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Continuity Counts

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Several years ago, I had the unfortunate opportunity to experience the healthcare system at the side of critically ill family member.  This family member was hospitalized where I had been working as a physical therapist.  It was a large hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Center designation and all the bells and whistles necessary to manage most medical conditions.  I was confident that with my experience at this facility as an employee and over 15 years in healthcare as a Physical Therapist, I would be able to easily assist in navigating the hospital stay and make the necessary decisions to … Continue reading

Take Action! Ask Congress to Cosponsor Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation

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Ask Congress to Cosponsor Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation Protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient therapy Take Action! Ask Congress to Cosponsor S. 539 / H.R. 775 Earlier this week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduced legislation that would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis.  S. 539, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, would permanently repeal the $1,940 cap imposed on physical … Continue reading

The Patient-Centered Medicare Meeting: Empowering the Patient

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  Imagine that you are a new short-term guest in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) for rehabilitation and nursing services. After you move in, you go through the admission process. It includes  a lot of information, some of which you may or may not eventually recall; you are just happy to be out of the hospital and in your own clothes. Over the next few days, you go through the various introductory interviews with the SNF staff, including the dietician, social worker, therapists, and nurses. Many of these people ask you the same questions, leading you to wonder, “Are these … Continue reading

Social Media in Health Care: Make it Work for You

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“What do you think about health care professionals using social media?”   I hear discussion about this question often.  Opinions are wide-ranging, as are the statements in support and against health care professionals embracing social media. I’ve integrated social media into my personal and professional life gradually over the last five years.  I keep my LinkedIn profile up-to-date, I explore Facebook for a few minutes each day, and I’m closing in on 2,000 Tweets.  In the diffusion of innovation curve, I land as an Early Majority adopter on most innovation items.  This was the case for my social media experience. … Continue reading

Wheelchair Screening – Kyphosis, Kypholordosis, and the Flexicurve Ruler (pt. 3)

Kypholordosis includes curving of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae.

In the third part of our wheelchair assessment series, we look at accommodating and measuring thoracic kyphosis – including a tool that is invaluable to the documentation process. Earlier this year, we looked at identifying seating and positioning needs (Part 1), as well as how to measure for a wheelchair (Part 2). Assessing and Accommodating Kyphosis Kyphosis is an over-curvature of the thoracic spine (middle segment of the vertebral column) which can lead to discomfort or complete debilitation. Similarly, kypholordosis is the curving of both the thoracic and the lumbar (lower) spine. Fortunately, simple adjustments for patients in wheelchairs can lead to … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Clinicians Present at Colorado Health Care Association Annual Convention

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On September 18, 2013, four clinicians from Infinity Rehab presented at the 50th Annual Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living Convention and Exposition. Their topic covered integrating person-directed culture and principles into post-acute settings. Specifically focusing on the wants, needs, and preferences of the individual. Read more below: Integrating Person-Directed Culture & Principles into the Rehabilitation Systems for the Post-Acute Client & Nursing Home Resident Presenters from Infinity Rehab Tyler Keeter, P.T., D.P.T., M.H.A. Julianne Cooper, O.T.R. Jennifer Lo, O.T.R. Greg Young, P.T., O.C.S. Person-directed principles revolve around the wants, needs, and preferences of the individual in … Continue reading

Cognitive Rehabilitation and Aging

Today’s blog article comes from the desk of Barb Gabriel-Conley, MS CCC/SLP. Ms. Gabriel-Conley is a speech language pathologist, specializing in the treatment of memory and cognitive disorders at Santé of Chandler. Santé of Chandler proudly provides short-term inpatient rehabilitation care for the Chandler, AZ community.   “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” — Sophia Loren Ahh the golden years! Those years where life is supposed to … Continue reading