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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Repetitive Questioning: Tips for Intervention

    Repetitive questioning or statements are common and often challenging behaviors seen in adults with cognitive decline and memory loss associated with dementia. A person who has been diagnosed with a disease process resulting in dementia may ask the same question repeatedly, which can result in frustration on the part of the family and ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on November 10, 2011
  • Simple, Inexpensive Communication Therapy Ideas

    How many of you have a budget for therapy and/or diagnostic materials at your workplace? Budgets are always limited, and I tend to request only materials and items that I know are patient-specific (communication books, etc.) to be purchased by the facility. I tend to buy my own therapy books because I prefer to create my own ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on November 3, 2011
  • Saying Goodbye to Group Therapy

    It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). With a nod to the late, great R.E.M., I pause to consider the recent Medicare PPS changes, which took effect 10/1/2011, and impacted my workplace. You can read more about the changes here. I waited for our rehab department's official training session before I panicked, er, ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on October 6, 2011
  • Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Part 2

    This week is the second part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, an occupational therapist working and supervising in both the homecare and preschool settings in Delaware County in Pennsylvania. Our discussion continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are affecting early intervention, as well as ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 5, 2011