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How it started…

Things changed after the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The healthcare system was strained. As covid cases trended up and down, so did my emotions. I was either busy or doing nothing at all. There was no in-between. Thankfully my employer never cut hours when it was slow, but many friends and former colleagues reported their employers did. I couldn’t live with such uncertainty, so I found PRN work to secure my income in case I too experienced hardship. The position proved to be more beneficial than its intended purpose. The agency was organized and methodical compared to others I had worked for. It truly set me up for success. I realized, that component – setting one up for success, was missing from most places. I saw an opportunity to use my experience to support fellow PT’s and promote longevity for newer clinicians drawn to home care. After all, home health has one of the highest turnover rates compared to its counterparts. It is a common pain point that affects many agencies and in turn, it affects revenue, the clinicians that choose to stay, and most importantly it affects clients and their care.

My thoughts to tackle the tumultuous nature of home health took form and was aptly named, teachmeDPT. It is a platform for home health physical therapists and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of home health care. Topics are inspired by the challenges experienced during the height of the pandemic and from my earlier years as a new grad. Content also reflects my personal and professional journey in pursuit of PT excellence, work-life harmony, health & wellness, and financial freedom. My hopes for teachmedDPT is that it will provide readers with tools to be successful home health clinicians, knowledgeable patients and caregivers, and to provide occasional comic relief because if I don’t laugh I may cry. If you can relate, then you’re in the right place.

Kayla V.

Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS

teachmeDPT‘s creator, Kayla V., is a passionate physical therapist with over a decade of home health experience. She began her career in home health as a new grad, despite discouragement from professors. It was a bumpy road but her challenges will not be in vain! She’s here to share what she wished she had known and strategies she’s procured along the way.

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