Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder
If the past 12 months have been anything for those serving in long-term care, it has been traumatic. With that said, we have risen to the occasion.
Tuesday night pizza at the Kinder home while watching election returns somehow brought up the phrase “choose kindness.” Just the right message we all need.
We must dig deep, assess the unique coloring in any “heaviness” in our patients and understand what may be just below the surface.
Imagine for a moment being trapped in your own mind. Unable to form words, unable to understand others.
Therapy providers and teams need to have a fundamental understanding of how their coding practice, clinical trending and reimbursement levels compare to others in their state and across the nation.
Let’s face it: COVID-19 is here to stay for a while and as our summer season ends another season is on the way. Flu season.
We are one week ahead of a historic Kentucky Derby, and I ask you: Is your rehab provider wearing blinders?
If we have learned anything during this pandemic it is that we cannot go at this alone.
My household smells like the inside of a swimming pool. Literally, only Clorox will do. Walls, floors, bathrooms, kitchen, even in the laundry. Everyone here has some piece of clothing that has suffered with the proof shown in spot, discoloration and fading.
As we soak up the summer heat, look longingly for the days of normal life, and seek the structure back to school season provides, let us refocus on lessons learned.
COVID-19, we are navigating your blinding and winding path and will arise from grips stronger than ever.
There is much being said about the precious nature of life these days.
If at first you don’t succeed, keep justifying yourself until you get a win from federal regulators. That has to be the mantra for therapy providers and others during this pandemic.
Providing the right care for our nursing home should be a little thing. Not a big thing, not a struggle, not a herculean task battling red tape in your organization, and one that should allow us to use basic human common sense.
Thankfully, post-acute care focus on swallow assessment and rehabilitation has improved since the implementation of the Patient Drive Payment Model.
These are trying times, but professionally and personally they also represent great opportunities to give our patients our best.
When will we ever see paradise again? It may be staring you in the face already, or just around the corner.
The therapy world as we know it has been transformed in the era of COVID-19. Allow me to provide some important answers to some important questions.
I have seen recommendations that families have been advised to communicate via phone, FaceTime, Skype, and other various modes of communication. But are residents prepared to do this?
If there is a buzzword being used in our industry right now, it would be “data.” What will your data say about you?