April is National Autism Awareness Month and an appropriate time to reflect on how wide the autism spectrum is. Autism is a complicated disorder that can affect social behaviors, communication skills and family relationships in so many ways. Therapists can work to enhance patient and family quality of life by focusing on these three clinical tips:
Tracy Milius, OT
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 2017 is an opportunity to look back on the history of the occupational therapy (OT) profession, appreciate the commitment OTs bring to their facilities and patients, and be thankful for the benefits that both individual members and the profession as a whole receives from supporting the AOTA.
Seven months into her occupational therapy career, Erica Stevens, OT is enjoying life exactly where she was hoping to after graduation—treating the geriatric population and living and working in a rural area. It only took a level II fieldwork rotation and some in-depth research about contract therapy to realize RehabVisions could connect her with those goals.
Like many students we host for clinicals, Erica was skeptical of working in a nursing home. By the end of her first level I fieldwork rotation at a skilled nursing facility, she was intrigued by the type of care and support that therapists contribute to the geriatric population. She decided to pursue a level II fieldwork rotation in the skilled setting, that by chance would occur at a RehabVisions-managed facility.
In March of 2014, RehabVisions developed a new partnership with a critical access hospital in a town of 2,800 people. From the outset, we recognized there was great potential to expand their therapy services.
Our operations team established preliminary goals for this new challenge:
- Increase patient visits to meet full-time staff needs
- Provide patients with sufficient time required for quality patient care
- Establish protocols that address the adequate level of treatment for patient success
- Examine billing practices to ensure we are capturing proper reimbursement
Led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), Patient Safety Awareness Week occurs annually to promote the safe care of patients to both the public and practicing health care professionals. This year the campaign will run the week of March 12 – 18. Show your facility is engaged in the topic by downloading and sharing these materials with patients and providers: