Nashville, TN, August 13, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Last month, for the third year in a row, All Star Medical based out of Hermitage, TN hosted the Occupational Therapy students from Tennessee State University for an educational workshop. This full-day event included hands-on product exposure and training, demonstrations on how to properly fit their patient's for most mobility related items like wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and mobility scooters, and a better understanding of what's available to the aging population to make their homes more accessible and safe.
"The ultimate goal is to give these students resources and information that they will need as they pursue their careers in healthcare. Knowing what's available for their patients in order to age at home verses a skilled or assisted facility is a shared outcome. Here at All Star we want all medical professionals to be knowledgeable of how to facilitate that outcome," said owner Kevin Brown.
It's a fact that most homes in greater middle Tennessee are not exactly handicap accessible. But with a budget that is fractions of the cost of nursing homes and assisted living, homes can be made functional for the elderly, disabled, and injured. During the workshop students were shown things like stair lifts that can be used to safely travel from one level of the home to the next, zero barrier showers for wheelchair users or those unable to use a standard tub/shower, various types of ramps ranging from small doorway thresholds to multiple steps requiring upwards of 20 feet of ramp.
The students left the workshop with more knowledge of medical equipment and the accessories available to adequately provide patients what they need, when they need it, contacts in the medical equipment industry with many years of experience from both the manufacturing side and supplier side, and a great day of learning outside of the classroom.
In a time when healthcare is ever changing, one thing is consistent and certain and that is that the population is aging at a very rapid pace. Facilities are crowded and expensive. Demand for medical equipment is on the rise. The need for informed decision making when it comes to the care of a patient and/or a loved one is crucial. Proactive learning and educational opportunities like the one that TSU Occupational Therapy students received at this workshop will be value added to the patient care they provide in their field when they graduate.
All Star Medical is asking that if other local colleges or universities would like to schedule a workshop to please contact Kevin Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)