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Westminster Retirement Community

Fall 2015 Site Review

Position: Physical Theraphy Intern
Student: Psychology Junior

I interned for Westminster Retirement Community in the Therapy Department. The internship was four hours a day, three days a week. I am aspiring to attend physical therapy school. PT schools require shadowing hours in many different facilities since PT’s can work in a variety of settings and with a variety of patients. Westminster is therefore a perfect location to shadow because its therapy department is multifaceted.

During my internship I have been exposed to three types of PT settings. First Westminster has a therapy gym where patients who live at Westminster can come and do therapy. This setting is called outpatient therapy because the patients come to the therapists for treatment. Next, therapists at Westminster regularly do home health visits, which is where the therapist treats a patient in their home because the patient is home bound. Lastly, Westminster provides sub acute rehab to patients who are out of the hospital but aren’t fit to go home yet. This internship experience allowed me to become intimate with three settings at one location instead of traveling around.

Due to patient confidentiality and protection laws I am not qualified yet to work hands on with patients. However, my internship experience was still valuable. The nice thing about not being responsible for one patient is that I could watch multiple PT’s treat patients at the same time. This gave me increased exposure to different diagnosis for PT. This also allowed me to see different styles of therapists. In addition, I learned the evaluations and balance tests that are typically given to people in skilled nursing facilities. Lastly, I saw the paperwork that is required of therapists to be sent in to insurance companies and Medicare and saw how much of a therapists job is dictated by insurance needs and strict productivity rates.

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