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Communication Disorders Common in Older Americans

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During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month,Infinity Rehab is spotlighting the importance of early detection and treatment for communication disorders in older Americans. Roughly 40 million Americans experience these disorders. Speech/language or swallowing disorders may result from medical conditions, such as oral cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s, or traumatic brain injury. Adults may also experience voice disorders or speech/language disorders that have persisted since childhood, such as stuttering. Hearing loss is among the most common conditions affecting older Americans. In fact, according to an AARP-ASHA poll that was taken in 2011, a significant percentage of baby boomers have untreated hearing loss. … Continue reading

#OTMonth Stories — Dedicated to Enhancing Lives through Occupational Therapy

Courtney Holmes, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

After an enlistment in the Air Force and completing my undergraduate degree in professional aeronautics, I was sure I was headed for a career in the civilian world with FedEx. Like many “sure things,” life got in the way and instead I got married to a petroleum engineer and moved to Nigeria. Despite being in a completely new and exciting place, my first days in Nigeria were spent in solitude, sitting in a hotel. In order to get anywhere, I had to be driven by an “approved” driver, I couldn’t go out alone and safety was a huge concern. To … Continue reading

SO CLOSE!

Two votes!  That’s how close we came to once and for all being rid of the therapy caps.  On April 14, the Senate passed the House-passed version of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix, better known as the “Doc Fix.”  On April 16, the President signed bill H.R. 2, officially named the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, into law.  There were a number of proposed amendments to the bill, including permanent repeal of the therapy caps, but they all failed for fear of returning the legislation to the House, creating further delay.  The therapy caps amendment received … Continue reading

#OTMonth Stories — Dedicated to Enhancing Lives through Occupational Therapy

Brianne Salvati, OT

To continue our celebration of #OTMonth, we are sharing stories from Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants about why they chose their fulfilling career and the moments that re-enforce their decision to work every day to enhance the life of every person they serve.   I went in to the profession somewhat blindly. I knew I wanted to be in healthcare, knew I did not want to be a nurse, and medical school just sounded too expensive. I do not have the inspirational story, or the life-related experience that drove me to become an occupational therapist; however, as my … Continue reading

#OTMonth Stories — Dedicated to Enhancing Lives through Occupational Therapy

Claire Furlotte OT

To continue our celebration of #OTMonth, we are sharing stories from Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants about why they chose their fulfilling career and the moments that re-enforce their decision to work every day to enhance the life of every person they serve.   My mom has the biggest, brightest green thumb and can make anything flourish with some hard work and a lot of love.  She has kept a beautiful garden in the hills of San Francisco as long as I have been alive; our home was never without fresh flowers from the garden, and every weekend … Continue reading

Support the Cardin Amendment to Repeal the Therapy Caps – Take Action Now!

Support the Cardin Amendment to Repeal Therapy Caps Take Action! On March 26, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a permanent Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) repeal package – H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – by a vote of 392-32. The Senate decided not to vote on H.R. 2 prior to its two-week recess.  So, the next step is for the Senate to vote on and pass H.R. 2, when Senators return from recess on Monday, April 13th. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is considering offering an amendment to H.R. 2 that would permanently repeal Medicare’s Part B outpatient therapy … Continue reading

A Primer on Occupational Therapy Assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational therapy assistants help clients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to clients, while occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Both assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists. Persons interested in pursuing a career as an occupational therapy assistant are required to complete two years of higher education to earn an associate’s degree. Before entering the work field, the next step is for the practitioner to pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational … Continue reading