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COVID-19: No Diagnosis, No Symptoms, Big Consequences   Since early March, our lives have been flipped upside down.  Social interaction has been discouraged.  We have been told to stay in and most have!  Many have followed the CDC, State, and Federal guidance in an effort to stay safe.  But a new reality has come to light, safe has many meanings!  Safety from COVID-19 is one aspect, but what about safety with general function? Many older adults have chosen to stay sheltered for months and have felt the consequences.  Some say that for every day in bed, it takes 7 days to recover to lost endurance, lost strength, lost flexibility, lost range of motion, etc…. But what happens when we shelter inside for months?  What happens when we get away from our daily routines, including walking, exercise, shopping, and typical life?  For many, the answer many be nothing.  We adapt and…

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Since March, we have been doing our best to “flatten the curve” as a community and has seemingly worked!  But with the quarantine, social distancing, mask wearing, comes a feeling of hesitation, anxiety, and maybe even fear!  Despite all of that, our region is now in the Green Phase!  We are able to go out, stores are able to reopen, and a mild sense of normalcy is back. But what is normal?  What is expected?  How can you stay safe?  While we can’t speak to every industry, when it comes to outpatient physical therapy and in-home services, we are here for you!  We have been serving our community since 2014 and have continued to serve throughout the Pandemic.  We have been keeping up with Federal, State, and Local guidelines, requirements, and trends.  We have put protocols and policies in place to keep our team safe and keep you safe!  And,…

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Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, hit the world seemingly overnight launching a series of daily, weekly, and continuous changes to every aspect of our lives!  Included in those changes was the approval of telehealth.  We have had the good fortune of experiencing telehealth on a number of different levels and want to take a moment to give you our feedback! Telehealth, also called virtual visits, video visits, e-visits, etc…, was the topic of a number of updates that the government proposed.  While many details continue to unfold regarding back-end specifics, these visits ensure social distancing, no introduction of outside germs, and provide the ability for someone to get the care they need when they need it! Pro’s Telehealth gives us the ability to make a positive impact on a person in their time of need. Telehealth ensures one-on-one attention. Telehealth minimizes outside contact. Telehealth has the ability to address…

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Our Occupational Therapists are leading the charge to ensure that our at-risk community is safe during this difficult time!

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A few months ago, if someone was to ask you if the whole country, or even the world, would be forced into an isolation, what would happen?  It would likely be a question that you brushed off and thought would never be possible.  But you’d also think that people would be confined to their homes, glued to electronics, and almost become a real-life version of Wall-E. Well, here we are!  Over a month since the Coronavirus reared its ugly head in the United States.  Over a month after the NBA and other sports shut down.  Almost a month since we, at least here in Pennsylvania, were mandated to self-quarantine with the exception of essential services.  And what happened? From a big picture view, the United States has had more than 550,000 cases of Coronavirus, over 20,000 deaths and fears of healthcare system overload and lack of supplies.  Essential services have…

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PDGM: Please Don’t Get Mad   Healthcare is interesting!  While evolving with technology, services, professions, and systems, cost and reimbursement find themselves consistently under fire.  Some may say that United States Healthcare System is broken, some may say it works, but, regardless, it is changing!  Some of the most recent changes were implemented in October and January, including models coined as Patient Driven.  At first glance, they don’t seem too bad, but after further review, they pose a number of challenges for both patients and providers! PDGM, or Patient-Driven Groupings Model, was rolled out on January 1st for all home healthcare providers and patients with Medicare Part A insurance.  While being phrased as Patient-Driven, it actually limits access to care!  Your initial reaction may be… WHAT?  HOW COULD THEY DO THAT?  And while you’re not wrong (we had the same reaction!), we chose to stay dynamic and pivot in the…

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At some point in time, everyone has experienced a fall. Maybe the last time you fell was as a child, maybe it was last winter when stepping out onto an icy sidewalk, or maybe it was just yesterday walking your 7-month old German Shepherd puppy like me and the laws of physics were against you. But what happens when you start experiencing trouble with your balance on a daily basis, or, even worse, start to experience more than one fall in a year? Do you find yourself tripping when walking? Do you feel unsteady just standing in place? Have you become fearful of going up and down stairs? Have you been limiting your daily activities for fear of falling? Do you feel that all this is normal as you age? It doesn’t have to be. Let’s take the time to talk balance. What is balance? The technical definition of balance…

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Holidays are the best time of year for many things!  In general, you see people smiling, holding doors, saying hi, and just being a bit more pleasant!  But for many, they are also a time for memories that bring feelings of sadness, regret, grief, and emptiness, among other things! These emotions are the ones that emerge when someone feels alone.  This doesn’t mean that they don’t have friends or family, but like all of us, there are times that we are alone.  Some of us more than others.  The one group that gets caught in this the most is our older adults, our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc… that may spend a bit more time by themselves. We, at Full Range, have the fortunate position of being in our patients’ homes throughout the year.  We get calls thanking us for being there, taking the time to talk to…

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Full Range Health Services welcomes local home healthcare provider to the Full Range network of services!   Chester Springs, PA (September 30, 2019) –Full Range Health Services, formerly Full Range Physical Therapy, a private practice physical therapy and rehabilitation company, has acquired Renaissance Home Health, a non-profit home healthcare agency!  Renaissance Home Health was founded in 2011 and was a part Pennsylvania’s pioneer ACO in 2012.  Now based out of Exton, PA, Renaissance is the proud provider of skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and more!  Over the years, Renaissance has become known for their quality and caring services throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area. Full Range is proud to announce this acquisition.  Founder and CEO, Dr. Michael McDevitt Jr., PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, a passionate physical therapist, continues to strive to become the premier privately-owned healthcare provider in the area.  Since 2014, Full Range Health Services…

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Everywhere you turn there are views of snowcapped mountains!  Want to go for a run?  Good luck finding a stretch without a significant hill! Slightly west of Philadelphia, snuggled in the Northern part of Utah, Salt Lake City is a sight to see!  And this weekend did not disappoint! This weekend, March 22-23, The Pro Bono Network, a unique organization founded by Widener University to spread ideas and encourage community service throughout the country, held its second conference this year.  This was the Western Regional Conference hosted by the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Utah.  Widener University’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education and, more specifically the student board of the Pro Bono Network led by the uber passionate and dedicated, Dr. Jill Black, is on a mission!  That mission is to both serve their community by providing pro bono services to the under and uninsured and to help guide…

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