OASIS Documentation in Home Health Physical Therapy Assessments For every rehabilitation setting, documentation can be a source of frustration. Recently, I experienced growing pains while learning the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) tool for home care. I thought it would be helpful to share what I learned, in order to ease some of your…

Home Health presents many variables and challenges that don’t exist in other rehabilitation settings.  For example, in outpatient, the initial evaluation is scheduled for you.  You make your own schedule in Home Health. Here is a list of tips and suggestions I find extremely helpful when I do Home Health evaluations. Scheduling Call in the…

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and arthritis – are the leading causes of disability and death throughout the United States. The state of New York alone cites more than 40% of adults suffer from a chronic disease, and chronic diseases are responsible for 23% of all hospitalizations in that state….

Healthcare is filled with pressure of providing high productivity and compassionate care at the same time; it’s easy to become jaded and callous. Compassion and Productivity are not mutually exclusive, but it is a hard balance. As the years pass and stress takes its toll, I have seen nurses and therapists become hardened. Their once…

Wondering what it’s like to work as a Rehabilitation Manager? Here are a few Surprises, Challenges and Skill Set Recommendations.   You can also listen to the “From OT to Rehab Manager” podcast with Michelle here! In a rehabilitation setting, leading clinicians are often targeted for management roles. Many skilled and effective clinicians see this…

avoiding burnout

We compiled a list of some ideas that helped us decrease the feeling of being burned out. Here are tried and true ideas you can use at work and outside of work to help with job burnout. Things to do at work: When late patients slow you down. Know the clinic’s expectations for late patients…

Six Tips for Managing the Stress of Home Health Scheduling Scheduling Home Health visits can be like working a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces of the puzzle are: productivity requirements, geographical area and individual patient schedules and it’s our job to try and make them fit together properly. Agency Expectations: First, each agency has productivity standards…

“There’s an app for that.”  That classic phrase which, is now part of our normal vernacular, is not lost on the physical therapy industry.   Nearly all clinics and therapist are utilizing tablets and mobile devices during their sessions and interactions with patients.  Information, examples, diagrams and a myriad of other useful tools are at…

“Shortly after becoming diagnosed with Advanced Lyme Disease my right side became paralyzed. I stumbled around on a cane for quite awhile until finally I was in a wheelchair full time. Getting to and from therapy became exhausting. After spending several months working with a therapist at a local hospital with my cane I decided…

A recent study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic suggests that virtual rehabilitation therapies help patients stick to the physical therapy programs prescribed to them after knee and hip surgeries. Patients used Reflexion’s Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA) and it was found that 80% of the participants were committed and kept with their home regimens.  VERA…

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