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Now Hiring a Speech Therapist

We are expanding at Advanced Medical and we now have 1 opening for a Speech Therapist.  If you’re interested in applying, visit our careers page.

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JOB DETAILS:
*Masters degree is required
*Licensure required
*CPR certificate (health provider)
*Two (2) years relevant experience is required
*Offering a per diem/part-time position

JOB SUMMARY:
Provide patient care consisting of evaluation, planning, treatment and documentation. Promotes and develops physical therapy services in homecare/hospice.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Master’s Degree in Speech/Language Pathology.Licensure/Certification/Registration: Current MN license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience: Previous Home Care experience. Licensure/Certification/Registration: N/A

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: speech therapy principles; Experienced with evaluation and treatment of patients with neurological disorders, conducting Swallow assessments and current Dysphagia management. Extensive knowledge in the field of Physical Rehab, including patient assessment, treatment planning and documentation guidelines; knowledge of safety practices and procedures. interpersonal dynamics; community resources; Make decisions and solve problems; work in a mature constructive manner; professional judgment and to accept responsibility; follow through with directions; organize and prioritize responsibilities; present information to others; be self-motivated and independent; time manage.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/LIFTING REQUIREMENTS:
Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking; intermittent exertion when performing treatments. Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds; sit and drive (providing own vehicle).

AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:
Skilled at assessment and knowledgeable of growth and development. Provides appropriate care respective to the ages of the patients served per clinical environment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances; may be exposed to/occasionally exposed to patient elements; exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illness); subject to varying and unpredictable situations; handles emergency or crisis situations.

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Healthy Savings for Medicare Members

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Big rewards for Healthy Savings are coming soon.Watch your mailbox – and you could save BIG on groceries. The Medica Healthy Savings program is now available to you. This Medica exclusive program helps you and your family eat healthy and save more than $50 a month at some of the top grocery stores in your neighborhood.

Healthy Savings is yours at no extra cost; it’s just another valuable feature of being a Medica Individual and Family member. After receiving your card, activate it and each week you’ll receive an email with featured offers already loaded on your card. Simply scan your card at checkout and save instantly.

Shop for the weekly healthy food promotions offered at any of our participating grocery stores.


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Buy healthy. Eat healthy. Be healthy. 

 

 

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World Occupational Therapy Day

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The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession which globally is made up of 80 national occupational therapy professional organizations. World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of WFOT locally, nationally, and internationally.

Thank you to our Occupational Therapists for your commitment to your patients and for all you do!

 

 

 

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Physical Therapist Job Opening

Exciting things are happening here at Advanced Medical.  We are getting so busy and we’re now accepting applications for a Physical Therapist.

We make the application process easy! Fill out our online application today.

AMHC Online Application 

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Job Details:
* Graduate from an accredited Physical Therapy School.
* MN PT license prior to employment.
*CPR certificate (health provider)* Two (2) years relevant experience is required
*MUST HAVE Home Care Experience

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for providing physical therapy to Home Care patients and primary case management when indicated. Responsible for timely and accurate communication and documentation relative to physical therapy services. Provide clinical supervision for the Physical Therapist Assistant. Promotes and develops physical therapy services in homecare/hospice.

QUALIFICATIONS:   Education: Graduate from an accredited Physical Therapy School. Experience: Two (2) years experience.  Licensure/Certification/Registration: Current MN PT license.

MINIMUM PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   Experience: Previous Home Care experience. Licensure/Certification/Registration: N/A

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Knowledge of: physical therapy principles; interpersonal dynamics; community resources; legal limitations within the practice of physical therapy. Ability to: Make decisions and solve problems; work in a mature constructive manner; exercise good, professional judgment and to accept responsibility; follow through with directions; organize and prioritize responsibilities; present information to others; be self-motivated and independent; time manage.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/LIFTING REQUIREMENTS:   Ability to walk, talk, see, hear, bend and lift up to fifty (50) pounds; sit and drive (providing own vehicle).

AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:   Skilled at assessment and knowledgeable of growth and development. Provide appropriate care respective to the ages of the patients served per clinical environment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:   Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances; may be exposed to/occasionally exposed to patient elements; exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illness); subject to varying and unpredictable situations; handles emergency or crisis situations.

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World Physical Therapy Day

Sunday was World Physical Therapy Day! (Sept 8, 2013)

The day is an opportunity for physical therapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

Thank you to all of our PTs and PTAs for all you do!

For information on World Physical Therapy Day CLICK HERE

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Fulfilling the Need for Therapists

Having trouble finding a therapist?

Great speech, occupational and physical therapists are hard to come by and even harder to keep on staff.  In the home health care industry therapists have a wonderful advantage, there is a high volume of patients and lower number of therapists.

Today skilled therapists can be choosy about where and who they work for, which in our opinion is a good thing!

Our company is founded and run by a PT who has spent several years developing relationships with other phenomenal therapists, who are experts at what they do.  Because of that, we are proud to say we are fully staffed with exceptional speech, occupational and physical therapists.  

We are reaching out to assist other agencies to fulfill their staffing needs in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

If we can be of service to you and your agency please contact our office.

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Nursing homes using less antipsychotics and more patient-centered care…

This new data update from CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) reflects what we’ve always believed, that there’s a great need for mental health intervention in home care.  Many patients need this service just as much, if not more than their skilled service (SN, PT, OT, ST).

Hopefully in the future we will see dementia and other behavioral health issues treated with more of a patient-centered care plan and with less antipshchotic drugs .

Ultimately our focus is on the total well-being of our patients, physically and mentally.

To read the article click HERE

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Be Happy, Be Healthy – The Importance of Neck Posture

Our Physical Therapist, Mike found this great article on the importance of good head posture. If you have headaches, neck, head and shoulder pain, check this out!

Forward Head Posture

Forward Head Posture (FHP) can be recognized by the positioning of the ear being forward of the shoulder, rather than sitting directly over it. Poor neck posture leads to a Forward Head Position which is one of the most common causes of neck, head and shoulder tension and pain. This can be a result of long term habits of “slumping” at the computer, whilst driving, sitting poorly on the couch, or poor sleeping posture. These habits can be worsened if strains and sprains of the neck have occurred in the past which has weakened the neck muscles.

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Imagine how uncomfortable it would be to hang a bowling ball around your neck. Well this is exactly what your body might be experiencing every day if you suffer Forward Head Posture.

For every inch your head posture sits forward, the head gains 4.5kgs (10 pounds) in weight. This forces the muscles in your upper back and neck to work much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping forwards onto your chest. With your muscles in constant contraction to achieve this, pressure is added to the nerves at the base of the skull, which can cause headaches [24].

Forward Head Posture is a very common postural issue, and it is estimated to occur in between 66% [25] and 90% [26] of the population.

An increased forward head posture has been strongly associated with decreased respiratory muscle strength in patients [27], which can affect the ability to breath and reduce lung capacity by as much as 30% [28].

Forward head posture has also been linked to tension-type headaches, with the degree of forward head posture having a direct correlation with duration and frequency of headaches [29], as well as increased blood pressure [30]. Long term forward head posture leads to muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, pinched nerves and instability [31]. Abnormal neck posture has also been associated with headaches, abnormal functions of the eyes and the ears, and psychological and mental disorders [32].

Awareness of the correct neck and shoulder posture is the first step toward correction. A great way to start correcting poor neck posture is through exercises which are designed to help gain control over postural neck muscles which have become weak and fatigued over time.

For full article and author CLICK HERE

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