Advanced Practice Physical Therapy - May 2020

MAY 2020 | 406-770-3171


2. We’re keeping exposure risk low. To do this, we’re completing a patient COVID-19 questionnaire at each visit and recording the temperature of every team member and patient who comes through our doors. 3. We’re cleaning like crazy. We’ve intensified our housekeeping and infection control procedures to minimize contact with anything harboring harmful bacteria or viruses.

A lot has changed in the world since our last newsletter arrived in your mailbox. I won’t try to summarize everything here — thanks to constant news updates, I’m sure you’re fully aware of what’s happening with the pandemic. But knowing how much has changed in recent weeks, I wanted to reach out and let you know that at least one thing remains steady: our commitment to helping you recover. Here at Advanced Practice PT, our doors are still open, and my team and I are still assisting patients in every way we can. Physical therapy is considered an essential business because by helping people with their aches, pains, and long-term recoveries, we keep them out of hospitals and urgent care facilities. That frees up services for COVID-19 victims and helps us all lessen the impact on the health care system! That said, it isn’t quite business as usual around here. In our office, we’ve taken a lot of extra steps in the last few months to create the safest, cleanest environment possible. Here are just a few of the measures we’ve put in place:

to process, we’re finally getting to the Growth Zone: the place where we can think about helping others with our own unique talents, living in the present, and practicing an abundance of gratitude. I always aim to be in the Growth Zone, and I hope you do too. As business owners, these have been the longest, most mentally and emotionally exhausting months of our careers. We're doing our best to make the right decisions for our patients, our practice, our staff, our family, and ourselves. That includes keeping our doors open at Advanced Practice PT and ensuring everyone stays healthy and safe. Donna, Andrea, our team, and I can’t thank you enough for your support during this difficult time. So many of our patients have reached out to us with thanks and encouragement, and that means the world to us. If we come together as a clinic, a community, and a country, then I know we can get through this difficult time and come out stronger.

4. We’re maintaining social

distancing. We’ve reconfigured our waiting room to allow for greater physical separation of patients. 5. We’re embracing telehealth. We have canceled the appointments of our most vulnerable population of patients and are maintaining contact with them through phone and video calls for encouragement and support. If you’re worried and afraid right now, that’s completely understandable. This pandemic is scary, even for us health care workers! That said, my philosophy has always been to live according to growth, not fear. As I see it, we all have a choice about how to live: We can live in the Fear Zone, the Learning Zone, or the Growth Zone. When the pandemic started, many of us were living in the Fear Zone, hoarding supplies and letting emotion trump logic. From there, though, we’ve been able to move into the Learning Zone by taking in information from reliable sources and becoming more aware of the impact of our actions. Now, with more time

1. We’re staying informed. We’re

constantly updating and educating our team using verified resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and our local and state health departments.

Wishing you safety and good health,

–Dawn Clutter

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