Tag Archives: occupational therapy

Medication Management and Therapy Treatment Plans

Do you or your therapy team members consistently work on medication management as a part of your treatment plan? As a treating OT, I would occasionally include medication management as a goal in my plan of care. More often than not, I would assume that someone else was providing the proper education prior to discharging home. I now know this was a dangerous assumption. The research shows that our patient population needs more help in managing this critical task. What is the cost of medication nonadherence in healthcare? The numbers are staggering: Adverse drug events cause over 700,000 emergency department … Continue reading

Patient Testimonial

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We love to hear from the people we treat! Below is an excerpt from an email Mike Billings, President of Infinity Rehab, received from an individual who received therapy from our team of therapists at Bend Transitional Care. As therapists, we know we’re impacting the life of each person we serve. But to hear how they’re doing after they leave our care, and even more to hear how they plan to put into action their regained abilities warms our hearts! (After a total knee replacement), I stayed in the hospital an extra day and went directly to Bend Transitional Care … 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

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