Addressing Sexuality & Identity in the Older Adult

Addressing Sexuality & Identity in the Older Adult

Sex is an ADL! Do you address a client’s sexuality or ask your patient’s how they identify? These are the questions that we as OT practitioners must ask ourselves in order to provide client centered care, keeping in mind AOTA’s Vision 2025: “As an inclusive profession, OT maximizes health, well-being and quality of life for

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PEOP Model: The Basics for OT Practice

PEOP Model: The Basics for OT Practice

By their very nature and the influence of their educational background, occupational therapists have to take a wholesome approach in therapeutic intervention.  This means looking beyond the patient or client’s medical limitations and considering outside-of-the-box barriers and enablers related to occupational success.  One of the dozen theoretical models that OTs learn in school that provides

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Retrograde Massage 101 for Occupational Therapists

Retrograde Massage 101 for Occupational Therapists

I remember as a new grad occupational therapist, when I was first asked to provide a retrograde massage to a patient. I was so nervous! Was I providing the right amount of pressure? Was I moving in the right direction? So many questions! I was so grateful for fellow OT support at that moment (and

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The Biopsychosocial Model and Occupational Therapy

The Biopsychosocial Model and Occupational Therapy

The biopsychosocial model and occupational therapy are the perfect match as they both focus on the biological, psychological, and social elements, as well as a person’s individual experiences. It is often confused as being a biopsychosocial frame of reference, but it’s not, as a model of practice helps organize a clinician’s thinking and approach, vs 

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The Caregiver Experience From a Personal OTA Perspective

The Caregiver Experience From a Personal OTA Perspective

Being a caregiver is hard. With my experience working with older adults and their families over the years as an occupational therapist, I have come to realize that it is not a “one-man-show”. Being a patient is multifaceted and because OT is a holistic profession, we have to make sure we are looking at the roles

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10 Items For an Occupational Therapy Stroke Intervention Basket

10 Items For an Occupational Therapy Stroke Intervention Basket

Are you having a hard time preparing for an occupational therapy treatment for your patients with a stroke? I love stroke intervention. It’s actually my favorite population and I was always so excited to get a CVA OT eval and treat orders in the hospital. My dilemma was always coming prepared to the patient’s room.

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OT Treatment Idea: Coupon Activity for Cognition

OT Treatment Idea: Coupon Activity for Cognition

by Bri Giruzzi, OTR/L MS As OT practitioners, we try to have our sessions and  occupational therapy treatment ideas be as individualized as possible. Best practice calls for using the client’s own interests and roles. With a full caseload, and especially with patients who are harder to motivate, it is sometimes easy to get stuck

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PDPM, Occupational Therapy & SNF Questions Answered!

PDPM, Occupational Therapy & SNF Questions Answered!

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for occupational therapy practitioners in SNFs is a hot topic these days. I get questions all the time asking, “What does PDPM mean for therapy?” and “What is PDPM’s impact on therapy services?” I have the privilege of listening to your stories on how this change of payment systems

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Stereognosis Intervention in OT: How to Up & Down Grade

Stereognosis Intervention in OT: How to Up & Down Grade

We are now digging into how to grade a stereognosis intervention when you are working with adults in OT, PLUS a case study to give you some really concrete examples. If you haven’t checked out the rest of the stereognosis series, let’s recap… In Part 1 of this 2-part article series we got into the “who”,

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Stereognosis Tests in Occupational Therapy

Stereognosis Tests in Occupational Therapy

Stereognosis involves using your tactile discrimination and touch perception skills to identify and recognize an object or group of objects with vision occluded; in other words stereognosis is when your fingers essentially “read” between the objects of different textures, temperatures, sizes, shapes, and weights and send information to your brain to figure out which of

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