Welcome to the FlagPOST, a newsletter and forum where great therapy minds share ideas and innovations in their field. The FlagPOST provides therapists with clinical information, ideas, educational opportunities and techniques to keep you enthused and excited about service delivery and patient care. The Flag represents Ensign’s logo, and POST signifies each of our therapy disciplines: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. We think the FlagPOST celebrates the excitement and talent of our therapy team and hope that you will also be inspired by its content.
Links to recent issues of the FlagPOST are included below.
In this edition: Better Together! | One Step Backward, One Step Forward to Independence: B.S.MP01 – Bertha Spaeder Maintenance Program Series 01 | WELL (We Embrace Living|Loving Life!) Strong! What is your morning routine? Steal from the best! We want to see you thriving in 2021! | Pinnacle Ragnar Race 2021 | Coffee Beans Are Brewing at Camarillo Healthcare! | Myth Busting Medicare Part B: Training Therapists at New Acquisitions | Train Your Replacement? Yes, Please! | Onboarding New Therapy Team Members at St. Joseph Villa | Improving Quality of Life with IDDSI | Milestone’s FEES Journey | ALF Partnership Success in Ottawa, KS | Teaming Up for Outpatient | McCall Rehab Creates a Space for Furry Friends! | A Father’s Day Celebration at Westover Hills | Patient Success Story at Opus Post Acute Rehab, West Columbia, SC | Celebrating Our Nurses | St. Elizabeth Rehab Team Highlights RNA Champion | St. Catherine Highlights Super Nurse, Martha! | Introducing Scott Langdale, Therapy Resource | Celebrating CNA Week at Timberline | Congratulations Team Rainier! | Congratulations to Our Newest CTOs | Paula Reyes, PT/DOR, Medallion Post Acute Care, Colorado Springs, CO | Danthea Oliveros, PT/DOR Panorama Gardens, Panorama City, CA | Growth in Washington! | Sharing Group Ideas from Legend Healthcare, Paris, TX | Group Idea: Celebrating Paper Airplane Day | Group Group – A Little Drumming and Yoga Dance | A Little Putting Group on this Pretty Day in Colorado!
In this edition: Celebrating SLP Month | Recognizing Elyse Matson, MA CCC – SLP Clinical Resource | Recognizing Tamala Sammons, MA CCC/SLP and Super Resource | The Importance of Having an SLP Champion in the Market | Provo SLPs Partner with Rocky Mountain University | Improving Hands-On Skills in Pennant, WA | Think Thin! at Rosewood | SLPs and COVID | Growing SLP Programs | Millennium Post Acute Rehab’s SLP Superstar Team | SLP Helps Resident Find Purpose and Decrease Behaviors | Recognizing St. Joseph SLPs for their Outstanding Clinical Outcomes | WELL (We Embrace Living|Loving Life!) Strong! | Therapist Profile: Kara Von Burg, SLP | Oral Infection Control at City Creek | Urinary Incontinence Program | Hello from EPAR in Englewood, Colorado! | How Do You Keep a Cluster Growing Strong? | Bringing a Sense of Passion to LTC | May the 4th Be With You! | Doing the Important Thing | Moment of Truth at Millennium | More Chicks to Make You Smile | Celebrating a Happy Earth Day | Group Fun at Pinnacle Nursing & Rehabilitation, Price, UT | Roping & Dance Group at Northern Oaks | Speech Therapy Cognition Group: Jeopardy Game | All-Star Paramount Group | Congratulations Montecito Post Acute Care of Mesa, AZ | Congratulations to the Winners of the #CaptionThis Campaign | Welcome: Whitney Warkentin, Therapy Resource, Endura-CO | Welcome to Our Newest Keystone North Facility
In this edition: Celebrating OT Month | The Importance of “Campions” in a Market | Drum Circle Group Activity | Growing Flower Gardens atBeacon Harbor | St. Joseph Villa OT Discharge Planning Group | Celebrating OT Month at Paramount | Outstanding OTs at Parke View | Welcome, Anna Hausermann, OTD, OTR/L | Congratulations to Our Newest SPARC Winner! Janet Bonilla, OT Student, University of Texas at Tyler | Do Your Patients Need Better Grooming and Hygiene? | Success with RMST | Improving Therapy/Nursing Communication at Rock Hill | The Power of Therapy and Nursing Partnerships | Lymphedema Success Story | Brain Fog: The Lingering Effects of COVID and the Importance of Therapy Intervention for Cognition | How to Build a Successful Outpatient Program | Outpatient/Inpatient Synergy at McCall Rehab and Care Center | Motivating Employees—Introducing the M.E. Committee at Copperfield | Wound Care: A Case Study at Pueblo Springs, Tucson, AZ | Low Vision Strategies and Partnering with Commission on the Blind in Wayne NE | Building a Connection with Your Patients | LTC Programming: Rise and Dine | An Often Overlooked Powerful Muscle to Increase Gait Speed | Keystone Therapy Resource Leads Take on San Antonio Spartan | Note the Date: April 26 – Congratulations Malathy, Featured speaker at the Asian Indian Caucus of ASHA | Thank You Emerald Ladies! | Congratulations, Arbor Glen! | Congratulations, Mary Jo Walker! | March Madness: St. Catherine Edition | It’s National Unicorn Day! | Competency Skills Fairs: A Great Way to Learn and Have Fun! | Rio Vista: Come Grow With Us!
