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17th Mar

Clinical Decision Making

Changes in therapy reimbursement and daily practice have been overwhelming the past 2 years! No longer can we utilize some of the therapy delivery modes that have clinically been a benefit to our clients i.e. group treatment and concurrent therapy

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20th Feb

POSITIONING TO IMPROVE FUNCTION

Therapists and nurses working in the long term care (LTC) environment often note poor posture and inadequate seating with their residents. This comes with the territory, unfortunately, as many LTC residents have disease processes and injuries that have weakened their

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8th Jan

Home Assessment and Patient Safety

A home assessment, or evaluation, is often a final and crucial step in discharging patients home safely and with adequate caregiver support. Occupational or Physical Therapy can perform this vital assessment and make skilled recommendations for environmental modifications, adaptive devices,

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13th Dec

CLINICAL “JEOPARDY”

Answers ___ 1.  The largest joint in the body ___ 2.  HEP stands for this ___ 3.  The hardest working muscle in the human body ___ 4.  Forcing the use of an impaired extremity by restraining the non-involved extremity ___

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15th Nov

Rehab Dining….What is This?

Rehab dining programs are typically a joint effort involving Speech and Occupational Therapy in collaboration with nursing staff.  The Speech-Language Pathologist focuses on oral and pharyngeal swallowing deficits while Occupational therapy addresses the residents’ ability to feed themselves independently and

BENEFITS OF AN AQUATIC THERAPY PROGRAM

An aquatic environment promotes overall rehabilitation and physical fitness for people of all ages, but is especially beneficial to the aging population. Exercise and therapy are far less painful in warm water than on land and can often be a

CARING FOR THE CLINICALLY COMPLEX PATIENT

As our long term care admissions become more and more acute, the interdisciplinary care team has increased challenges in caring for the resident with comorbidities and diagnoses that can complicate and hinder the care and recovery process. The clinically complex

“PET POWER”

There is an intrinsic connection between human beings and animals. During the course of our lives many of us experience the love of a wonderful pet. When a person is placed in long term care, often the family pet must

URINARY INCONTINENCE IN LONG TERM CARE

Urinary incontinence (UI) affects over 13 million Americans of all ages.1 in 4 are women ages 30-59 and 50% or more of elderly living at home or in long­ term care (LTC) facilities are incontinent. In a recent study it

AUSCULTATION OF THE LUNGS

Remember your last doctor’s visit when he came at you with a stethoscope and proceeded to put that cold device against your chest? And then said……”take a deep breath and hold it”? And you did, until you were about to