Where Can I Get a Shower Chair?!

Getting and finding the durable medical equipment (DME) can be a challenge… here is a PDF for the current equipment lending closets/programs in Southern Arizona.

I currently work in the home health setting with primarily older adults and many of our clients are in need of affordable options for durable medical equipment. Insurance companies, including Medicare (what Medicare covers), cover SOME equipment, but many times clients and their family members are left with the responsibility and task of figuring out what equipment the client needs and how to get it. Additionally, for insurance and Medicare to cover the equipment, the clients must meet very specific criteria and have a physician prescription (in most cases).

Anyway, I put together a list of the lending closets and programs in Southern Arizona which will hopefully benefit consumers and providers in the area. Enjoy!

Southern Arizona Lending Closet Resource

*Disclaimer* The contents of this post are not a substitute for medical advice from your healthcare professional.

Car Yoga

Recently, I had the privilege of sharing my passion for yoga with my colleagues and they asked if I would teach a class at work.  Of course I jumped on this opportunity and I wanted to tailor this class specifically for their needs…

Many of us in the home health world spend HOURS a day driving and this can REALLY take a toll on the body (and mind).  Therefore, I developed a self-practice guide with a yoga flow specifically designed to counteract the effects of prolonged driving.

Please let me know if you have any questions/comments/suggestions/concerns!

Namaste,

Heidi

 

Yoga as a Modality for Occupational Therapy

Yoga has been one of my passions ever since my mother and I started practicing when I was in high school.  To me, yoga has always been a clarifying activity for me and I have also felt that practicing yoga is a life-long journey.

As I grew up, went to college, and finally to more college to become an occupational therapist, I kept yoga in my routine.  I believe that yoga practice can be tremendously supportive to anyone because it fits into all different lifestyles for people of all ages.  Yoga is a personal journey and people find meaning in yoga practice for many different reasons.

When I became an occupational therapist I learned how yoga principles and philosophy can compliment the framework of occupational therapy.  I view yoga as a modality that can be used as a meaningful activity to help people achieve wellness and lifestyle goals.  During OT school, I was blessed to be able to complete a research project with one of my professors where we starting using the term “occupation-based yoga, or OBY” and it was during this time that I learned some of the many “occupation-based” reasons people seek yoga out.

Top “occupation-based” reasons people seek yoga:

  • For improved sleep
  • For improvement of pain so that they are able to participate in work and leisure activities
  • For improved focus so that they are able to engage in high-level cognitive tasks

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