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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
  • A No-Vacation Summer

    Summer is in full swing as we head into July. The kids are out of school, the sun is out (even in the drippy Pacific Northwest that I call home) and everyone has earmarked their week/s of vacation in the coming month or two. Working full-time in any job, really, warrants at least a week of mental and physical relaxation outside the ''office.'' In ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 7, 2014
  • Guarded Conversations

    Recently, in the middle of a treatment session, I had a patient worriedly ask me if the skilled nursing facility where we were working was ''going out of business.'' Considering how random the question was, but more importantly how concerned the patient seemed, I attempted to ease his mind with the truthful answer of the facility's stable ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 27, 2014
  • The Family Motivation

    There are many motivating techniques as PT/PTAs we can utilize with our patients to encourage participation and compliance with their plan of care. I like to think my ability to discuss a wide range of topics (Halibut fishing? NFL stats? Crochet patterns?) can angle me into getting an extra ther-ex set of mini squats. Despite my varied repartee ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 20, 2014
  • The Productivity Push

    Once upon a time, not but a short few months ago, I worked in a large corporate-run skilled nursing facility where the productivity of the rehab staff was considered top priority. Even above the recovery of the patients, you may ask? Almost -- with productivity expectations a very close second. Every week our rehab meeting would lead with our ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 13, 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
  • The Art of Distraction

    I recently had a routine but painful dental procedure performed by my good-natured dentist. As I sat, gripping the armrests of the exam chair, the dentist attempted to distract me (in vain) with small talk about my family and the ''crazy Spring weather we're having'' -- as he proceeded to insert a sharp tool into my gum line. His distraction ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 30, 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
  • Increasing the Fall Risk

    Every week I'll perform therapy screens on long-term care patients at the skilled nursing facility where I work. Often, this is a result of a patient's recent falling episode or general decline in transfer safety. Typically the patient, whether modified independent with his walker or wheelchair level, is a fall risk. We just have to assess if ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 16, 2014
  • Aide Staff Appreciation

    Having worked in the skilled nursing setting for a number of years now, I'm always struck by how much I have to communicate with the nursing aide staff. Whether it pertains to a patient's transfer status or what time a shower is scheduled, I'm constantly ''grabbing'' a CNA for information. One of the first pieces of advice a veteran PT gave me ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 9, 2014