In this edition: The Year of the Nurse | We Got Skills at The Hills: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Partnership and Collaboration | No Pressure, No Pain, No Problem: A Therapy and RNA Program | Gratitude and Health: A Group Intervention Idea | Celebrating a Return to the Dining Room | Slowly But Surely, Bringing Some Cheer Back to Our Residents with Some Mocktailing | Laughter Can Be the Best Medicine | Local Community Children Spreading the Love | Sensory Integration Coding | Feeling Blessed | Compassionate Hearts Half Marathon Run | A Little Cluster Love | The Importance of Succession Planning | Strength Training for the Respiratory System: SLP Case Study at Olympia | Partnering with Home Health to Build an OP Business | Best in Class at Pointe Meadows | Elyse Matson is Famous! | Building an ALF Relationship | Monday, March 8, 2021: International Women’s Day! | Recognizing “True Ownership” – Sharon Merritt, TPM – Opus Post Acute Rehabilitation, West Columbia, South Carolina | A New System for IDDSI | Patient Success at Shea | Celebrating Our New CTOs | Announcing Keystone’s Newest Chief Therapy Officers | Congratulations Jeremy McCorristin! | Congratulations Whitney Wilding! | Congratulations Daisy Aranguren! | Congratulations and Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy Retirement
In this edition: Why Take the Vaccine? | Village Healthcare Pushes for 100% Vaccinations | Keller Oaks: The Culture is in the Details (#startamovement) | Therapist Profiles: Jessica Ballera, COTA, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Fullerton, CA | Therapist Profiles: Jihan Antipolo-Baldonado Rehab Aide | Therapist Profiles: Caitlin Colteryahn, OT, TEACHA | So You Want to Hire a CFY? | Exercising Your Passion for Learning | Managing Lymphedema | The Power of Asking | Temple View Transitional Care Improves their Self-Care GG Scores | A Trio of Wellness: Oral Health, Overall Health and Quality of Life | Importance of Therapy Intervention for Patients Post-COVID | Thinking Outside the Box: Modified Diets That Are Tasty and Appealing! | Carly Peevers — Passionate About Think Thin | Think Thin In Our Pennant Locations! | CPT Coding Tips: CPT Code 96125 (Standardized Cognitive Performance Testing, Per Hour) | CPT Coding Tips: Wound Care CPT Codes 97597 and 97598 | The Importance of SLP Intervention for Respiratory Function | Congratulations, Gina! | Ray Yarman, DOR/CTO, City Creek Post Acute Care, Salt Lake City, Utah | Cathy Champlin, DOR/CTO Cedar Health & Rehabilitation, Cedar City, Utah
In this edition: Building Vaccine Confidence! | A League of Our Own | Activity and Therapy Department Collaborate to Implement National Days Calendar | Sharing the Love at Park Avenue | Helping Dementia Patients to Remember | Think Thin Initiative: The Path to Thin Liquids | Frazier Free Water Protocol: An Essential Tool for Quality of Life | Think Thin: An Inter-Disciplinary Hydration and Nutrition Collaboration Project | Think Thin Collaboration in Flagstone! | Thinking Thin at HCR Olathe | Therapist Profile: Dennis Baloy | A Sense of Renewal: Golden Acres Sensory Room Grant | Happy News from EPAR | Rock Creek Christmas Spirit | Golden Acres “Be a Santa to a Senior” | Celebrating Success at Beacon Harbor | Transitioning Our STOP AND WATCH Program into a True Conversation | Recognizing The Courtyard — Stronger Than Ever! | Congratulations Jacob Barnes, Bandera’s Newest CTO! | Vestibular Function | Therapy / Life Enrichment Collaboration at Omaha | Outpatient On Demand | Welcome to the Family: Golden Hills Post Acute Care, San Diego, CA | New Momentum Facilities | 2021 Reset Challenge!
