therapy life & documentation

Quick List of Adult Therapy Tasks

Limited materials + no planning time + high productivity demands

Once upon a time I worked evenings and weekends as a PRN (per diem) clinician in skilled nursing, acute care and a tiny inpatient rehabilitation floor in the basement of the acute care hospital.  Transitioning to providing treatment to an unfamiliar patient took time and had a learning curve.  Sometimes the patient’s short term goals provided by the primary therapist were broad and planning time was non-existent.

I created this list of quick therapy ideas to be a reference tool of treatment tasks that don’t require much more than a few scraps of paper or a maybe a memory book.  Most activities can be discussion-based and then are more flexible to use in functional situations.



I hope someone finds this useful – please leave a comment below if you have more ideas to share with others!


10 comments on “Quick List of Adult Therapy Tasks

  1. This is amazing! I am a CF that just finished my first week in a SNF. I’m slightly overwhelmed but I think (and hope) I will catch on quickly and become more confident in my skills. I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your blog, and I will definitely be using some of your great ideas during my treatments!

  2. I am currently a 2nd year graduate doing her field placement in a SNF… your ideas are brilliant! thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Linda Gallardo

    Thank you for making life simple for us who always work on the “fly”. You have wonderful ideas and you’re able to put together tasks we all wish we had more time to do.

  4. Danielle Moseley

    Thank you so much for this!!!! I’m a CF, it’s my first month in a SNF and materials and ideas are a STRUGGLE!!! I can’t thank you enough!!!!!

  5. Great job! I’ll be starting to treat 7 dementia patient tomorrow (2nd grad practicum), and I’m already finding your tips very handy!

  6. Liz kindall

    I’m a cognitive rehab therapist and we use this kind of metacognitivie approach often in our sessions. This list of tasks and treatment focuses is spot on and very helpful! Thanks for posting!

  7. Sherri Coker

    I am in my CF year at a rehab hospital and still struggle with documentation (or at least, intelligent sounding documentation) and would LOVE some examples of how the patient response to therapy should read. I don’t know why this is so difficult for me, because I have always been good with words, but I really struggle. For example: documentation of OME performance by the patient . . . “patient completed facilitative technique to increase lingual and labial strengthening for improved intelligibility”. “patient demonstrated immediate recall of five-word list targeting improved attention/focus and to practice encoding of new information”.??? The struggle is real . . .

  8. Jennifer Moreno

    I’m so excited that I have found this site. I’ve spent the last 10 years in pediatrics and am moving to a SNF. This information will be so helpful. Thank you so much for putting the effort into making this, and bless your heart for sharing it!

  9. Elizabeth

    Can I just tell you how amazing this is?? And pretty much everything on your site. I hope you never stop posting. I’m in my last semester of grad school and doing my last field placement at a rehab hospital. This list is amazing for when I really just don’t have time to plan anything and need a quick idea. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  10. Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: