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Here’s the Free Stuff You Can Get, Right Now

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As a #HealthcareHero, take advantage of giveaways, discounts and preferential treatment at businesses nationwide. Here’s your comprehensive list!

Free Fitness & Mental Health

Down Dog: To keep your physical and mental health strong, Down Dog is offering all of its apps – Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout – completely free for nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals through July 1. Fill out the form on the link to take advantage of this offer.

Francie Perkins Coaching: With a background in healthcare and helping women through crisis, Francie Perkins Coaching is committed to helping healthcare providers get through their shifts in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Frontline nurses, radiology techs, and respiratory therapists can receive a free 30 minute life coaching session by emailing covid@francieperkins.com with a photo of your medical badge or ID.

Headspace: To take care of your mental health right now, Headspace is offering its meditation app to anyone working in a public health setting. All you have to do is visit their website and sign up.

Free Stuff & Places to Stay

Airbnb: If you are familiar with Airbnb, you know that it is typically an online method of booking a place to stay on vacation. Hosts of Airbnb housing are taking a hit economically during this time. However, Airbnb has turned their misfortune into a place for healthcare workers to “stay close to their patients and safely distanced from their own families.” When you book a frontline stay, Airbnb will waive all their fees up to the first 100K responders invited to book until May 31, 2020.

Barco: Barco is a healthcare apparel company that is offering to donate 10,000 scrubs each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic to professionals on the front lines. All you have to do is go to their website and request a donation (minimum of 50 sets required).

Care.com: Frontline healthcare workers can receive a free month of premium access to Care.com services to get help with caring for children, elderly parents, and pets. This includes unlimited messaging with caregivers.

FJOLK Shoes: Any healthcare worker on the COVID-19 frontlines can receive a free pair of shoes from FJOLK. Email together@fjolk.com for a pair of shoes from the FJOLK community.

Global Healing Vitamins: Frontline healthcare workers and first responders can receive a product of their choice, free of charge, from Global Healing Vitamins. Just fill out the form on their webpage.

Glowforge: 3-D printer company Glowforge is making and offering free Ear Savers to frontline workers including nurses, doctors, retail workers, delivery workers, sanitation workers, and others who must wear a mask. Ear Savers are designed to take pressure and friction off the ears while wearing face masks. Fill out a request on their webpage.

JINS Eyewear: Healthcare workers can receive a free pair of JINS Eyewear glasses by emailing together@us.jins.com to tell them about yourself or to nominate another. Offer good while supplies last. UPDATE: due to an overwhelming response, JINS will now choose 5 people per day for this freebie.

Preppi: Emergency preparedness company Preppi is donating N95 masks to healthcare workers in need. Fill out the donation request form on their page.

RexPay: RexPay has partnered with The Wellnus Company to donate sanitizing hand wipes to healthcare providers. They can also help procure other necessary PPE for providers in need. Fill out the form on their webpage to get started.

Wawa: Convenience chain Wawa, which has locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, and Washington D.C., is offering free coffee to healthcare workers and first responders for the length of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wyndham Hotels: All essential workers who are Wyndham Rewards members (it’s free to sign up if you aren’t already a member) will be given a complimentary GOLD membership upgrade. GOLD perks include accelerated points earning on stays at Wyndham properties, preferred room choice, late checkout, and more.

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Discounts for You

BlanQuil: BlanQuil, makers of weighted blankets, are offering a 50% discount to healthcare workers, first responders, and military service members. Complete the verification on their webpage to receive your discount.

Clove: Clove is a healthcare apparel company. They are offering free compression socks with every Clove purchase. Just add a pair of socks to a cart containing shoes and use code WITHLOVE for the discount to properly apply.

Dagne Dover: Healthcare workers, military, and teachers can receive a 20% discount at bag and purse retailer Dagne Dover. Fill out the form on their webpage to receive your discount code.

Danform Shoes: Danform Shoes is offering a 20% discount off footwear to healthcare professionals including nurses, doctors, and medical workers across the country. Offer applies to online sales only during store closure. Use code SUPERHERO20 at checkout.

Emma: Emma Mattress is offering an additional 10% off any order to healthcare workers. Just email support@emma-mattress.com and attach any proof of employment such as a work badge or ID.

ENELL: Apparel company ENELL is offering 50% off bras for healthcare workers, first responders, and teachers through May 30. Follow directions on the link to receive the discount.

Medelita: Medical workers can receive a 30% discount on Medelita scrubs by using code FRONTLINES at checkout.

Nike: For a limited time, Nike has increased its U.S. first responder and medical professional discount to 20% off. Verify your status on their webpage to receive your discount code.

The North Face: Apparel company The North Face will be offering a 50% discount off non-sale items to healthcare workers in the U.S. through December 31, 2020 (good online and at retail locations). They will also offer these individuals a 10% discount on non-clearance items at their U.S. outlet stores during the same period. Check the link to see which healthcare workers are eligible and to verify your status.

Purple: Mattress company Purple is offering a special 10% discount to healthcare workers – check the link to see who is eligible…many healthcare professions are included! Verify your eligibility through the link on their site to receive your discount.

