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Improving Company Culture and Image Through Human Resources

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Culture, HR, Human Resources, Staffing Services The Human Resources department of a company is often viewed as dispensable. Since it’s their job to hire new employees and keep current employees happy, they’re not actually creating a product or providing a service to customers. But does this mean that their role is any less important? On the contrary, the employees are the backbone of any company. So hiring and retaining practices are of the utmost importance.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations

Working with a Home Health Aide: What You Should Know

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

According to information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, as more baby boomers reach retirement age and the elderly population grows, the demand for home health aides is expected to increase much faster than the average job. A 48 % increase in workers in this field is expected by 2022, when there will be about 1,299,300 home health aides in the nation.

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Topics: Benefits of a Staffing Firm, Behavioral Health

Back-to-School Backpack Safety From Your Physical Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 25, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Across the country, thousands of kids are nearing the end of their summer. They're going back to school, ready to get started on a new school year. And they're packing their backpacks full of everything necessary for that first day. But when they pack those backpacks, they're exposing themselves to hidden dangers. According to a 2009 study by the American Physical Therapy Association, 55% of children carry backpacks heavier than the recommended maximum safe weight. The result can be significant injuries for children, whose joints and muscles are still growing. How do you prevent your kids from harm as they're preparing for their first day of school? Here are some helpful tips.

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Topics: Healthcare

Taking Physical & Occupational Therapy Outdoors

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Usually you think of physical and occupational therapy as taking place indoors, in a room with lots of different types of equipment that help you target the particular parts of the body that need attention. However, all that equipment certainly doesn’t mimic real life very well, nor can patients come back and use the equipment once they have exhausted their PT or OT benefits. So why not think outside, and bring the clients along? This is the idea behind a therapy garden.

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Topics: Healthcare

Keep Your Career on Track With These 5 LinkedIn Essentials

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Did you know that - as of this blog post - LinkedIn has over 277 million users and 2.1 million groups? As a result, if you're not staying active and up-to-date with your LinkedIn profile, you're missing out on a lot. If you want to properly manage your professional life, you need to regularly grow your LinkedIn profile, and keep it current with your training and achievements.

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Topics: Career Advice, Job Search Advice, LinkedIn Resources

Tips To Start The Year Off Right for Special Education Teachers

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The start of a new school year can be an exciting and yet uneasy time for special education teachers. While the feeling of enthusiasm for a new school year evokes creativity and excitement, it can also seem overwhelming and at times, a daunting task to prepare for the year ahead. However with a little preparation, starting the year off right is entirely possible.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Choosing the Right Physical Therapist And Facility

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

There are many levels to recovery from surgery or an injury, and physical therapy is a critical part of the process. No matter how good the surgeon might be, without follow-up care to regain strength, flexibility and other lifestyle factors, the recovery process remains unfinished. There are a number of factors which can affect the effectiveness of physical therapy, both factual and less tangible. Here are a number of issues to consider when choosing the right caregiver and facility:

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Topics: Healthcare

Special Education Advocates to Supreme Court: Review "Stay Put" Rule

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 13, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Special education administrators in Pennsylvania are urging the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling from February on the so-called “Stay Put” ruling. The ruling that was given in E.R. et al v. Ridley School District made it possible for children with “special education disputes” to attend private schools at the expense of their local school system while their case is ongoing.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Robin Williams - Proof Mental Illness & Addiction Do Not Discriminate

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 12, 2014 3:27:00 PM

The world has lost another one of its heroes.  Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in California. While we are still waiting for the full details surrounding his death, authorities believe that he took his own life.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

5 Easy Tips to Sustained Self-Improvement

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Often, people groan at the term “self-improvement” because they think that it means denying themselves all the things that they really want. But self-improvement doesn’t have to mean gritting your teeth and doing all the things that you “should” do. More often than not it is more about finding the perfect balance in your life—being in that place where you don’t feel torn in different directions. It’s about being at peace with yourself.

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Topics: Self-Improvement

Grocery List - Bread, Milk, Eggs and Mental Health Screening?

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

For years, grocery store kiosks have been used to assess patients' physical health. It's easy to have a quick blood pressure taken at one of these booths, and in some stores you can even have your feet assessed to help you find the right shoe insoles. However, researchers have decided to take a new angle on the various types of health assessments that are offered in grocery stores. Now, in one ShopRite store in Philadelphia, you can also be screened for any potential mental health issues you might be facing.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Top 5 Tips When Hiring Home Health Aides

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

There’s no question that home health aides are critical to the future of healthcare. Americans are living longer, and the baby boomers who are now retiring will soon have need of healthcare services in the home—for their parents now, and themselves later. For agencies or individual families looking to hire these valued caregivers, there are a number of issues that should be taken into account, to make sure that you hire the best from the available pool of potential workers.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Is Mental Illness the New Cancer?

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 4, 2014 8:00:00 AM

For years, even generations, there was a serious cultural stigma associated with cancer. Those who got cancer were subjected to avoidance and prejudice out of people’s fear and lack of education. Then, as research advanced and treatments improved, cancer became less of a stigma and more something to be fought. Today we have the "Relay for Life" and other events which organize family, friends and survivors in a big celebration that raises funds for cancer research and treatment and celebrates those who have survived their cancer treatment.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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