If left up to me this holiday season, I vote let them be NAUGHTY.
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- Resident Behavior
'Tis the season to be giving. My cousin shared with me recently that she had her coffee paid for twice in the past week when going through the drive-thru at a Starbucks. I feel that we could all pay it forward in non-monetary ways to our fellow co-workers and residents.
You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.
Many of our therapy patients are medically complex and we, unfortunately, are not able to predict the future, as it sometimes seems that regulators want us to do.
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, physical, occupational and speech therapy used to provide group therapy and often co-treat. This was a totally different time and place for the history of rehabilitation.
There is an option in Facebook to mark your relationship status as, "It's complicated." This is a great way to sum up everything, without getting too personal. Even though posting your relationship status on Facebook is personal. It's also great way to characterize long-term care therapy.
Age-related changes are a natural part of everyone's existence. We can all expect to get wrinkles, gray hair, and decreases in our vision and hearing, among many other delightful changes. However, dementia is not one of these age-related changes to be taken as a "given."
We sometimes use high-minded phrases to describe our work and our hopes for our patients. But have we lost our connection to important words? Do they still hold meaning they once did, and if so, how strongly?
I recently read an article entitled, "J.Lo's sense of sexy style." It really made me think about the nursing home resident's role with this type of thinking.
The elderly are very vulnerable to dehydration and more than just the nursing staff have to be concerned about it. Not keeping an eye on appropriate hydration can cause a variety of serious problems.
Rehab Realities is written by Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Education for Encore Rehabilitation and acts as editor of Perspectives on Gerontology, a publication of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.