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  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • The ‘Co-Treat' Therapy Team

    Last month, I began working with a unique and challenging patient at my facility. The person in question had not been out of bed since early spring, had serious comorbidities including permanent ROM limitation of most joints, chronic pain and (not surprisingly) was of a bariatric size. Having read this patient's POC goals, I was already frustrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on October 17, 2014
  • End-of-Life Therapy

    I recently had a conversation with a small group of close friends and former colleagues who also happen to be PTAs. As we're all kindred spirits at this point, having worked closely together in a SNF setting for years -- we laughed and commiserated over our shared experiences. One of my friends posed the question to us all regarding our opinions ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 26, 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
  • 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 ‘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
  • 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
  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • Billing Rapport

    In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Job Risk

    Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs. The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Initially, the slower-paced, smaller rehab department of a long-term care center was a huge ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
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