Treating patients and helping them heal can be tremendously rewarding, but providing hands-on therapy—as a generalist PT, at least—might not float everyone’s boat. I mean, consider my job. I’m a professional writer (and I kind of like it), but the idea of churning out listicles and research articles probably sounds nauseating to a lot of people.
Rehab therapy practice owners close down their businesses for many different reasons—from retirement to say, a large-scale health crisis. Whether a closure is temporary or long-term, there’s definitely a wrong way to close up shop—and as a result, leave your employees and patients high and dry…
As much as we didn’t want it to happen, it looks like the US has entered a recession. For those of us in the rehab space, it’s an especially challenging time. While rehab has weathered other economic downturns fairly well in the past, the coronavirus pandemic (coupled with fallout from PDPM and PDGM) has caused some serious foundational cracks in the physical therapy profession.
2020 has been one hell of a year. We kicked off the new year with a news cycle about fraught international tensions—followed shortly by all-encompassing coverage of the Australian bushfires. In February and early March, news about COVID-19 began picking up steam, and the economy started to feel the effects of the pandemic in April. Early May heralded the arrival of the murder hornets, and the month ended with the tragic death of George Floyd. June was defined by social unrest and the BLM movement (which still continues to this day), and it’s beginning to look like July will be the month of the sun-blocking Saharan dust cloud an
As the world begins to resume operations, many physical therapy professionals are wondering how they can deliver the best possible care to their patients—without putting anyone at risk of contracting COVID-19 in the process.
After months of enduring shutdowns and restrictions, physical therapy clinics are finally reopening their doors and extending their hours—and many furloughed therapists and front office workers are returning to work. But everything’s not exactly “back to normal”—far from it.
“New normal.” It’s a phrase we’re hearing more and more as the US begins to open up and resume operations—at least partially. This tentative move toward some sense of normalcy means many of us will face significant change in the weeks ahead.
COVID-19 has created the perfect witch’s brew of intense stress. People across the country are concerned about the health of themselves and their families; job security is shaky (and household incomes are dropping); and basic necessities like food staples and hygiene supplies are still—even after two months—difficult to find.
In this Q&A, Simon Hargus, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, the owner of First Settlement Physical Therapy (FSPT), explains how he is leading his organization through the COVID-19 pandemic. He covers FSPT’s approach to continuity planning, the steps the company is taking to stay financially stable through the current situation, and the changes he plans to implement in the future based on what he has learned over the last few weeks (including an increased focus on telehealth and cash-based services).
Plenty of physical therapists have fantasized about working from home—especially after an especially hectic day with back-to-back patients. But, now that the coronavirus has rendered many in-person physical therapy models inappropriate (at least for now), quite a few PTs are taking the idea of remote work much more seriously.
For many of us, the past couple of weeks have been surreal—almost dystopian. We have gone from living our lives as normal—observing the freedoms and routines most of us take for granted—to considering every potential action and activity through a new, exceptionally cautious lens.