Do you work in clients’ homes? The Anonymous OT put together a list of the things you are able to handle that we think you’ll enjoy.

"You are able to run on some weird alternate time schedule that would make a clinic therapist’s head spin. Appointments around 8:20, 11:47, and 1:52? Sure, why not!
You know how to kill time in a Target if a patient cancels while far away from your own home. (If you are lucky enough to have an actual Target nearby.)"

Read the full list on Anonymous OT’s post.

We know life can be challenging for the home health OT practitioner, so we found a few tips and ideas to make your life easier.

Responses to Common Client Questions

Ever have a client say they wanted to cancel at the last minute because they weren’t feeling well? Next time it happens, try to respond like this:

“I am sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well. It is actually a good thing for me to come visit you [or at least a nurse depending how sick the client is feeling] so I can check your vital signs, see whether there is any way I can help make being at home as simple as possible, and determine whether you need to see your doctor. Many clients have felt this same way. They found it was beneficial for me to come for the session anyway. I can be there around 2 p.m.”

Find more responses like this in an OT Practice article by Monika Lukasiewicz (AOTA member login) including how to politely excuse yourself from a talkative client.

Organize Your Car and Therapy Bag

Your colleagues have some great ideas on how to stay organized. Here are a few tips for finding the right therapy bag:

  • Decide what needs to be in the bag with you versus what can stay in the trunk to lighten your load.
  • Consider having two bags—one large rolling bag with your main supplies organized in plastic zipper bags or plastic containers that can stay in the trunk. Bring a smaller bag into the school or home.
  • Scrapbook bags tend to have a lot of pockets and compartments for keeping things organized.

Get more tips for being organized like which items your colleagues always have nearby and how to start decluttering.

Phrases to Create an Open Space With Clients

If you’ve ever been told you were pushy, you can use these helpful, non-pushy phrases with clients.

  • Try using the phrase “Let’s see how you…” instead of telling a client “I need you to do x.”
  • “Would you be open to… [e.g., trying a transfer bench, experimenting with adaptive equipment]?”

Get three more phrases from Monika Lukasiewicz here (AOTA member login). 

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