In this edition: Joy is an Inside Job: The Positive Effects of HeartMath® in Controlling Anxiety | Beating the Odds – Dad is Home! | Momentum Facility Holiday Portraits | The Hills Post Acute Employee Thanksgiving Event | Congratulations EEF All Stars! | Huge Shout Out to Emblem Hospice | 100th Birthday Celebration! | Sharing the Love with Family Pictures | All Staff Super Star | Code Sepsis Pilot Project | Momentum Therapist Spotlight – Denise Del Cano, COTA, ADOR | Helping Patients Thrive at Pinnacle | Graduation Party at Medallion | Vital Sign Tips | CAPLICO Fun for Emerald Retreat | Halloween 2020 | Celebrating Spirit Week …in PJ’s! | Moment of Truth | Congratulations DORiTOs! | Congratulations, Brody LeRoy, OT/DOR, New CTO at Pinnacle | Congratulations to Our CHCA Spotlight on Excellence Award Winners!
In this edition: 2020 Therapy Leadership Experience goes Virtual! | Defining Moments in Times of Evacuation | Compassionate Hearts | Lighting Candles of Love | Bringing Compassion to the Team | Congratulations, Dawn Thompson, DOR, Victoria Post Acute Care — Winner of the Natalie Blasczienski Award! | Therapy Update from VPAC | Code Sepsis | Sea Cliff Discovers S/P COVID Syndrome | COVID Testing | Making PDPM Training Fun! | Think Thin: The Path to Thin Liquids | We’re All In This Together | Reuniting Families and Friends | Retro Month at Omaha Nursing & Rehabilitation | CNA Transfer Training | Bringing the Fair to The Pines | Washington Receives Eldergrow Grant | Therapist Profile: Meet Joe Pergamo, PT, the Director of Rehabilitation at Rainier Rehabilitation in Puyallup, Washington | Therapy to ED Leadership | Making Vital Signs Vital | Congratulations to Our Vital Signs Champions! | A Heartfelt Read | The Big Race | Meet Our New SPARC Winners: Carl Meyer, PT and April Westbrook, OT | Congratulations to Our New CTOs! | Celebrating Disha Desai, PT/CTO/ DOR | Celebrating Cara Koepsel, SLP, DOR, CTO, Golden Acres, Dallas, TX | Celebrating Agatha Pedro, OTR, DOR, CTO, Timberwood, Livingston, TX
In this edition: Action Needed!Contact Congress to Stop Proposed Therapy Cuts! | Let’s Keep Doing the Important Work | Outpatient Opportunities! | Treat Yo Self! | Happy Birthday to Me! | Thinking Outside the Box | Therapist Profile – Meet Avenlea Gamble | Therapy to ED Leadership | Congratulations Cathy Bowman! | What’s So “Vital” About Vital Signs? | Thank You, DORITO Program! | Documenting Justification of Skilled Therapy Services | Symptomless CVAs? | Congratulations to Our New CTOs! | Celebrating John Diaz, CTO, PT, DPT, CEEAA, RAC-CT | Celebrating Tina Bond, CTO/COTA | Celebrating Tory Lane, CTO/SLP/DOR at Sunview Respiratory and Rehab in Youngtown (Phoenix AZ)! | Celebrating Jeremy Osmond, PT/DOR, Newest CTO in the Sunstone Market | Celebrating Erin Huddock, PT/DOR, Newest CTO at Vista Knoll
