As an #OT, trying to find DME for patients can be a challenge - check out this list! | #geriatricOT #occupationaltherapy

Where OTs Find FREE DME (or a Smokin’ Deal) for Patients

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 10 Comments

In an ideal world, all of our patients would be able to get all the adaptive equipment and [easyazon_link keywords=”durable medical equipment” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”senioflour-20″]durable medical equipment[/easyazon_link] that they need and get it paid for. This, of course, is not the reality and many occupational therapy practitioners end up scrambling around to find DME that our patients can afford and help …

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The Only 121 Words You Need to Read Today as an Occupational Therapist

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 2 Comments

You Make a Difference Every. Single. Day. Most of us went into Occupational Therapy to help people, but we get sucked into the politics, the insurance companies, the pressures of corporation and the barriers that prevent us from doing the job we want to do. I challenge you today to remind yourself that what we do as a profession MATTERS. It matters …

Get some new ideas with this HUGE list of fine motor activities when working with adults | #OT #geriatricOT

Fine Motor Skills for Adults – The Ultimate Collaborative List!

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 6 Comments

I am always looking for new fine motor skills ideas, specifically when working with adults. I tend to resort to my “old favorites” that I know work well, along with specific activities that are important to my patients. But when I am working with a patient long term, where I need to grade the activity or trying to look for activities that …

5 BADL assessments for #OTs. Number 2 is my personal favorite. PLUS free PDF to print them all of + use tomorrow | #geriatricOT

5 Top BADL Geriatric Assessments for Occupational Therapists

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 11 Comments

When you’re a student or new occupational therapist practicing on your own, it can be hard to decide which Basic Activities of Daily Living (BADL) geriatric assessment tool to use to track your patient’s self-care progress. There are so many to choose from, so it can be overwhelming trying to comb Google trying to figure out which assessments will be best for …

Retropulsion treatment idea using 3 items you already have in your rehab gym. Let's help our patients with Parkinson's work on being able to transfer better and not fall backward | #geriatricOT #OT

Retropulsion Treatment Idea Using 3 Items You Already Have in the Clinic

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 39 Comments

Retropulsion has been a teensy-weensy thorn in my side. As in, “I am not exactly sure how to train or what types of treatment ideas” are there for my patients pushing back or losing their balance backwards when I am specifically working on functional transfers. It is a big factor in falls with my patients that have Parkinson’s Disease and limits …

Easy High Tech Ideas for OTs Who Do Not Work in Assistive Technology. Great practical solutions to keep older adults at home and independent | #OT #COTA

High Tech Home Modifications for the Generalist Occupational Therapist

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 8 Comments

I can honestly say I am a “jack of all trades” in the occupational therapy world. I am not an assistive technology guru or even have easy access to someone that is, since I live in a rural community. But I DO complete a lot of home assessments and make recommendations on home modifications.  I am going to review what to …

OT treatment idea for low level dementia patients. Perfect for purposeful activity (familiar & fun!) and sensory stimulation. Just print and play. |

Domino Match Game for Patients with Low Level Dementia

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 21 Comments

Working with low level patients that have dementia can be a challenge when your goal is to find treatment activities that are both purposeful and fun. Dominos are not only familiar, but they provide smooth tactile input, are visually stimulating and you can easily grade this activity. This domino match game can used as an independent activity with intermittent cuing or even …

Some of the BEST resources for OTs if you are working with geriatrics or phys dys - books, resources, CEUs + more |

Ultimate Resource List for OTs Working in Geriatrics & Physical Disabilities

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 5 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for great resources to use in my occupational therapy practice. I have a love for researching and staying up-to-date, so I am always digging around to see what I can find. So, due to popular request, I thought it would be helpful to make a list of the resources that I have …

Great tips to motivate your patients - especially those with dementia. #5 is my favorite! Plus FREE Quick Reference Guide with 2 BONUS TIPS. Check it out on| #geriatricOT

Tips of the Trade to Overcoming Patient Refusals

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 13 Comments

Patient refusals can be very frustrating! What do we do? There are supervisors to appease, RUG levels to adhere to, patients to help and ethical dilemmas to resolve. Here are a few tips to help ease the woes of patient refusals. 1. Split Your Minutes If you are an occupational therapist working in a SNF, sometimes having minute minimums are …

Plus FREE Patient Handout: Answering Kids Questions About Dementia. Read about a personal story of a woman, her mother, raising kids and how writing a book helped her on her journey. | #geriatricOT

OT’s Role in Helping Grandkids Understand Dementia

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As an occupational therapist helping older adults with dementia, we come into contact with many family’s caring for their parents. These caregivers are also known as the “sandwich generation,” because they are not only taking care of their parents, but also raising their own kids. Our role as Occupational Therapists are to #1. provide services for our patients, but also #2. provide caregiver education, …