Tracy Milius, OT
Each of us has a right and a responsibility to advocate for our professions. As regulations continue to change and even dictate our reimbursement and delivery of service, we are obligated to voice our support or concern to our senators and representatives on the issues that affect our practice. And they do listen. While visiting Capitol Hill with over 500 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) members in early October, I listened to the phones ringing in each of the offices and to legislative aides recording careful notes on the feedback from each of the constituents who called in to provide their stance on various issues. Senator Deb Fischer (NE) told our group that she takes the call list home every night and reviews who called along with their viewpoints. But our elected officials are unable to accurately represent the views of their constituents if we don’t reach out.
Each year around three million people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Falls are preventable, and therapists can play a part in reducing these numbers from the National Council on Aging (NCOA):
- One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
- Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall
- By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $67.7 billion
We’ve previously outlined the basics of how to get started with pre and post-employment testing programs, a service offered in many of our locations because it can be marketed to a variety of businesses. So, how is it working for our teams?
Rehab Director Stephanie Foust, PT has offered a functional employment testing program for a few years. Testing is provided to employees and future employees of area clients with whom she maintains an annual contract. Therapists determine if individuals are capable of performing lifting, pushing, pulling and other job-specific tasks deemed necessary by the client. The testing is also provided to employees who have been injured or off the job to decide if they can return to work.
Stacy Ashley Murphy
Today I celebrate my 10th anniversary as RehabVisions’ marketing director. Being at a company for 10 years is a little unusual in this day and age. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median tenure of all US employees was 4.2 years in 2016, with a median of 5.1 years for workers in management or professional occupations like mine.
WHAT IS WELLNESS?
The National Wellness Institute (NWI) shares the following model of wellness:
- Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
- Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
- Wellness is positive and affirming