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Healthcare Workers

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

by Howard Gerber on April 2, 2012

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Sometimes we don’t give a second thought about our ability to complete simple tasks: walking to the mailbox, reading a magazine, organizing our calendars and important files, enjoying social interactions with friends and loved ones, etc. Next thing you know, suddenly things change and the abilities we once took for granted may not be counted on anymore. [continue reading…]

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From Nursing Homes to Home Care

by Howard Gerber on March 19, 2012

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Geriatric nursing may soon look very different than it has in the past. Previously, those in the field of geriatric nursing could expect to find employment in nursing homes and home health care facilities. However, with recent changes to Medicaid and Medicare, the home health care model may soon become much more prominent. Policy officials are now beginning to feel that full time medical assistance within a nursing home facility is not warranted for many of the patients who would have previously been candidates for these services. Instead, they are looking to the home health care model, where only specific services are provided within the home of the patient. [continue reading…]

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Pros and Cons of Matching Scrubs in the Workplace

by Howard Gerber on February 16, 2012

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When you walk into a hospital or a doctor’s office, one of the first things a person sees is the office staff, then a nurse, and finally a doctor. For years now, hospitals and private practices have been moving toward allowing everyone to wear scrubs to work. Staff members and patients tend to love the policy or completely hate it, and there are good points to be made for either side. [continue reading…]

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February is American Heart Month

by Howard Gerber on February 9, 2012

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What better time to raise heart health awareness than the month that has an entire day devoted to love. Hearts will be everywhere this month making it easy to find decorations and inexpensive ways to bring heart health to your client’s attention.

Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. It kills more women than all forms of cancer combined partially because it is underdiagnosed. Cardiovascular disease is the overall leading cause of death in America according to the CDC. The easiest way to reduce this number is to raise awareness among the general population. Million Hearts is a government initiative with the goal of preventing 1 million strokes and heart attacks in the United States over the next 5 years. The website has a variety of tools for individuals and health care providers and also allows individuals to pledge to change their lifestyles in order to improve their overall heart health. [continue reading…]

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January is National Mentoring Month

by Howard Gerber on January 12, 2012

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Working in industries such as health care and education takes a great commitment to helping others. One way to have an even greater impact on our community is to become a mentor or to support a mentoring organization. National Mentoring Month began in 2002 as a joint effort between the Harvard School of Public Health and the National Mentoring Partnership. Since 2006 the Corporation of National and Community Service has been working on the project as well. There are numerous ways for you to become involved in the mentoring initiative. [continue reading…]

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Postpartum Depression

by Howard Gerber on January 5, 2012

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is not just a little bit of sadness after a baby is born that is the result of hormone levels returning to normal, although that can certainly be the case for some women. For some women, though, it is a debilitating depression that can last for months or years after the birth of the baby, putting both mother and baby in danger. There are three different levels, all of which are related to postpartum depression: baby blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis. [continue reading…]

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Motivating Physical Therapy Patients

by Howard Gerber on January 3, 2012

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Physical therapists are heroes and villains in the story of recovery. At first, they are the villains of the story because they make the patient hurt more. The patient has dutifully been “taking it easy” for a bit after their surgery or accident and they have begun to feel a smidge better. Then they are suddenly being asked to bend, stretch, and move in ways that make the pain come back tenfold. This is, of course, a necessary component in healing and regaining full motion – but it still hurts. Usually it isn’t too terribly hard to motivate a patient to come back for their therapy appointments during this initial stage because it is all too obvious that they desperately need help to get back to their pre-injury state. However, motivating the patient to complete their exercises at home can be quite the challenge. The task of motivation becomes even more challenging once the initial phase of therapy is over and the time for maintenance begins. [continue reading…]

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