In this edition: The R Factor – Response Determines Everything! | When Life Gives You a Pandemic, You May Find Something Amazing | Staying Connected … Zoom Style! | Brookfield Pandemic Heroes | Introducing Our Stress-Relieving Partners at Magnolia and Parkside | Connecting Through Technology | The Importance of ALF Partnerships with OP Programming | Documenting Justification of Skilled Therapy Services | Round 2 – Cardiopulmonary CEU Course | Our Virtual Student Program is Up and Running! | Building LTC Programs at Legend Oaks of Fort Worth | Introducing Our New Southland I-tool Collection | Gardening at The Orchard | Therapist Profiles: Matthew Wayne, PTA and Rebecca “Becky” Hopkins, OT | A Home Run to a Strong Partnership Created with Utilization of Grand Rounds and Stop & Watch Tool | Pennant Washington Caps Out Casemix | IDT Celebration at The Courtyard | MDS and Therapy Collaborative Training for Best Practices in LTC, ADL Care and Documentation | The Role of SLPs in Fall Prevention | Special Service at Golden Acres | El Cajon Veteran Who Survived COVID-19 Gets Socially Distanced Homecoming | Tim Middick, New CTO in the Touchstone 2.0 Market | Mark Kao, New CTO for Whittier Hills, CA | Congratulations Carlos Pineda, DPT, CTO/DOR Southland Care Center in Norwalk, CA | Cloverdale Celebration | Endura Outstanding Therapy Program
In this edition: Beacons of Light | Jim Collins – The Stockdale Paradox | Love One Another in These Challenging Times | Returned and Ready at Julia Temple! | Update From Victoria PARC | Millennium Strong! | Update from City Creek | Rock Canyon is Staying Strong! | Slowing the Spread at Chandler | PPE Support From Our Service Center | Rosewood Appreciation Gift Bags | Virtual Cooking Class at Orem Rehab | Earn CEUs Through Our Online Courses | Olympia Patients and Staff Share the Love | Broadway Villa’s Patient Success Story | To The Lifters | Don’t Be A Wheelchair Therapist | Respiratory Rehab Using E-Stim | In-Line PMVs With Vent Patients | Congratulations to Lydia Chen, DOR, and the Rehab Team at Ukiah Post Acute | Congratulations to JB Chua, DOR, and his Superhero Rehab Team at Summerfield Healthcare | Congratulations to Milena Milenkovic, DOR, and the Park View Post Acute Therapy Team
In this edition: Celebrating Our Nurses! | Nursing and Therapy Teamwork | Wound Care During COVID-19 | Celebrating Our Nurses at Rock Hill | The Hills Post Acute Nurses in Action | Celebrating Our Clinical Resources at Endura | Honoring Emma Singbeil, DNS | Emanuel Alfred—A True Leader at Rowlett | Super Heroes at City Creek | Gateway’s Awesome Wound Care Nurse | Our DON is a Superhero! | Medallion’s Nurses are Rock Stars! | We Love Our Nurses at Cedar Health | Therapy/Nursing Partnership at Eastview | Making it Fun at Draper Rehab! | How Full is Your KUP? | Sharing Gratitude | What is Your WHY? | In the Midst of a Storm… | Thankful and Blessed for Team Parkside | Moments of Truth From Riverbend Post Acute Care, Kansas City, KS | Staying Strong at Veranda | Littleton Is Now COVID-Free! | #Staystrong Ridgeview Post Acute | HCR of Colorado Springs: Staying Strong!! | #Staystrong Arvada! | Sending Smiles from Upland | Staying Strong at Redmond | The Orchard Staying Strong! | The Villas at Sunny Acres in Thornton, CO #Staying Strong! | Wonder Crew at Legend Oaks of Greenville, TX | Taking Care of Ourselves – Take 2! | Popping Bubbles at Sonterra | Masking Around at Julia Temple | Skill in Place Considerations | Program for Spanish-Speaking Residents | TEACHA in Action | Therapist Profile: Nicole King, SLP/DOR | Congratulations to Our Newest SPARC Winner: Ashley Sells, OT student at the University of Texas at Tyler | Celebrating the Outstanding Rehab Award | Congratulations Claremont! | Touchstone Outstanding Award Winners: Welcome to the club, First Timers!
