Alzheimer's and Sex In Nursing Homes
While every effort should be made to ensure that no resident comes to harm, care facilities must respect the rights of residents with dementia to make decisions about their relationships.ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomRecently the issue ofsex and dementia in nursing homes has been back in the news. This is certainly a difficult issue that needs to be addressed head on.It is happening - so what should be done? Is there a need for guidelines and case law?As result of the recent news, I decided to republish this abstract and summary of the paper that appeared in theJournal of Medical Ethics - Dementia, sexuality and cons...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - December 7, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer care alzheimer's sex Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients dementia care dementia sex help alzheimers help dementia nursing home care senior care sex in nursing homes Source Type: blogs

Elderly Home Safety Checklist 2021
Conclusion Aging in place gives senior citizens and elderly homeowners the freedom that is quite different from what they may experience in a senior facility. Home care for seniors living with family members or caregivers or being visited regularly by professional home care service providers beats any accommodation in nursing homes. Family members living with their aging parents can use the lists and safety tips discussed in this article when making a home safety assessment. These home safety tips can help seniors, particularly those with chronic pain, lead dignified and independent lives within the familiarity of their ho...
Source: Shield My Senior - December 4, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Stevie Compango Tags: Senior Safety Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Taking a stand for patient safety with the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan to increase awareness of their topics.  This information in the form of a narrative blog post is provided courtesy of a graduate student who is interested in promoting increased awareness of impacts of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.  Because the author only has fieldwork experience and the facility or patient could be possibly identified, with the student ' s permi...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 29, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: health insurance injury prevention OT practice Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for FERPA rights
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Sarah Watson, a graduate student who is interested in promoting increased awareness of privacy concerns and FERPA in context of computerized record keeping and documentation.Extra note: I was really happy to see one of my students tackle this topic - I have seen many privacy breaches because of improper ...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 29, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: Disability rights OT practice school-based practice Source Type: blogs

What do we do with those questionnaires (ii)
In my last post I wrote about the Pain Catastrophising Scale and a little about what the results might mean. I discussed the overall score suggesting a general tendency to “think the worst”, with the three subscales of magnifying or over-estimating the risk; ruminating or brooding on the experience; and helplessness or feeling overwhelmed and that there’s nothing to be done.  At the end of the post I briefly talked about how difficult it is to find a clinical reasoning model in physiotherapy or occupational therapy where this construct is integrated – making it difficult for us to know what to do d...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - November 28, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: adiemusfree Tags: Assessment Chronic pain Clinical reasoning Low back pain Occupational therapy Physiotherapy biopsychosocial pain management Psychology Therapeutic approaches treatment Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for a loan repayment bill that could impact occupational therapy
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Nagella AL-Balushi, a graduate student who is interested in promoting a bill that improves health professional workforce distribution via a loan repayment program when practitioners work in underserved areas." Greetings fellow OT students and future colleagues,I am a graduate OT student seeking opinions,...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 23, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: OT practice policy Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for canine training programs that benefit veterans
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Nina Fusco, a graduate student who is interested in increasing awareness to HR 3016, particularly those sections that support canine training programs that would benefit veterans who have PTSD and other conditions." The Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act is a federal bill curr...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 20, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: OT practice policy Source Type: blogs

What do we do with those questionnaires?
Courtesy of many influences in pain management practice, you’d have to have been hiding under a rock or maybe be some sort of dinosaur not to have noticed the increasing emphasis on using questionnaires to measure factors such as pain catastrophising, depression or avoidance. The problem is I’m not sure we’ve all been certain about what to do with the results. It’s not uncommon for me to hear people saying “Oh but once I see psychosocial factors there, I just refer on”, or “they’re useful when the person’s not responding to my treatment, but otherwise…”, ...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - November 20, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: adiemusfree Tags: Assessment Chronic pain Clinical reasoning Coping strategies Occupational therapy Physiotherapy Psychology Science in practice biopsychosocial goal-setting healthcare pain management Therapeutic approaches treatment Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for co-payment reform in New York State
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Tori Persons, a graduate student who is interested in legislation that would help alleviate the burden of out of pocket costs for people receiving occupational therapy services.  " Existing laws in New York have stated that health plans must cover occupational therapy services.However, the insu...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 20, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: health insurance policy Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for people who have traumatic brain injuries
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Ashlee Lytle, a graduate student who is interested in advocating for people who have traumatic brain injuries.  Under a current plan, transitioning this population to a managed care system will impact the quality of their care." As I am soon entering the profession of occupational therapy this May, ...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 18, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: Disability rights health insurance policy Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for occupational therapy wellness programs
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan  to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Emily Scholl, a graduate student who is interested in promoting occupational therapy ' s involvement in wellness programs.  She found an interesting bill that promotes wellness in NY State and is advocating for occupational therapy to be added to the existing bill." Occupational Therapy should...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 18, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: health insurance OT practice policy Source Type: blogs

Guest entry: Advocating for a workload approach in school systems
A number of my students at Keuka College have been working on policy and advocacy projects that I wanted to share.  The students researched a topic of their interest, met with their legislators, and developed a broad action plan  to increase awareness of their topics.  This information is provided courtesy of Jenna Soldaczewski, a graduate student who is interested in promoting a workload approach in school systems.  She found out how a parallel profession in NY (speech therapy) promoted change by advocating for alterations to the Part 200 NYS regulations that govern special education:Many occupati...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 18, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: policy school-based practice Source Type: blogs

Support for ESSA - not as simple as you think
This week has been identified as the #OTWeekOfAction by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  They are encouraging member actions on a number of policy initiatives; however, as noted in the previous blog post, it is important for occupational therapists to independently assess the nature of these proposals before blindly writing letters of support to Congress.Individuals may learn that they agree with the positions of the professional association or they may learn that they disagree. Today ' s topic is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which is an important law for pediatric practitioners to be awar...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 15, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: OT practice policy school-based practice Source Type: blogs

The importance of rational policy analysis for occupational therapists
The OT Capital Briefing in the November 7, 2016 OT Practice analyzes two Supreme Court cases that are summarized together as follows:If the Supreme Court finds in favor of the families in both cases, the expertise occupational therapy practitioners provide will be more important than ever to ensure students with disabilities receive a meaningful education, and that schools fully comply with the ADA and Section 504.This is a confusing summary because neither case has anything to do with OT specifically and in fact if the Supreme Court finds in favor of the families there may be unintended consequences that are damaging.In t...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - November 8, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: Disability rights OT practice school-based practice Source Type: blogs

The Case of Lena, Part III: George Barton's promise to help others who were in pain
The original book " The Counterpane Fairy " was written and illustratedby Katharine Pyle in 1898.  It is a fanciful story of a fairy who visits children in their beds as long as they do not cry.  The fairy brings some comfort to these children and has the ability to magically transport them away from their circumstances if they focus on one of the squares of their counterpanes (bedspreads).Occupational therapists may not be aware of how this story is relevant to the profession ' s history.  This post will conclude the exploration of ' The Case of Lena ' and explain how Pyle ' s story influenced George Barton...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - October 1, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: Barton history Source Type: blogs