Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
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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.
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.
Your colleagues have some great ideas on how to stay organized. Here are a few tips for finding the right therapy bag:
Get more tips for being organized like which items your colleagues always have nearby and how to start decluttering.
If you’ve ever been told you were pushy, you can use these helpful, non-pushy phrases with clients.
Get three more phrases from Monika Lukasiewicz here (AOTA member login).
Share your tips for OT practitioners working in homes in the comments! To comment, please log in to OT Connections (it's free to join!).