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  • Now I'm Convinced

    A few months back, a member of my family was in a business meeting when suddenly his right hand became spastic. He looked at the person he was meeting with and couldn't figure out why he was there or what they had been talking about for half an hour. He was having a stroke. He was rushed to the local hospital in Florida and immediately received ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • The ‘Newbie'... Again

    Well, I'm finishing my first week at a new facility and still trying to catch my breath. For those readers not familiar with my professional exploits, I resigned from a PTA position that I held for three years and started working in a similar setting (skilled nursing, long-term care) just this past week. As I reflect on the past few days, I've ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • Leave of Absence

    I have heard nursing staff, therapists and even social services tell patients they are not allowed to leave the facility or they'll lose their benefits for Medicare. Simply not true, and, in fact, Medicare makes it clear facilities should not tell patients that leaving the facility will lead to loss of coverage. Patients can leave the facility ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • Maintaining My Privacy

    As we all know, maintaining our patients' personal and health information private is mandated by HIPAA laws and frankly, common sense. I would be less likely to disclose a patient's name to an unknown visitor than hand my credit card to a stranger on the street. Often though, I find myself abbreviating my own ''history'' to inquiring patients. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 4, 2014
  • Turnover

    Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on ''greener pastures.'' We all often consider the pros and cons of various employment opportunities, like any other profession ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Getting Political

    If multiple Presidential administrations can find money for wars and conflicts to participate in, certainly there should be money available to feed, house, clothe and provide basic medical needs to the poor who live in the United States. When America can provide billions of dollars in aid to other countries but lacks basic health services to large ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 2, 2014
  • The Resignation

    Last week, I resigned from my first PTA job. It was stressful and I was anxious about my director of rehab's response, but it was time. As I've blogged over the past few weeks, I was finding myself more frustrated than I've ever felt with the job and my morale was at an all-time low. After covertly interviewing in the early morning hours at a few ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 28, 2014
  • One-Trick Pony

    While interviewing for jobs years ago, I met a therapist who primarily treated knee patients. He was looking for an experienced PTA to assist in this specialty. I ultimately declined the generous offer so I could explore other interests. I had difficulty understanding how an experienced therapist would only treat one body part. The human body ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on March 26, 2014
  • The Challenge of Dementia

    In the skilled nursing setting, many of the patients on my schedule have a dementia diagnosis. Whether displaying mild signs such as repeating a story or severe moaning and perseverating over mundane details, I try to keep the treatment focused on their functional goals. When it comes to touching dementia patients, whether during a transfer or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 21, 2014
  • To My Dissenters

    I have been accused of being ageist, burnt out and one anonymous reader said I should work in a fast food restaurant as a favor to the patients I see. A state licensing investigator even contacted me for something I wrote because a reader or two did not agree with my opinion. Perhaps I should stick with feel-good stories about how the PT and I ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on March 18, 2014
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