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  • Patients Who Give Up

    At what point do patients give up doing things for themselves? I've seen patients sit still while their spouse dresses them and combs their hair. One even admitted she brushes the other's teeth for him. I completely understand if the other person was incapable of assisting or was incapacitated in some way, but these are grown adults with ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 18, 2014
  • Excuses, Excuses

    Over the past few years, I've written many-a-blog on the subject of patients refusing therapy. I've discussed different approach techniques and tactics, depending on the patient, which might help improve compliance. This week, I was the recipient of (arguably) the most creative ''decline'' as to why a patient could not do therapy. As I ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • How Much Do I Make?

    Pay scales are all over the chart in the therapy profession, yet reimbursements in most states are the same whether a PT or PTA (and sometimes an aide) treats the patient. So, should the PT still make more than the PTA? The argument over the higher education does not seem significant when there are PTAs with master's degrees working under a BSPT, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 11, 2014
  • Future of Therapy

    With today's technology, there's no reason for therapists to sit and wait for equipment to be delivered through a third party. When every therapy department has a 3-D printer, we can receive a 3-D fax that will print up the equipment we ordered. Knee braces, walkers, extra parts for broken equipment, you name it and we'll have it. X-rays will no ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 4, 2014
  • Mandatory Dementia Training

    I recently was looking for a good read at the library -- anything that would pique my interest and whisk me into a riveting story that related to my life in no way. As it turned out, I passed on the gritty crime fiction novels and historical fiction (my fave!) and picked up a book on caregiving for people with dementia. I was immediately hooked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 29, 2014
  • The Health Fringe

    Stay active, eat healthy, get plenty of sunshine and take colloidal silver. Okay, so don't take the silver, take something else, like, bitter cola. I think I could produce enough clinical evidence to promote either one though and patients would probably listen to me like I'm an authority on healthy living. Isn't that part of what we do -- ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 28, 2014
  • The ‘No Productivity’ Scenario

    I've recently blogged about the potential closing of the long-term care/skilled nursing facility where I work. Although there has been no formal announcement from the administration, census continues to slow and hours have been cut from all departments -- for the exception of rehab. Due to the fact that we continue to generate revenue for the ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 22, 2014
  • Strictly Science-Based

    Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset, but there are other stem cells out there that research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping people recover from devastating illnesses. As a purely scientific reading, stem cells are ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Assessing Physicals

    One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were a lot of people coming through who wanted employment. When an older gentleman came through ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
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