Thank You for Being the Helpers! | Miracles Among Us – The Wedding Story | Timberwood Strong! | Connecting Residents With Family | Sharing the Love at Shea | The Southland Experience | Customer Second at Keller Oaks, TX | Love One Another LCCC Style | Connecting Residents and Families with Video Chat | Community Pantry at Brookfield Healthcare Center | Celebration Jackets at Orem | Lucky Charms at Northbrook | An Invitation to Global Coherence | Taking Care of Ourselves: Don’t Let Shelter in Place Shelter You from Staying Active | In Room Treatments: Creative Therapy Solutions | The 5 E’s – The St. Elizabeth Story | PDPM Tip | Celebrating Our OTs! | Orem OT Medication Reduction | Highlights on Nursing and Therapy Partnership | Ensign’s First Ever TEACHA Workshop | Celebrating the Lunar New Year
In this edition: How Do You Spend the First Hour of Your Day? | Leaders Made Here – Meet Tyler “TJ” Petty, DOR at Montecito Post-Acute and Rehabilitation in Mesa, AZ | From Ultra “High” to Ultramarathon | PDPM Lessons Learned Section GG | Drumming Group at Westover Hills – Giving Our Residents a Reason to Love Life | Here’s an Idea for Corn Hole Toss | Highlights on Nursing and Therapy Partnership: 5 Strengths of a DON/DOR Team | Cluster Meetings – DOR Involvement | Endura Gets Ready for IDDSI Diets | A Journey for a Passion for Learning | Sharing the SLP Love | Use of Modalities for Pain Management | Orem Presents Lymphedema Recovery Suggestions for SHALL | They’re ENspired! | Dry Needling Success Stories | Celebration! | Loving One Another | Getting Involved With Community Partners | Welcome to the family: Irondale Post-Acute and Ridgeview Post-Acute
In this edition: February is American Heart Month! | What Makes a Good Leader? | Birds of Different Feathers: Improving Work Relationships | The Beauty of PDPM: What Might Be There | Highlights on Nursing and Therapy Partnership – DON/DOR/ED: The Transformational Triad | Nursing Therapy Partnership: Water Protocol for Skilled Maintenance Program | Therapist Profiles: Dora Alvarez, Shobha Neupane, Paula Voorhis | Utilizing the Drum Circle at Palomar Vista | The Communication Cube | WELL: Skip the Fast Weight Loss Diets and Go for Long-Term Health | Thirst Quencher: The Free Water Protocol for Patients with Dysphagia | Optima Update: Why Clinisign? | Outpatient at Vista Knoll | How You Win the FLAG for Five of the Last Six Years | Moments of Truth: Herschel’s Service at Cloverdale Healthcare Center, The Benefits of Group | Congratulations to Our Newest SPARC Winners! Jarrett Henderson, First Place Winner, and Primo Arredondo, Runner Up!
In this edition: Cultivating Peace and Joy this Holiday Season | PDPM All Stars | PDPM Tip: No Anonymous Altered Textures! | Sunstone’s DON/DOR Retreat | Optima Update: What’s So Great About Clinisign? | From Therapist to AIT: Matt Scott Mission Hills, San Diego, CA | From DORITO to DOR: Dana Chatham, Rowlett Nursing & Rehabilitation, Rowlett, TX | Combining Heart Rate Variability Training and SLP COPD Treatment | SLPs’ Role in Discharge to Home/Community | WELL (We Embrace Living/Loving Life! | Cupping Techniques to Improve Quality of Life for Geriatric Patients | A Beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner | Congratulations, Sarah Scott, SLP, Pointe Meadows, Lehi, Utah | Congratulations, Carlos Pineda, PT, Our Newest CTO | Welcome Aboard! An Acquisitions Update | Hurricane Rehab Addition: We Love the New Rehab Space!
In this edition: Creating a Movement! Have you heard about it? PDWELL came from a desire to do more to meet the needs of the Parkinson’s community in the Omaha metro area. – Dignifying Therapy in the Eyes of the World – WELL (We Embrace Living|Loving Life!) — We Can Make a Difference! – Therapist Profiles: Connie Faulkner, COTA, and Jason Niemeier, PT – The Importance of a Strong Partnership with Dietary – SLPs’ Role in Fall Prevention – Productivity Corner with Ciara Cox – Keystone Receives $700K Grant to Implement Award-Winning Technology to Improve Senior Care – Celebrating PT Month!
In this edition: Goodbye RUGS, Hello PDPM – Our CMLs Preparing for PDPM, Sharing Best Practices to Improve Skilled Documentation –
Optima Updates: The New and Improved PDPM Projection Screen 2 – Jumping Into the Deep End of the MDS – Can Heart Rate Variability Be Improved in Those with Heart Failure Through Gratitude Journaling? – 9 Ways to Break Out of Your Boring Exercise Rut – A Dry Needling Success Story – LSVT Live in Colorado – From Therapist to Executive Director: The Why and the How – Keystone Student Programs: A Record-Breaking Year – Therapist Profile: Kelsey Martindale – DOR Profile: Michelle Mitev, OT – Partnership with Recreational Therapy – TheraTrooper Spotlight: TheraTrooper Travel Partners, Jared and Jennifer Cullifer, Occupational Therapists – A Tale of Two Cities: Pueblo Facilities Unite! And More!