I am lucky enough to work with an amazing group of therapists, two of whom I was able to learn the ins and outs of the long term care (LTC) unit from. Sarah Charest, OTR/L-CLT and Margaret Glynn, OTR/L-WCC had the opportunity to share their passion and expertise at the AOTA conference this year discussing "Occupational Therapy’s Role in Improving the Quality of Life of Frail Elders". I would love to take the time to share the work that they shared with us during our Huddle.
What makes OTs unique with end of life care?
· Wide knowledge base of disease process and end of life challenges
· Creativity and ability to “think outside the box”
· Compassionate liaison for family/residents
· Ability to collaborate with direct care staff and interdisciplinary team
What can you do?
· Don’t be afraid to join the conversation about end of life care
· Talk your DONs about a Safe Patient Handling program www.aspho.org
· Take a class on Wound Prevention and positioning
· Talk your Quality Assurance personnel about best practices for Fall Prevention www.stopfalls.org/resources
How to Get Started at your Facility!!
· Establish or include yourself to weekly Falls and Wound rounding
· Develop a trigger list for therapy needs to use at Care Plan/Family meetings
· Talk to Medicine and Social Work about the benefits of a Palliative Care Team www.nhpco.org/palliative-care-0