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  • My Therapeutic Pet Peeve

      I have a pet peeve. Actually I have several. This is one that pops up while I'm at work. What is my pet peeve? It's patients who think going to therapy means going to the bathroom. I'm not talking about those who I bribe with the bathroom to get them out of bed. Nor am I referring to those who would have gone earlier if someone would have ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 25, 2008
  • I Want To Do It My Way

      Anyone who works with elderly patients knows they can be stubborn. They latch on to things from years ago and refuse to change. This becomes obvious when they are receiving PT. I can't count the number of times I've been told ''I always do it that way.''  The ''it'' can be transfers, ambulation, choice of assistive device or shoes. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 18, 2008
  • 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
  • Care Giving is a Two Way Street

    My class is finally coming to an end. The last topic addresses women as caregivers and the stress that results. In the United States, at least 75 percent of home caregivers are women. Depending upon the amount of care required, they can spend up to 16 hours per day providing care. In addition to being caregivers, many have families and jobs. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2008
  • What's Wrong With a Walker?

    Why don't people want to use walkers? I've been asking myself this question a lot lately. I've had several patients who need to use a walker for safety but refuse to use one. Not only did they refuse to use one, but they told me they didn't need one and were offended that I mentioned it. As a therapist, one of my first concerns is safety. When I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 6, 2008
  • Osteoporosis

    This semester my class is about woman's health from midlife to beyond. We're studying disease processes that typically affect older women.  Last week the topic was osteoporosis. I thought that would be pretty basic. It's caused by loss of bone mass. It's treated with weight-bearing exercises. I've never had a patient with that as a sole ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 24, 2008
  • The Right to Decide

    In the May 2008 issue of GeriNotes, William H. Staples PT, DPT, GCS tackles the topic of informed consent and cognitively impaired individuals. Mr. Staples talks about the importance of determining if a patient is capable of giving informed consent. He approaches his topic from the ethics of asking someone-who doesn't have the ability to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 2008
  • Guess Who is Behind the Wheel?

    I got a surprise when I went to work the other day. The electric doors were broken. An elderly woman had backed her car into them. I'm not sure how she did it. She would have had to hop a curve, turn 90 degrees and then hit the accelerator while the car was in reverse. Fortunately she was able to drive away and no one else was hurt. The incident ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 3, 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