Tracy Milius, OT
Almost half of Americans suffer from chronic illness with one in four suffering from multiple chronic conditions. In healthcare costs, that group absorbs 65 percent of total dollars spent; when considering Medicare alone, the number climbs to 95 percent. Those numbers can be shocking, but it’s important to remember that these statistics represent individuals. Individuals that, if given a roadmap for success, may jump at the opportunity to improve their health.
The physical therapy team in Harlan, Iowa spent the summer working on new programming to provide comprehensive emergency coverage for football games with local school districts. Rehab Director Steve Finn, PT is thankful for the teams’ efforts to provide training to local EMS providers for high school game coverage as it also “demonstrates commitment and dedication to area athletes.”
The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) National School Backpack Awareness Day is held on the third Wednesday of each September. The AOTA provides strategies for hosting backpack events as well as handouts, artwork and videos that therapists can use to promote awareness for backpack safety. AOTA member Jordyn Braun, COTA is leading the backpack safety awareness charge at RehabVisions’ outpatient clinic in Dickinson, North Dakota.
No two rehab departments are the same. However, working together to cultivate a healthy rehab team is a goal all teams should work toward, no matter the setting or how small or large the staff. Rehab directors Lili Wells, PT and Jenefer Mills, PT believe communication plays a large role in creating healthy environments.
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.