Working as a Home Health Therapist: What new grads need to know

bigstock-Physical-therapist-helping-a-d-11987291-1.jpgIf you’re a new graduate looking to build a career in therapy, consider working in the home health field. This fulfilling professional role enables you to have a direct impact on people’s quality of life, helping them strengthen their skills and abilities or recover from health conditions in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. 

Read on to learn more about the job duties of a home health therapist, changes in the field you should be aware of and tips for working in home health. 

What does a home health therapist do?

Home health therapists work with individuals who are unable to leave their homes to receive care. They may have mobility issues, chronic conditions, disabilities, disorders or injuries that prevent them from traveling to visit therapists. A home health therapist often sees patients on a regular schedule, becoming a trusted and dependable individual in their lives. 

Home health care includes both occupational and physical therapists. These roles are further explained below. 

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2017 Changes in the Home Health Therapy Field You Should Know About

Any therapist considering entering the home health field should be aware of important changes happening in the industry. Right now, the major issue of focus is the proposal of the home health groupings model, or HHGM. This new payment model rolled out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services represents a dynamic shift in how patient care is organized and how home health care providers are reimbursed. If ultimately approved, HHGM would be required to go into effect at the start of calendar year 2019. Here are some more details on several areas of the model that would impact home health therapy:

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Grab Your Mickey Ears: We’re Headed to the FPTA Annual Conference in Orlando

14448151_127262381067419_1949288542425317376_n.jpgPack your flip flops and meet us at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek from September 14th – 17th for the Florida Physical Therapy Association 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando and earn up to 27.5 hours for attending. As the only healthcare professional organization that solely represents the unique interests of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of Florida, FPTA educates Floridians, healthcare providers and public policy decision makers about the key role the industry plays in restoring and improving motion. 

In addition to several networking opportunities, attendees will enjoy an information rich event that includes three key presentations from Rob Landel, Mike Eisenhart and Nancy Beckley, recognized experts in the Physical Therapy field. 

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August Employee Spotlight: Robbie Guess

robbie2.jpgKicking off our Employee Spotlight series, we’re proud to introduce you to Robbie Guess, a National Recruiter who joined our team over 3 years ago. Not only is Robbie well liked around Jackson, but Jackson Therapists have left over 30 five star reviews about him on the popular Allied Travel Careers website. In order to get to know Robbie a little better, we sat down and asked him some really important (and not so important) questions.

Describe a passion you have for the type of work that you do:

I really enjoy the fact that I get to help people out with their career goals and ambitions. Even if it’s just to visit a new place, the travelers seem to really enjoy our assistance and it’s gratifying to know that my work helps others with their lives.

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This Traveling Therapist tackled a 100-mile bike ride while on assignment in Alaska

heather and friend.jpgWhen therapists decide to become travelers, many of them do so purely for the adventure of it. One particular Jackson Therapist took her love for adventure one step further and challenged herself to complete a 100-mile bike trek across Alaska. Heather is a traveling Physical Therapist on assignment in Alaska who decided just exploring Alaska wasn’t enough, she wanted to do more (while helping others). Read on to learn more about Heather and her amazing feat.

Making time for training

Heather has been a traveling therapist for the past three years.  When she got placed in Alaska, she was ecstatic since it was one of her top destinations she wanted to explore.

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