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Shawna, PT, MPT

Does this sound familiar? On top of a demanding job outside-of-the-home and taking care of kids/grandkids , you now have the responsibility of caring for an aging loved one with special needs (i.e. frequent Dr. appointments, hip precautions, assist with bathing/dressing/toileting/bed mobility/transfers/walking, complicated medical equipment, etc.). You desperately want/need to learn more about transfers, swelling control, and putting on those boa constrictor-like TED hose but there is not enough time in the day. So you hire help (in-home providers, CNA’s, Home Health nurses, Hospice services) and pray your loved one does not suffer any falls/injuries.  

Realistically, falls and injuries-like most everything in life-just happen.  However,  what if you had a Physical Therapist educate you in transfers/lift safety and/or give you tips for managing falls, controlling swelling and putting on those pesky TED hose without having to make an appointment or add to your already hectic schedule?

You’re not alone and now there’s another option via the convenience of technology and the internet!  Hello, I am a licensed Master’s degree Physical Therapist with 20+ years of patient care experience in a variety of settings. It will be my honor and privilege to provide easy-to-understand and useful tips I teach everyday to other caregivers struggling with the daily care of a loved one in the home.

I believe information, communication, and consistent handling techniques are the keys to making a difference in the lives of both patients and family members providing daily care. Therefore, if you ever need any feedback or support regarding transfers and care of a loved one, I would be more than happy to connect at shawna@tipsfromapt.com. I look forward to your comment(s) below, and make sure you visit my site frequently for my latest tips and information designed to help you navigate the responsibility for caring of a loved one or client.  Let’s work together and make daily care easier and safer!

Best Regards,

Shawna, MPT

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6 thoughts on “Hello….Welcome to Tips From a PT”

  1. Hi, Shawna.

    I see that you are a caring person. There must be lots of people who need your help and want it because of your knowledge, understanding and caring for them. I know many elderly persons that live at home alone and don’t have anyone to care for them. That’s sad to think about.


    1. Hi Tove,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I really do care and want to reach out with caring arms and hands to help as many caregivers as I can. By the way, I love your name–so unique! I can physically only see about 12 patients/day as I travel to each and everyone of their homes. Therefore, I pray and have great hope that a website forum will provide at least a better opportunity for support and open discussion to address and solve some difficult decisions and life-changing situations that evolve with caring for someone in the home setting. I wish you great health and success.
      ~Shawna PT, MPT

    1. Absolutely, you just have to angle the seat of the wheelchair to the surface you want to transfer to/from closer to a 90 degree angle instead of the optimal 45 degree angle. Always scoot forward to the front of the wheelchair seat. I will take a picture of the set up and post it tomorrow post

    1. I have used non skid shelf liner. I cut it to size and either glue it to the bottom of the board or sandwich a piece of the non skid liner between the surface you are going to (bed, car, toilet) and the end of the board.

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