EDUCATING ~ CONNECTING ~ ENGAGING ~ NURTURING ~ REVITALIZING ~ COLLABORATING ~ INSPIRING
By Pam Young
Amid the constantly changing landscape for healthcare, insurance reimbursement and how folks perceive aging; how can you assure HT remains part of the continuum-of-care in the facility where you work and with the population you serve? In this issue we have an article called Consistency of Care which highlights the need to reach the behavioral health population, a group we know benefits from HT. This issue also features a new segment focusing on the HT practitioner, which is a forum to encourage and help problem-solve situations that arise in your practice. The job market can never provide guarantees but we all need to make sure that HT remains part of the conversation.
How can you provide consistency but keep your program fluid to meet the diverse population you serve? One of the keys is to know your customer (consumer) receiving your HT services, whether that is your patient in a hospital setting, a personal client, a resident in a CCRC, or your student in a school. Connect with them on a personal level and be sure they gain something out of the HT experience you provide. Adjust your programming to meet the needs of your clients. One size doesn’t always fit all. As I have been asked to expand programming, I change the activities for inpatient vs. outpatient.
Provide continuity through collaboration by working with an inter-disciplinary approach. What are the goals, how can HT contribute and achieve the best outcomes, and most importantly be diligent about remaining in the conversation with other therapists or the treatment team at your facility. Decide where you can best maximize your services and contribute in the continuum-of-care. Look up research to back it up and present it at the next meeting you attend. Ask to be on the agenda. Complacency does not work in a changing landscape.
Market and document what you do! Some of the best marketing also comes from anecdotal moments; document your client’s story. If you have the luxury of a marketing department, make them aware of the positive, unique, impact you provide specifically as an HT and also indirectly through your program’s community involvement. Share and market your HT program at a local community event, be part of a poster presentation at an allied profession conference, put yourself out there!!
Most of all join the MAHTN and become a part of your local organization of horticultural therapists. Join us at our next meeting in March. What better way to fit in and stay connected to HT!
Pam Young, MAHTN Newsletter Editor
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