Tech21: Tech21 is offering 60% off antimicrobial phone cases, tablet cases, and laptop cases to healthcare heroes. Email healthcare.hero@tech21.com with your work ID to receive the discount code.

Theragun: Theragun is offering a special discount of up to $250 off a Theragun massage device to first responders, healthcare workers, and military members while supplies last. To receive the discount, email info@theragun.com with the subject line “Frontline Discount” and include proper verification such as official ID or badge.

Vineyard Vines: Healthcare professionals can receive a 15% discount off everything at clothing company Vineyard Vines. Verify your status through the link.

Get Preferential Treatment

Costco: The bulk goods warehouse store Costco is temporarily offering priority access to members who are healthcare workers and first responders. Just present your Costco membership card and official identification of your role to move to the front of the line.

Publix: As of April 16 and until further notice, grocery store Publix has designated Thursday evenings, 8pm – 9pm, and Friday mornings, 7am – 8am, as special shopping hours for first responders and hospital staff. The Publix pharmacy will also be open during these hours.

Sam’s Club: Bulk goods clubhouse Sam’s Club has announced that starting on April 19, it will implement “Hero Hours” for healthcare workers and first responders, which will take place every Sunday from 8am-10am. No membership will be required for Hero Hours and Sam’s Club will provide masks to wear in-store. Please note that spouses and other family members or guests will not be allowed in the store for Hero Hours.

4 reasons to become an SLP in an outpatient setting

If you’re a Speech and Language Pathologist looking for a change may consider a switch in your professional setting. The drive and compassion you put into every work day can help you feel the job satisfaction you’ve been craving for years.

The opportunity for speech-language pathologists in outpatient settings is booming across the country. Read on to learn why you should consider this career:

1. It’s already a growing career

If you’re interested in pursuing a career that’s projected to explode with job opportunities over the next decade, speech-language pathology is a route worth exploring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunity for speech-language therapists is expected to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is a rate that’s faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected because there’s a predicted need for care for aging baby boomers, the second-largest generation in the country. That means there will likely be more speech- or language-impaired health conditions to care for, inclining the need for traditional and travel SLPs across the U.S.

2. There’s more than one kind of Outpatient setting

Just like you get to visit different areas of the country, travel SLPs can work in various outpatient clinical settings. Outpatient settings, also known as ambulatory care, refer to any place that doesn’t require or have the capacity for an overnight stay, such as a hospital. Examples of care settings you can take on a travel therapist assignment include the home of the individual you’re caring for, emergency departments, primary care physicians offices, community health clinics, urgent care clinics, specialized outpatient clinics and even pharmacies.

3. Get a diverse clientele

As an SLP, there’s an opportunity to work with a variety of age groups. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, most adults (24 percent) seeking therapy in outpatient settings range between 70 and 79 years old, but if you have a preference, you can also work with teens, young adults and middle-aged individuals. Additionally, pediatric clients seen in outpatient clinics are made up of 18 percent infants, 31 percent pre-school toddlers and 30 percent school-age kids.

4. Broader opportunity to make a positive impact

Outpatient volumes are expected to increase by 15% through 2022, according to Sg2 predictions. With this growth, you’ll make a major impact on people’s lives. Whether you’re helping a child learn non-verbal social cues, assisting a teen in getting rid of stutter or aiding an aging adult who’s having trouble communicating with his or her family, you’ll gain broader experience in a field that is only growing.

If you’re on the fence about pursuing a career as a travel SLP , keep in mind your commitment is traditionally just 3 months (13 weeks) in an outpatient setting. So, no commitment necessary. Want some advice? Visit us here and we’ll answer any question you have.

The fight to save rural hospitals

Rural hospitals play a critical role in the health care landscape, providing accessible coverage for residents of hard to reach, isolated communities. Mounting data is showing that these essential organizations, however, are at risk of becoming extinct.

The facts 

The data about the closure of rural hospitals is sobering. Recent research has found that:

  • 673 rural hospitals across 42 states are at risk of closing in the U.S., according to a report from iVantage Health Analytics.
  • 355 of these hospitals are in communities with “great health disparities,” or areas with high risk of medical conditions.
  • These closures would result in 99,000 health care jobs lost.  Read More

2017 Changes in the Home Health Therapy Field You Should Know About

Any therapist considering entering the home health field should be aware of important changes happening in the industry. Right now, the major issue of focus is the proposal of the home health groupings model, or HHGM. This new payment model rolled out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services represents a dynamic shift in how patient care is organized and how home health care providers are reimbursed. If ultimately approved, HHGM would be required to go into effect at the start of calendar year 2019. Here are some more details on several areas of the model that would impact home health therapy:

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Black History Month: How a Physical Therapist’s work helped WWII soldiers and changed forensic science

In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating the significant contributions Bessie Blount Griffin made to the fields of physical therapy, nursing and forensic science.

Driven to succeed

Born in 1914, Blount was born in Virginia, receiving only a sixth-grade education. Undeterred, she self-taught on a range of subjects, completing a GED and earning an acceptance into college for nursing, according to The Star-Ledger. After finishing her studies, Read More