Monthly Exercise: The Power of Art

Monthly Exercise: The Power of Art

  Art is defined as having various branches of creativity, through painting, music, literature, dance and crafts.  Just about everything can be viewed as art.  Certain activities are recognized as an art, even if it does not involve painting or creating something...
Interim Payment Assessment

Interim Payment Assessment

There are situations when a Skilled Nursing provider may complete an assessment after the 5-day assessment.  This assessment is an unscheduled assessment and when deemed appropriate by the provider, may be completed to capture changes in the resident’s status and...
Final Rule FY 2020

Final Rule FY 2020

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly posted the pre-published fiscal year (FY) 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Final Rule. The rule includes updates to the Medicare Part A unadjusted federal per-diem...
Hide the Cones and Pegs

Hide the Cones and Pegs

As we move closer to the new world of PDPM, it is very important that our occupational therapy teams continue focus on functional intervention during their treatment session.  This is a great article from the American Occupational Therapy Association which could...
Exercise of the Month: Glute Contractions

Exercise of the Month: Glute Contractions

  Goal:  To engage and retrain the gluteus maximus muscles.  Also known as buttock muscle  Benefits:  Considered the largest muscle group in the body, along with being one of the strongest.  Todays’ culture has led to more sedentary life style of sitting and lack...
The Interrupted Stay

The Interrupted Stay

If you were to Google the word ‘interrupt’, you will see the definition, “stop the continuous progress of (an activity or process); stop (someone speaking) by saying or doing something; break the continuity of (a line or surface); obstruct (something, especially a...
Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care

Phase 3 of the implementation schedule for the Mega Rule go into effect in November of this year. Phase 2 and 3 require facilities to demonstrate staff competencies and skill sets based on resident population, as well as providing training to remediate identified...
Shoulder Injury Prevention

Shoulder Injury Prevention

The shoulder is a complex body part that consists of 3 bones, 3 joints, bursa, cartilage, numerous ligaments, tendons, and muscles. In the United States in 2015 there were over 100,000 workplace injuries involving the shoulder. Over 66% of those injuries were a...
Retirement: How Should I Age in Place?

Retirement: How Should I Age in Place?

A fact, prior to the industrialization of America, retirement was not normal.  Retirement is an artifact of the Great Depression, this was a result of government and industry urging older people to retire so younger more abled-bodied individuals could work.1 As the...