Avamere Senior Health Care Blog

Evidence-Based Practice: A Primer to Help You Get Started

Source: University of Washington (http://libguides.hsl.washington.edu/content.php?pid=231619&sid=1931590)

Health care has seen a recent jump in interest around the subject of evidence-based practice, or EBP.  Necessity is the driving force behind this trend.  The US spends over twice as much as the average developed nation on health care, yet Americans don’t live any longer than our sister nations1. Now the people paying the bills – largely our government and private insurers – are starting to ask more questions and demand a better return on investment. The good news is that no one knows health care better than the people who practice it.  Clinicians have the training and experience … Continue reading

Treatment Principles – What the Evidence Suggests

Patty Scheets

It’s an exciting time in rehabilitation with a rapidly growing body of evidence from high quality research studies available to inform the specific clinical decisions we make every day. But it’s also an uncertain time in rehabilitation as we try to navigate a changing healthcare system and figure out how this new evidence applies to us. Let’s take a look at four intervention principles emerging from the literature and think about how we can tweak our current practice to get more out of each minute of rehabilitation. Use It or Lose It. Use It and Improve It. Movement patterns and … Continue reading

Director of Rehab Receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

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Here is some great news to share – Marta Szabo, Physical Therapist and Director of Rehab for Infinity Rehab at Mira Vista received the Department of Defense Patriot Award for her accommodation and support for her two staff members (Bethany Burden Watts & Pam Hobbs) who have spouses in the reserves and have recently been deployed to assignments on limited notice. The Department of Defense came on-site  to deliver the award to her. Marta has worked with both of these employees to balance the needs of the department and the employee’s needs to provide childcare while the spouse is away through … Continue reading

Adrienne Nova, PT, DPT Article Featured in APTA Publication

Congratulations to Adrienne Nova, PT, DPT on the recent publication of her article: In It For The Long Haul: What Being a Geriatric Rehab PT Has Taught Me About Marathon Training. Adrienne’s article was published in GeriNotes magazine, a publication of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Read Adrienne’s full article HERE. Adrienne is a physical therapist at the Terraces at Skyline in Seattle, WA.  Adrienne can be contacted for questions (and celebratory messages!) at aenova@infinityrehab.com ______________________________________________________________________ Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS is a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric clinical specialist. He develops leaders in healthcare … Continue reading

Bethany at Silver Lake Awards Infinity Rehab Therapist ‘Employee of The Month’

(L) Erin Carver, MS, CCC-SLP, DOR, (M) Kim Chandra, PTA, (R) Jerri Chesney, Assistant Director of Nursing

Kim Chandra, PTA, was recently awarded Employee of the Month by her peers at Bethany at Silver Lake – a post-acute rehabilitation center located in Everett, WA. According to Erin Carver, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Rehabilitation for Bethany at Silver Lake, Kim goes above and beyond to enhance the life of every person she serves. So much so, that Kim’s name is frequently mentioned in patient satisfaction surveys. “Kim serves as my backup and she takes the responsibility very seriously,” says Erin. “It’s not uncommon that Kim will come in on days off to see patients — there have been … Continue reading

Grassroots Advocacy through Sharing our Expertise

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Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. Who better to provide this information than physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists? Each therapy discipline is uniquely qualified to help older adults remain active and healthy. Of course, this happens every day in the many skilled nursing, assisted, and independent living facilities in which Infinity Rehab therapists treat older adults. But what about beyond the rehab center or outpatient clinic? What are we doing as therapists to advocate for older adults? … Continue reading

Infinicast Vol. 7: Better Hearing & Speech Month

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Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role Speech-Language Pathologists play in providing life-altering treatment. In the spirit of celebrating BHSM, Infinity Rehab President, Mike Billings sat down with Stacey Turner, SLP, MS, CCC-SLP – Regional Vice President of Operations for Infinity – to discuss her career trajectory, serving different populations, leadership qualities, and what the future landscape of post-acute care holds for SLPs. Leave a comment and let us know how you’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month. And, as always, Infinity Rehab extends our sincere gratitude … Continue reading