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  • Daily and Weekly Notes

    I know what I want my patients to achieve. I want one to be able to resume PO intake after a PEG placement. I want another to communicate wants and needs with family and staff. I want a new patient with memory loss to adapt to the living environment and daily routine at the SNF and take part in social activities. I use several objective measures ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on June 28, 2012
  • Key to Reimbursement

    Both short- and long-term goals may be scrutinized in order to determine whether skilled speech therapy services are medically necessary in the SNF setting, as well as in other settings involving adult and geriatric patients, such as Home Health Care (HHC) and Assistive Living Facilities (ALF). It is the responsibility of the SLP to clearly define ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on June 21, 2012
  • Discussing Goals with Patients

    While re-reading my last post (I do that frequently to avoid repeating myself and to promote continuity), I noticed I wrote that I ''always discuss the goals with a patient when appropriate.'' This week, I wanted to clarify and reiterate that it is always appropriate and necessary to communicate and educate all ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on May 21, 2012
  • BHSM Bulletin Board

    This week, I'll kick off BHSM by planning and decorating a bulletin board in our facility. This BHSM activity is, admittedly, easy to execute and not at all original. From public schools to clinics and hospitals, I think the majority of SLPs use this old standby as the least they will do for BHSM. I am not yet sure how I will freshen up my design ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on May 2, 2012
  • Looking Ahead to BHSM

    Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) is imminent! What to do? I seem to always rely on my tried and true activities, including making a bulletin board in the building, giving in-services, and splurging on a new SLP t-shirt or two. This year I'd like to do something different and more exciting though. I'm thinking about contacting local radio ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on April 19, 2012
  • Reflections on PSHA, Part 1

    Last time, I blogged about being a member of a state speech-language-hearing association. In that blog I mentioned my state association's upcoming annual convention. Today's post is about some of my experiences at the PSHA Convention. I'll write about the other presentations I attended in my next post. My time at the convention was split among ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 11, 2012
  • Practical 'Do's and Don'ts' for CFYs

    Recently, I posted an interview with Christine Costello, a CFY-SLP who shared some of her experiences and thoughts about working in long-term care. As spring approaches, I know that many graduate students are anticipating graduation and beginning a search for employment. While graduate programs offer a variety of clinical experiences, they do not ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on March 22, 2012
  • The CFY Experience: A New Grad's Perspective

    This week's post is an interview with Christine Costello about her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) experiences. Last year I had the privilege of supervising Christine for a few months in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) setting. Although Christine decided to explore an opportunity in the public education system while still in her CFY, I know ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on February 23, 2012
  • Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!

      In my last entry, I wrote about a free, recycled object that makes a wonderful therapy tool. Today I'm going to share and (hopefully) get, some advice about something else I got for free! Check this out...   Yup, it's a free and completely blank bulletin board. There is a spot in our staff room where people put items they no ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 9, 2012
  • Singing in the New Year

    I do not make New Year's resolutions, but I do set goals for myself, and one of them is to perpetually look for new ways to treat patients that are fun and creative in nature. On a recent commute to work, I was excited to hear a story on NPR's Morning Edition: ''Singing Therapy Helps Stroke Victims Speak Again.'' I immediately thought ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on January 5, 2012
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