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Infinity Rehab Therapists Lend a Hand to Paralympians!

Rapheal and Maclean with the Spokane Valley - Good Sam team

On May 3, 2015, Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe and Maclean Atsu Dzidienyo – internationally recognized wheelchair racers from Ghana – participated in the wheelchair race during the annual Bloomsday event in Spokane, WA. After the race, it became apparent they had an issue with one of their chairs with limited resources for repairs.  Word spread around town about the athlete’s troubles and a call was placed to the Infinity Rehab therapy team at Spokane Valley – Good Samaritan to see if they could help. Sure enough, the team graciously lent a helping hand. Raphael and Maclean are now headed to Phoenix … Continue reading

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month — Stories from #SLPeeps

My journey toward Speech Pathology was not linear, nor did I ever want to “grow up to be a Speech Therapist”. I found myself after college, having earned a BA in History from Oregon State, wondering what I should do with myself. I was interested in academia, and decided to pursue graduate school. Not wanting to leave the state, I randomly looked up graduate programs at Portland State. My initial interest was in Urban Planning. I applied, and was rejected; having no experience in the field. Going back to the PSU class catalog, I came upon Speech and Hearing Sciences. … Continue reading

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