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  • Geriatric Advice

    ''I have a positive attitude and I surround myself with positive people. I eat cleanly and have a bowel movement every day -- it makes a difference (wink).'' This wise statement was given to me by a 98-year-old patient when I asked her, ''What is the secret to aging gracefully?'' This particular person did not use an assistive device, walked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
  • Reassess the Goal

    Last weekend I ran my second half-marathon. In hindsight, I'm pleased with my performance, having finished 4 minutes faster than last year's half. When I signed up for the run this year, however, I originally set the lofty goal of running the full marathon. I gave myself four months to train and established a week-by-week running regime to reach ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 6, 2014
  • Midlife Crisis

    Last month I was lucky enough to celebrate turning the age of 40. One would assume, as I did, that working with the geriatric population on a daily basis for years by this point would give me a healthy perspective on aging. In general, I like to think it has -- especially experiencing the resiliency of the human body and spirit. However, reaching ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 23, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Why Are You a Therapist?

    A few days ago, I was preparing a patient for a slide-board transfer from the edge of her bed to the wheelchair. As she was a max-assist with two therapists for this transfer up until this point, we were attempting to progress to a one-person assist and increase her self-initiation. As I reached around her torso and gripped firmly onto the gait ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
  • Avoiding Burnout

    My experience working in a skilled nursing facility has many advantages including autonomy as a therapist, a bustling team atmosphere and working with my favorite group: the tough-as-nails geriatric population. However, being a full-time PTA in a SNF has its drawbacks as well. This could not be better illustrated than by the working day I just ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • Just Keep Moving

    Recently, a coworker of mine introduced me to a quote by Albert Einstein and how appropriately it relates to our patients in the SNF setting: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. For that matter, this quote can be applied to most patients in any PT gym, whether outpatient clinic or post-op ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 17, 2014
  • Now Where Was I?

    Hello there, ADVANCE readers. My name is Allison Young and I've been a PTA for more than two years now in a skilled nursing facility setting. I took a year or two respite from the ''blogosphere'' to concentrate on my career and family with varying degrees of success, which I'll expand on later. To recap quickly, I began my original blog with ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 16, 2013
  • What's In a Name?

    Leave it to me to be able to apply an episode of ''Downton Abbey'' to health care! Without creating any spoilers for those who may be catching it at a later time, a situation arose in last night's episode that I have seen play out time and again in health care. A character chooses the advice of a health care provider who is famous... the best in ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on January 29, 2013
  • Creating a Fall Risk?

    Working in a skilled nursing setting definitely has its benefits and drawbacks, as I am constantly discovering. There is a huge advantage to working with the same patient every day of the week. Watching him make gains and meet goals, sometimes daily, is extremely rewarding. On the other end of the spectrum, working with many who have end-stage ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 8, 2012
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