Working as a healthcare traveler allows you the benefit of not having a set schedule year-round. Although they can be longer, many travel assignments last for 13 weeks. That means after you complete one assignment, you may have decisions to make. If you are starting work as a healthcare traveler, maybe you’re not sure what you will do when your assignment ends. The good news is that you have options. [continue reading…]
All forms of therapy require copious amounts of paperwork. Physical therapy is one of the more well-known examples of invasive paperwork, but occupational and speech therapists often have the same insurance restraints and requirements.
Physical therapy requires a recommendation from a patient’s doctor in order for the therapy services to be covered by most insurance policies. In this way, it is very similar to that of a specialist such as a neurologist or an oncologist. However, there is one very big difference between traditional specialists and therapists – whether they are speech, physical, or occupational. The number of therapy services a patient may receive is typically limited annually. Because of this, it is very important that therapists work closely with physicians to make sure the right service is being delivered to the patient in the most efficient manner that will satisfy the patient’s needs as well as the insurance provider’s limits. [continue reading…]
Nursing homes were one of the first institutions to welcome therapy dogs and allow them to interact with patients. They were originally welcomed because of the instant empathetic connection they were able to make with most patients and continue to be welcomed in part because of the increase in patient communication when the animals are brought in. [continue reading…]
Physical therapy is an important component in a patient’s recovery process after an injury or surgical procedure. Most patients will receive therapy in an institutional setting, whether it is a rehabilitation facility, nursing home, hospital, or therapy office. However, those patients will also need to follow a home routine designed to facilitate recovery. Other patients may only be able to receive therapy in their homes due to the severity of their condition. For both types of patients, the physical therapy routine must be maintained if proper healing is to occur. [continue reading…]
There is a huge difference between clinical depression and being depressed. Everyone will experience depression at some point in their life, whether it is due to the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the termination of a relationship. These are all normal life events that cause people to feel sad, or depressed. With this type of depression, it is usually possible to “feel better” by doing one of the things friends often suggest such as going out with friends, taking time for yourself, or going someplace special – basically treating yourself to something that makes you happy. The difference between someone who is depressed because of a life event or stress and one who has a depressive disorder is that these tricks will not “cure” true depression. [continue reading…]
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) promotes allergy and asthma awareness each May. Many people will begin sniffling during the spring or fall and mistakenly think they have a cold and they must simply suffer through the symptoms, when in fact they are having an allergic reaction to a seasonal allergen. The persistent cough of a sixth grade student may not be a lingering infection but actually a mild form of asthma that could easily be treated with the right medications. Many people who have allergies and asthma may not realize it because they have never been exposed to information that explains the symptoms adequately. Use Asthma and Allergy Awareness month to reach out and educate your students, patients, or clients. [continue reading…]
One of the most difficult things to do as a teacher is to finish the school year. Most people think it would be the best part of the job; after all there are two months of relaxation theoretically looming within reach. However, teachers all know that as soon as school lets out for the summer, their students are going to start losing all of the knowledge and skills they worked so hard to gain throughout the year, often called the “summer slide.” This is especially difficult for special education teachers who work so closely with students who need extra help just to make those gains. To make the transition less frustrating for the teacher, student, and parents, consider gathering resources to help the students stay academically active over the summer. [continue reading…]