2, 2009
  • CT Nursing Home Lawsuits Involve Lack of PT

    There's an interesting story out of Connecticut from this weekend. It involves a nursing home facing lawsuits for neglecting two patients, both of whom died. In the first, part of the argument is that the client did not receive ''medically necessary physical therapy,'' though no physical therapists are named in the lawsuit. The story contends ...
  • Patients are Getting Sicker

    I've noticed something over the last several months. The patients I've been treating are sicker and more involved than they were even two years ago. I'm not sure when this started or why.  But it's been happening and gradually getting worse. The patients I see today are sicker, more medically complex and have poorer prognoses.  They are ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 8, 2009
  • Functional Matters

    We have a new lunch table topic at work. Another therapist and I had seen the same patient a week apart. She performed the initial evaluation. I performed a re-evaluation a few days later. Our objective values were about the same. She put the patient on caseload. I didn't.  Her reasoning was that the patient needed to get out ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 14, 2009
  • You Must Like Where You Work

    Last week an OT scolded me. She found out I have McKenzie credentials and couldn't believe I was working in a hospital. She told me I had to be in an OP setting treating spine patients. She even asked me why I was working in a hospital.  Shouldn't I be using those skills to treat spine patients? For her information, I work in a hospital ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 23, 2008
  • Society Needs to Rethink Elder Care

    I've noticed a disturbing trend when developing discharge plans for elderly patients. Families aren't as involved as they once were. When I first practiced therapy discharge plans weren't a problem. Families took patients home to care for them. Sometimes home health was needed. But the bulk of care was provided by the ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 9, 2008
  • A Visit to Outpatient Land

    Last week I had an opportunity to do something I rarely get to do. I worked in an OP ortho clinic. Since I usually work in acute care or SNFs it was a nice change of pace. I got a chance to visit OP land. Yet, by the time the day ended I was wondering why so many therapists want to work in this setting. I was ready to go ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 27, 2008
  • The Family Issue

    Last weekend I was reminded of why I hate visiting hours. I went to treat a patient who had family in her room.  Usually I let the patient decide if the family can stay. This time the family decided for the patient. Not only did they decide to stay they interfered with what I was trying to do. The patient was an elderly woman with ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 7, 2008
  • What if I Won the Lottery?

    Today at lunch we talked about what we would do if we won the lottery. Almost every one said she would continue to work but not at her current job. A couple said they would stay home and be mom. An ST said she would volunteer her time to help uninsured children. Others said they would still work but fewer hours. The difference, we decided, was ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 11, 2008