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Therapy

The Role of Therapy Dogs in Nursing Homes

by Howard Gerber on June 28, 2012

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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…]

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The Importance of Physical Therapy in the Home

by Howard Gerber on June 21, 2012

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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…]

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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…]

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

by Howard Gerber on May 21, 2012

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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…]

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Preparing Students for the Summer

by Howard Gerber on May 14, 2012

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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…]

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The High Cost of Therapy

by Howard Gerber on May 7, 2012

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Most people pay for medical so they won’t have to pay as much when they need health care. However, some services cost patients almost as much with insurance as without. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are often classified the same by insurance companies as treatment received by a specialist like a cardiologist or oncologist. Because of this, the co-pay is higher for these visits, which are usually more frequent than those required by others in this category. For instance, a stroke victim may need to see a speech therapist and an occupational therapist twice a week. If their co-pay is $32, the average according to The Kaiser Family Foundation, the weekly fee can quickly become out of reach for many patients. [continue reading…]

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More Male Nurses Enter the Job Market

by Howard Gerber on April 30, 2012

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for careers in nursing is great. Growth is expected to be higher than average in this field for a variety of reasons. From technological advances to increased levels of retirements in the profession, everything is lining up to make this one of the fields that is going to be recession proof. Nursing schools are seeing an explosion in enrollment and not just from women. More men than ever are turning to nursing as a potential career path. [continue reading…]

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