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Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

PDPM: Redefining Advantage

Can quality outcomes be delivered with fewer therapy minutes now that PDPM is pushing other payment buttons? The question deserves a full airing.

You need to calm down …

Friday evenings in our house have a general theme as we transition into the weekend.

PDPM: Keep calm and choose wisely

As PDPM comes ever nearer to being reality, conversations across therapy teams should remain focused on ensuring care is uniquely skilled, and that therapists are practicing at the top of their clinical license.

PDPM checklist for success

It’s that time again! Time for back to school, meeting new teachers, making new friends and looking forward to adventures ahead.

Freedom, the clinical way

Freedom means a lot of different things to people. I often feel it just means getting out of typical routines and spreading out in more of a creative sense while also getting back to functional care and therapy roots.

After the storm

Life hasn’t just been stormy. It’s been more like a torrential downpour that will not stop. But we all know that after a storm comes the … rainbow, new life, and a fresh beginning.

Supporting safety and security

I wrote two weeks ago about Maslow’s hierarchy, its relation to caregiving, and the benefit of aiming to achieve an esteem level belonging with the care you provide allowing individuals to feel fully respected. As a refresher, our needs are built across tiers of sorts, each tier must be met before an individual can progress…

Count your beans, delight in the batch

The author is enjoying an “exponential” payoff, having recently channeled her inner streaks of Isaac, Lawson, Emmy, Joseph and Kathryn.

Maslow and the Molly Maid

I recently had the pleasure of hearing a COO of a group of nursing homes present a closing session at their organization’s annual meeting. The company’s nursing teams, administrators and MDS Coordinators had spent a week together learning of regulatory updates, sharing ideas, and determining best approaches to practice in the coming year. His presentation,…

How to safely ‘fly the coop’

Transitions in care can be difficult, they can be scary, and when not coordinated appropriately they can be downright dangerous.

True Blue coding Madness

We have completed our brackets, we have identified key team players, and the industry is as engrossed in Patient-Driven Payment Model Coding Madness as a true-blue Kentucky fan! So how are your players lining up? Are you set for a full court press leading into October or will you be ending with a buzzer beater?…

Finding your sweet spot

Everyone is, or should be, looking for what their new sweet spot will be in the coming year.

Love never fails. But …

How can we overcome working together as an interdisciplinary team while also respecting and honoring the expertise of all to ensure we are trusting, protecting, hoping and persevering together? Interprofessionalism in practice and education is the answer.

Remember when: Reminiscence Therapy

All we have left, Mrs. Kinder, is a brand new Mercedes … We will have to upgrade your rental car this week for free. Is that going to be OK? I laugh out loud and respond, “Of course that is all you have. He would have it no other way.”

Yes, Emmy, everyone dies

My efforts to explain life and death to my 4-year-old, it seems, have failed and as a result she wants to make sure all current members continue living. If I remain positive and continue to say our family doesn’t die, then they will not. Or such is the logic for a 4-year-old.
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