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  • Some Thoughts on Aging and PT

    I started a new class this week about geriatrics and the process of aging.  The opening chapter addresses the definition of aging and theories of why it occurs.  It wasn't very exciting.  I've read most of it before.  The section on increasing life expectancy, on the other hand, made me stop and think.  The text made two ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 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
  • Caregiver Stress

    Now that I've finished up this round of classes, I have time to catch up on everything else.  I finally got to look at the most recent ''Geri-Notes.''  It's the journal of the Geriatric Section of the APTA.  In it was an article by William Staples, PT, DPT, GCS, looking at the stresses of care giving.  I've often found myself ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 10, 2009
  • Home Programs

    Home exercise programs are a part of physical therapy. We give them out regularly in just about every setting. A lot of thought and effort goes into developing the best program for each patient. Now that frequency and duration of therapy is decreasing, HEPs are taking on added significance. The more exercises I can get a patient to do at home, the ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 5, 2009
  • Dementia, Part Two

    After asking many of my coworkers, my CI, and other colleagues in the PT field, I've learned a lot this week about working with patients with dementia. Before I started looking into this subject, I wasn't frustrated with dementia patients, or anything like that. Most of my patients are pleasant and cooperative with PT. I just want ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on February 24, 2009
  • Dementia

    So, I really don't know a lot about working with patients who have dementia, but many of my patients are affected with this injury.  Likewise, I have a personal experience of dementia with my great-grandmother.  What I'm wondering is- do you have any tips for me?  Words of wisdom?  Tips or tricks that work, things to look ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on February 17, 2009
  • Please Take Your Medicine

    Yesterday at the barn, an interesting topic came up while we were waiting for a lesson. LH mentioned that her mother had a stroke because she hadn't been taking her blood pressure medication. Her mother recovered, but isn't as sharp as she once was. LH and the others couldn't understand how someone could have high blood pressure and not ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 5, 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
  • Letting Go is Hard

    I've finally made up my mind. My 3-year-old horse is going to his first show this January. This was a tough decision for me. I want him to be ready.  I want him to do well. So I waited until the last minute to make a decision. I know he'll make mistakes. This will be a new experience for him. I can't protect him forever. He was bred to be a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 4, 2008