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  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Growing a Program

    It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring another person doesn't seem logical, but it is. A good PT aide will get patients up and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 16, 2014
  • Why Are You a Therapist?

    A few days ago, I was preparing a patient for a slide-board transfer from the edge of her bed to the wheelchair. As she was a max-assist with two therapists for this transfer up until this point, we were attempting to progress to a one-person assist and increase her self-initiation. As I reached around her torso and gripped firmly onto the gait ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
  • Avoiding Burnout

    My experience working in a skilled nursing facility has many advantages including autonomy as a therapist, a bustling team atmosphere and working with my favorite group: the tough-as-nails geriatric population. However, being a full-time PTA in a SNF has its drawbacks as well. This could not be better illustrated than by the working day I just ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • Just Keep Moving

    Recently, a coworker of mine introduced me to a quote by Albert Einstein and how appropriately it relates to our patients in the SNF setting: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. For that matter, this quote can be applied to most patients in any PT gym, whether outpatient clinic or post-op ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 17, 2014
  • Now Where Was I?

    Hello there, ADVANCE readers. My name is Allison Young and I've been a PTA for more than two years now in a skilled nursing facility setting. I took a year or two respite from the ''blogosphere'' to concentrate on my career and family with varying degrees of success, which I'll expand on later. To recap quickly, I began my original blog with ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 16, 2013
  • Therapy Buddy

    Group physical therapy was a way to have patients come together and participate in activities where they could encourage one another and watch each other progress. Since the decline in reimbursements for this type of activity, it's no longer economically feasible for facilities and therapists to do this. In some instances, the group coding may ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 23, 2013
  • Question Practices of Care

    I believe we should all question what we do and why we do it, especially when it comes to patient care. We should be asking ourselves, ''Is this the best I can do under the circumstances I have to work with?'' We should also question whether adding more than two pounds on an elderly patient's ankle is the best thing for him. I have seen six- and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 7, 2013
  • What's In a Name?

    Leave it to me to be able to apply an episode of ''Downton Abbey'' to health care! Without creating any spoilers for those who may be catching it at a later time, a situation arose in last night's episode that I have seen play out time and again in health care. A character chooses the advice of a health care provider who is famous... the best in ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on January 29, 2013
  • Fun in Therapy

    Therapy can be monotonous at times, especially if I'm seeing too many total joint replacements. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but going through the same routine every day can be a bit boring. I will try and break up the session of therapy and do the exercises in the morning and the higher-level balance activity in the afternoon. Anything ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on January 16, 2013
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