Clinical Care Considerations During the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency
Now more than ever, clinicians should make every effort to assist facilities in addressing patient care needs by reviewing current plans of care to ensure function is at the core of the goals outlined.
During this unprecedented pandemic, it is important Reliant therapists partner with our facilities to serve our particularly vulnerable population. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists as essential healthcare providers. Individualized plans of care should employ therapeutic tasks that will target functional interventions to aid in reducing the care burden that daily tasks place on support personnel. Therapists can have a positive community impact that assists in addressing ongoing COVID-19 needs such as:
The following are a few discipline-specific clinical considerations which incorporate skill as well as practical, functional tasks relative to daily patient care:
As facilities implement proactive strategies to reduce transmission risk, therapy should adapt service delivery techniques to mitigate unintended consequences such as social isolation and reduced mobility.
The challenges therapy teams face in the adaptation of service delivery is met by the opportunity to create person-centered, specialized clinical care environments which emulate Reliant’s motto of Care Matters.
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