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7 Simple Tips to Winterize your Older Adults!

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This post is written by Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS Chair, APTA’s AGPT Balance & Falls SIGLead. The post originally appeared in the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy/APTA group and is reprinted with her permission. As winter approaches, the risk of falls to you, your families and your patients grows. Please help us to be proactive as a profession to prevent that first fall! Remember, when you treat an injury from a fall to also treat the reason for the fall! Here are seven simple steps that YOU can take today to make a big impact on falls … 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

24-Hours in Their Shoes: A Journal from a Therapist Turned Patient

On July 22, 2013, Melissa Riehl, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and Director of Rehab at Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village, spent 24 hours as a resident. At the insistence of her Area Rehab Director – Ty Keeter – she took on the challenge in her spare time to gain a first-hand perspective of what life is like for the individuals she treats on daily basis. After communicating to her co-workers at the Loveland, CO skilled nursing facility about her educational pursuit, Melissa created a patient profile for herself. Melissa chose to be non-weight bearing on her left leg, unable … Continue reading

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices: Enhancing Communication through Technology

By: Jessie Moss, MA CCC/SLP Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology has grown tremendously over the past several decades, but it tends to be overlooked as an option when working with individuals in the geriatric population with communication limitations. It is my goal to increase awareness of how this mode of communication can enhance the communicative abilities, independence, and overall quality of life for some of our patients. When a person cannot use speech to communicate effectively in all situations, there are options. AAC is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or … Continue reading

Congratulations to all Our Friends that Received "Best in Class" Awards!

Infinity Rehab would like to congratulate the following facilities for achieving a “Best in Class” rating from their patient satisfaction surveys. Best in Class means the facilities was rated as top 10% in each target area. This is a tremendous accomplishment as it represents direct feedback from the patients we serve on a daily basis. Pace of Progress Rockwood At Hawthorne Atmosphere/Therapy Area Equipment Quality Knowledge/Skills of Therapists Hillcrest Haven Convalescent Center Dignity and Respect Hillside Rehabilitation Center Pace of Progress Holly Creek Retirement Community Pace of Progress Combined Average The Johnson Center Overall Satisfaction Understood Procedures Dignity and Respect … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Advances Patient Care with Telehealth

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Wikipedia defines Telehealth as “the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies.” Over the past decade, telehealth has been embraced by virtually all aspects of medicine – from dentistry to neurology. About 4 years ago, Infinity Rehab encountered the following situation: A lone therapy department, located in Washington State, was primarily staffed by a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). The issue with this is that in the state of Washington, every patient needs to be seen by a Physical Therapist (PT) every 5th visit for a formal assessment of the patient’s rehabilitation progress. We were having a difficult time … Continue reading

Infinity Rehab Therapists at Christian Health Care Center Receive Media Attention for Use of LiteGait

Infinity Rehab Therapists Test the LiteGait Therapy Device

At the end of December, the Lynden Tribune ran a story on Infinity Rehab therapists from Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, WA that utilize the LiteGait, a partial weight-bearing gait therapy device for children and adults, during rehabilitation sessions with patients. Below is the article in full. Click here to visit the Lynden Tribune website. LYNDEN, WA – Patrons at the Christian Health Care Center’s award-winning rehabilitation department may notice a new piece of equipment amid the treadmills and exercise hardware. That’s the LiteGait, a partial-weight-bearing gait therapy device that arrived at the care center about a month ago. … Continue reading