By OT’s, For OT’s: A Guide to Inventions by Occupational Therapists

By OT's, For OT's- OT Invention Guide

Happy OT Month 2016! Four years after initially learning about OT, three years after going through the wildly difficult OT school application process, two years after starting OT school, and just FIVE MONTHS before the end of my time as an OT student, I’m still as passionate about this profession as ever!

Although of course I celebrate OT all day every day, this month is a great time to advocate for OT, educate others about the profession, and celebrate the achievements of OT students, practitioners, educators, and supporters! And since I love to celebrate, for OT Month 2016 I’ve created a guide to products, publications, and projects created by OT practitioners from around the world!

Read on to learn more about products created by and for OT and OTA students and practitioners across practice areas!

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Setting the PACE: An OT Fieldwork with Older Adults

Setting the Pace

Today was my last first day of OT FWI EVER!!! That’s super exciting, because it means I’m one fieldwork closer to living the dream as an OTR!

My last week-long Fieldwork I experience is at a local Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) facility, and I absolutely LOVE it! The interdisciplinary teamwork, long-term relationships with clients, family involvement, and beautiful facility (with TONS of financial and other resources) are all factors I’m looking for in a potential workplace, so my FWI placement is a great fit. This was my first clinical experience that was focused exclusively on practice with older adults, and although I am on a federal training grant that will require me to work mostly in pediatrics for at least four years, I can definitely see myself working with older adults sometime in the future.

As of October 2015, there were 116 PACE programs in 32 states. Most are concentrated on the East coast, with very few existing in the Midwest and more rural states west of the Mississippi. (Click here to see a map and find the PACE program closest to you!) The goal of PACE programs is to provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to older adults to help them continue living safely in the community. The National PACE Association also asserts that “The PACE Model of Care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible” (National PACE Association, 2016).

PACE participants receive primary and nursing care, skilled therapy, medical equipment, transportation, and many other services that are often very costly or unavailable to older adults who are paying for them out-of-pocket or through Medicare or Medicaid fee-for-service plans. According to a federal website, “The PACE model of care is established as a provider in the Medicare program and as enables states to provide PACE services to Medicaid beneficiaries as state option” (Medicaid.gov).

I’m excited to get a chance to work with people in one of my favorite populations, and I’m looking forward to spending a week here. Read on to get the rundown of my first fast-paced day at a local PACE program!

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Celebrating a Love as Big as My Hair!

Hello out there! Just a note, this post is totally unrelated to OT, except for the fact that doing my hair is one of my most and least favorite ADLs.

In case you didn’t know, I’m getting married! And because I’m a poor grad student who doesn’t have a ton of money to spare (See: All my blog posts about saving money, lol), I’m trying to win as many things as possible for our upcoming wedding! So if you’re a fan of my blog or just want to help a poor grad student out, click over to the Facebook contest I’m in, like our photo, and help me win a free bridal hairstyling appointment! 🙂

Vote for our photo here!

Many thanks, and I’ll be posting more relevant content soon!

Yay!

Funding Your OT Education, Part III: During OT School

This post is Part III of a four-part series to help occupational therapy students and practitioners find ways to fund their OT education.

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This post is full of tips, advice, and resources for current OT students who are looking to save money as they pursue their degrees! In case you missed them, you can read the first two parts of my Funding Your OT Education series for advice about how to find funding for OT school and what you can do before starting OT school to make the most of your money.

Read on to learn about ways you can save as an OT student!
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Funding Your OT Education, Part II: Before OT School

 

This post is Part II of a four-part series to help occupational therapy students and practitioners find ways to fund their OT education. You can read Part I here.


 

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People who are applying to OT school are often in the difficult position of deciding which program they will attend before they have a 100% clear understanding of what their financial situation will be at each institution. It’s a tough spot to be in, but these tips will help potential OT students avoid as much debt as possible from the start of the application process onward.

Note: These tips are primarily geared towards students applying to graduate level occupational therapy programs, which are generally more expensive than occupational therapy assistant programs. However, much of the information still applies no matter which OT degree you are pursuing!

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Funding Your OT Education, Part I: How to Find Funding

This post is Part I of a four-part series to help occupational therapy students and practitioners find ways to fund their OT education.


 

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Welcome to Part I of the Gotta Be OT “Funding Your OT Education” series! The goal of this post is to introduce you to my tried-and-true method of identifying, organizing, and pursuing funding opportunities for your OT education. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, a new graduate, or even a veteran therapist with student debt to repay, this series will help you understand how you can get off on the right foot or get on track with your educational expenses.

 

The diagrams below represent the way I recommend conceptualizing and organizing your funding search process. The pyramid structure represents the relationship between the level of funding and the number of competitors you’ll likely have for that funding. (The smaller the segment, the smaller the number of competitors, and vice versa.)

Funding Triangles

 

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Free Magazines for OT Practitioners

 

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Hello again! The holiday season has come and gone, and we have officially entered that time of year when people are pinching pennies, making resolutions to save, and crossing their fingers in hopes that they’ll get a tax refund and not owe anything back!

If any of these scenarios rings true for you, you’ll be excited to learn that you can honor your resolutions and save a few bucks by spending absolutely nothing to access these free magazines with helpful articles, job postings, and information for OT students and practitioners! Below is a selection of six free publications that OT/As can read for treatment ideas, discussion of professional issues, product recommendations, and more!

P.S. (If you’re strapped for cash and looking for a good gift for an OT/A friend or coworker, a free magazine subscription will make them happy while saving you some money!)

Even if you are a dedicated reader of AOTA’s OT Practice magazine, I recommend signing up to receive digital editions of a few more magazines to help you sharpen practice skills, gain new perspectives on the profession, and improve your interactions with clients and families.

Read on to find out what’s free for those who practice OT!

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