Occupational Therapy became a respected form of therapy in the United States in the early 1910’s. Since that time, Occupational Therapy has evolved into a service that has helped millions. This method of therapy, often called OT, treats patients with injuries, illness or disabilities by assisting them in re-learning simple, everyday tasks.
Some patients have the potential to regain skills that have been compromised by their conditions. Other patients need strategies to prevent further loss of abilities.
Regardless of specific diagnosis or condition, Occupational Therapy practitioners offer helpful methods to their patients to manage daily activities while reducing the risk of injury or further decline.
These therapists work with all ages and include rehabilitation, mental health, productive aging, wellness and health.
Occupational Therapists bring expertise to help patients translate “doctor’s orders” into manageable daily habits and routines, such as medication management.
By the year 2020, Occupational Therapy will grow by 30% in the United States, with the most demand coming from home health segment of the health industry.
CB Therapy Services continues to offer openings in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work and OT and PT Assistants all across North Texas. Contact CB Therapy today!
Each year on October 27, the occupational therapy world gathers together to celebrate World OT day. This day is also known at the Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service.
For those that are not familiar with occupational therapy, it is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental or developmental condition.
World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote occupational therapy locally, nationally, and internationally.
World Occupational Therapy Day will be integrated with other celebrations and promotions of the mission and goals of occupational therapy. Many other countries hold occupational therapy week or month in October.
The Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service is for occupational therapy practitioners and students who would like to volunteer community service to an individual or organization.
Service is not always about direct action—it can be providing free professional, and organizational services which can have an effect on the programs and causes that need your help. When you engage in an unpaid activity intended to benefit others, that is service.
So help us celebrate occupational therapy and occupational therapists worldwide as we recognize the valuable services they give to those in need.
With the Affordable Care Act in place many are wondering how it will affect them personally. If you are a Medicare customer your coverage will not be effected. Medicare is not a part of the Affordable Care Act and all of your benefits and security you have now will remain the same. Some preventative services will now be covered no cost to you, a deductible will not be charged to you either. Mammograms, colonoscopies, diabetes screening and yearly well visits are just to name a few. Preventive care is a large focus for healthcare providers.
When you purchase your Part D prescription drugs you will receive an additional 50% discount. There is no paperwork involved, it is an automatic discount. As the years pass the discount will increase and Medicare customers will save even more!
Coordinated care has been put into place to insure Medicare patients are getting the right care at the right time. This will prevent medical errors. Coordinating your care will ensure that all medical staff involved in your healthcare will be on the same page.
The Affordable Care Act includes new resources and tools to protect taxpayer dollars by preventing fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, building on the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department. New technologies have also been put into place to prevent Medicare fraud as well.
There are nearly 50 million Americans that are covered by Medicare. With the new Affordable Care Act in place these customers will receive more benefits, a large savings on prescription drugs, more efficient and safer medical care and protection against fraud.
The Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, has opened their enrollment for uninsured Americans to purchase coverage through the online insurance marketplaces.
Although coverage does not begin until January of 2014, many seniors are concerned that their home health benefits will be eliminated with proposed cuts to the government program. Although there will be some changes to Medicare, it does not look like home health care will be affected.
There is still criteria that muse be met in order to receive home health services through Medicare.
- You must currently be under the care of a physician and have a plan of care in place that is regularly evaluated by a physician.
- A physician must certify that you have one of the following needs for care
- Physical therapy
- Speech-language pathology
- Occupational therapy on a continued basis
For therapies, it must be anticipated that your condition will improve in a reasonable amount of time, or your condition requires a skilled therapist to implement a maintenance program.
There are many changes coming to the healthcare industry in the coming months, but home health care benefits through Medicare will remain the same. Many will continue to receive the same care as always without any action on their part.
While Medicare may experience changes in the future, it’s not going to happen any time soon. [Navix]
The Affordable Care Act has had an impact on the healthcare world in many ways. With these new laws in place we will see people with pre-existing conditions get the insurance they need while others with individual policies possibly paying more for their coverage.
All segments of the health care industry will be affected by these changes. Physical Therapy for example, will be in high demand. In return, they will have to work more efficiently, be more productive but still uphold the quality of care.Physical Therapy is an essential service for patients. As participants in the health care delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation, prevention, health maintenance and programs that promote health, wellness and fitness. These therapists are also active in professional and community organizations.
From a practical standpoint, physical therapist will need to adopt technologies that improve efficiency and speed up workflow as they experience an increase of patients. These technologies allow for physical therapists to provide quality care while saving time spent on administrative work (time that could and should be spent treating more patients).
One thing is for certain, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists will continue to see a big demand for their services in the coming years.
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Baby Boomers started retiring in 2011, totaling over 78 million people. This group of individuals are reported to be very independent, therefore making their own decisions about personal health care for the future.
Thirteen million baby boomers are still personally caring for their parents and in turn have come to realize that home health care is a much more comfortable and affordable route. Unlike the baby boomer’s parents, they will more than likely not have their own children to look after them as they age. Many baby boomers never married and overall, have had fewer children, therefore they will have to rely on caregivers.
This generation has also been known to be very frugal. They were taught to save and plan for the future. Many baby boomers have pensions and social security. Personal home health care is much more affordable as compared to the hospital or nursing home care, which can diminish their savings very quickly.
Baby boomers have put home health care on the map and will continue to do so in the coming years. [Comfort Keepers]
As recently as the 1970’s, some doctors around the country made house calls. It made perfect sense. If a patient’s condition had worsened beyond an initial office visit, the patient should have been seen in the comfort of their own home.
The healthcare industry of today is such that we need to decrease the cost of healthcare while improving the quality of treatment.
Additionally, baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 each day. With the advances that have been made in medical diagnosis & treatments, the number of people who live with chronic diseases will continue to grow. Seventy-five percent of Americans age 65-plus have at least one chronic condition. The single biggest contributor to healthcare costs is chronic disease.
The current healthcare system is based on the idea that the sickest of all Americans should be treated in a hospital or other medical facility. This is short-term thinking. If chronic diseases are managed on a daily basis with home care, it can shorten hospital length of stay and lower readmissions. The evidence is there, that health care at home allows patients to live longer and better lives.
So, why does home care continue to be undervalued? It shouldn’t be. Only when we begin to recognize home care as being the patient-centered, collaborative effort that it is, then the healthcare system will be truly reformed.