Airplane Transfer (Depression Scoot)

Sometimes, a slide board transfer may not be the safest option between surfaces. A patient may poor awareness of the board, have low confidence in their abilities, or a slide board may simply not be available. Another transfer you can...

Slide Board Transfer Tips & Tricks

The slide board can be a very useful device for a wide range of patient populations. While typically used for paraplegia or wheelchair dependent patients, I have seen them used for orthopedics with non-weightbearing precautions, generalized weakness, encephalopathy, and...
Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I will take notice of the many positive things this day has to offer. I live in the present and am confident about the future. I...
Home modifications can benefit patients of all ages and health conditions. As the population of older adults continues to grow and "age in place", home modification interventions are becoming more important to prevent injury in the home. Considerations: Fall risk...
Risks: Limited mobility (and inability to reposition) Loss of sensation Previous pressure injuries Cognitive impairment Nutritional deficiency Skin assessment: Skin integrity Color changes Variations in heat, firmness, moisture Prevention & Management: Pressure redistribution devices Repositioning Barrier creams Floating heels Patient education ...

Stress Management Group Ideas

Social games Social bingo Jeopardy Family Feud Scattergories Apples to apples (be sure to take out inappropriate terms, e.g. "crazy") Team based Pictionary Guess Who: have each participant anonymously write 3 interesting facts about themselves, shuffle the cards,...
Habits fall within the occupational therapy framework. However, habits can be hard to change. Whether for your personal goals or for our patients, using a compensatory technique can be very helpful for shaping our habits. Almost all of us carry...

CBT-I: Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene Tips Screen time: Turn off TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones, and game consoles one hour before bedtime Caffeine: Avoid caffeine 6-8 hours before bedtime Nicotine: Avoid nicotine before bedtime Alcohol: Avoid alcohol after dinner Sleeping Pills: Use sleep...
Occupational therapists can consider intervention for sleep disturbances with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on modifying unhealthy sleep habits, decreasing autonomic and cognitive arousals, altering negative beliefs and attitudes about sleep, and educating patients about sleep hygiene. Research...
  Melatonin May shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep by 12 minutes. Does not appear to improve the percentage of time that a person actually spends sleeping. Overall considered "safe", side effects may include: headache, feelings...