Omaha, Nebraska houses the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, a skilled nursing facility founded in 1982 and partner of RehabVisions since 1986. Our therapists recently helped Rose Blumkin install a sensory room, a space designed to abate the symptoms of dementia and other cognitive disorders. Occupational Therapist Rosie Gneym chose the sensory room as her passion project, an initiative she pursued during her doctorate program’s professional rotation at Rose Blumkin. The room required extensive design and conceptual research.
Nicole Sampson, OT in Marion, Kansas, went outside-the-box with her marketing efforts to grow pediatric services for her therapy department—she started a play-time group for kids. Named Toddler Time, the hour-long free program occurs twice a month and provides young children with a place to interact and develop social skills. The therapy department provides snacks, free resources for parents on summer play ideas, and introduces play activities that expand communication and promote tolerance to new textures in a controlled environment.
Jennifer Flanagan, SLP
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, dedicated to increasing awareness of the communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to speak, read, write and/or listen. Debra Kirchhoff, SLP is an advocate for therapists checking in on aphasic patients outside of their therapy sessions. When you hear skilled nursing staff use words or phrases like “combative,” or “they don’t understand me,” or “my patient just isn’t getting ready the way I want,” it’s appropriate to offer advice. These types of comments can be common when staff deal with aphasic patients. Providing occasional feedback to staff on how to best interact with them will help to reduce patient agitation.
In November 2016, RehabVisions acquired an outpatient clinic in Española, New Mexico—Española Sports Medicine.
The first half-year of RehabVisions’ ownership of this outpatient clinic has proven a success. We were able to hire all existing staff of the clinic and promote their long-time employee, Clair Bradbury, PT to rehab director. “We saw in Clair the skills we look for to lead our therapy departments,” Director of Operations Steve Kinkead, SLP said.
Tomorrow is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, and thousands of seniors will participate in activities that promote healthy living for older adults. Therapists in every setting are involved, not just tomorrow, but year-round with helping geriatric patients achieve and maintain a level of health and fitness that helps them be safe and independent. We asked a few RehabVisions therapists to share how the post-care involvement manifests in their respective settings.