Let's Talk About Sex (Baby!) and Identity in the Older Adult
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Sex is an ADL! Do you address a client's sexuality or ask how they identify? These are the questions that we must ask ourselves in order to provide client centered care, keeping in mind AOTA’s Vision 2025: “As an inclusive profession, OT maximizes health, well-being and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities, through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living." Guest Devlynn Neu MS OTR/L shares their passion for bringing awareness and unity within the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as helping OT practitioners feel comfortable addressing sexuality in ..read more
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The Biopsychosocial Model and Occupational Therapy
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
The biopsychosocial model and occupational therapy are the perfect match as they both focus on the biological, psychological, and social elements, as well as a person's individual experiences. It is often confused as being a biopsychosocial frame of reference, but it's not, as a model of practice helps organize a clinician's thinking and approach, vs  a frame of reference is a tool to guide one's intervention. What I love about this model, is that it really puts the person first - but wait, I know what you are thinking, "I am an OT practitioner and I already do put my ..read more
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The Caregiver Experience From a Personal OTA Perspective
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Caregiving is hard.  Listen to the personal story Katherine Ayala OTA, shares about being a caregiver to both her mother and father while finishing up occupational therapy school. Stories like hers give us, as healthcare professionals, a perspective to help us love, forgive, strive and be the best we can be.  A special thank you to Katherine for sharing her story.  → 3 Key Takeaways Caregiving is a hard role, especially when it isn't a role you have planned. "Balance" is more than difficult to achieve and having family support helps. Caregiving can change (strengthen ..read more
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PDPM Q & A: Your Questions Answered!
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
The Patient Driven Payment System (PDPM) for occupational therapy practitioners in SNFs is a hot topic these days. I get questions about what does PDPM mean for therapy and what is PDPM's impact on therapy services all the time and listen to the stories on how this change of payment systems have impacted services provided and jobs. I was fortunate to be able to get some of your questions answered by Sabrena McCarley MBA-SL, OTR/L, CLIPP, RAC-CT, QCP, who not only presents the webinars for AOTA on PDPM, but eat, breathes and sleeps PDPM because of her positions as the Director of Quality ..read more
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Promoting OT, Advocating and Marketing Our Distinct Value
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
What do we need to do to promote occupational therapy? Do we have to? How do we define occupational therapy and what we "do" for our patients? Brock Cook OT, the host of the occupational therapy podcast, Occupied, and I dive into these questions and hash out how OT's distinct value is communicated in healthcare, with out patients, our coworkers and communities. Also, check out all the the occupational therapy podcasts at OTpodcasts.com ..read more
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Occupation Based & Functional Treatment Ideas for OT's in a SNF
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Occupation based treatment ideas feel like they should come easy, but sometimes we as OT practitioners find barriers to getting creative and finding the occupations that are meaningful to our clients. Timisha Tross BS, COTA shares how it doesn't have to be hard to put more occupation, creativity and fun into your occupational therapy treatment sessions - especially if you are working in a skilled nursing facility. Resources: Timisha's ebook: 12 Case Studies Treatment Intervention and Documentation Examples for Occupational Therapists Working in Skilled Nursing Facilities OT Dressing Techniques ..read more
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Neuroplasticity After Stroke: Use the Research to Get Better Results in OT
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Neuroplasticity, strokes and occupational therapy go together like peanut butter and jelly. They all need each other to help maximize the outcomes and occupational performance of our patients (or in the case of the sandwich, just taste delicious ?). Crystal Cabrera MS OTR/L and Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist shares the research on how to step up our games as occupational therapy practitioners by integrating the 10 Principles of Neuroplasticity into our practice. → 3 Key Takeaways 1. Print off this "10 Principles of Neuroplasticity" pdf so you can review them with your patients and get off o ..read more
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Volunteering Internationally in Occupational Therapy
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Have you ever had wanted to volunteer internationally using your occupational therapy skills? Ever dream of exploring cultures, helping others, meeting like minded professionals or promote occupational therapy in foreign countries? In this episode, Sarah Putt MA, OTR/L and I talk about how she uses volunteering internationally to sharpen her critical thinking skills, creativity, and giving back to the occupational therapy profession. Resources World Federation of Occupational Therapists | WFOT Connect with Sarah on Instagram or download the OT4Lyfe Podcast at her website → 3 Key Takeaways If ..read more
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Spirituality and Intuition in Occupational Therapy
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Even though there is a large percentage of the US population that affiliates with some level of spirituality or God, our current healthcare system does not often put a priority on spirituality and intuition outside of a typical hospital chaplain. Because occupational therapy looks at the "whole person," it is an important aspect of people's lives that we sometimes don't address. Some areas of OT practice integrate this more easily, such as roles in hospice and palliative care, but given the fact that spirituality affects the health, healing and well-being of our patients, it is a necessary asp ..read more
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Driving Retirement: Helping With the Transition
Seniors Flourish Podcast | Occupational Therapy
by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L | Occupational Therapist
2w ago
Many know that occupational therapists help with driving rehab, but how about driving retirement? It is a HUGE shift to go from driving to not driving and what is our role in preparing our patients with this transition? The more we can help our patients explore alternative options, the easier it will be for them in the future. Terri Cassidy OTD, OTR/L, Certified Driving Rehab Specialist, discusses what this looks like, as well as how we can work on these goals for our patients to maintain as much independence in community mobility as possible! Resources from the show: Practitioner Toolkit: The ..read more
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