Jessica Delloso – Independent Project

Jessica Delloso – Independent Project

Class of 2017

Introduction to Topic

My shadowing experience was a very useful and valuable experience. I learned so much from the therapists there and I am very grateful that they allowed me to be there and that I got to watch them every week. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. I’m thankful for how much she taught me and how welcoming she was towards me. Physical therapy has always interested me and seeing what it’s like to be a physical therapist everyday really opened my eyes to what I’m actually interested in.

Project Description

My project was to shadow in a physical therapy/occupational therapy office and watch how their daily lives are and see how they do things. I’ve already had some experience with my mentor at the same physical therapy office. She was my physical therapist for my wrist. She was very easy to get in contact with so it was casual but still professional when it came to asking her if I could shadow her. I’ve always been interested in physical therapy and so this was the perfect setup for me. Everyday I made sure I was looking for places that could use improvement. A lot of things at the physical therapy place are really great so this was difficult for me. I started telling some of the patients about this project and that I needed to find something to make better and they all told me the place is pretty close to perfect. Eventually a patient brought something up to me that was actually a really big problem and it turned out to be something that I could fix. Overall this project went very smoothly and it was a very rewarding experience.

Experience Description

For the experience part of my independent project I shadowed at the Towson Sports Medicine physical therapy office with Mrs. Kelly. I went every week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s to get a total of 80 hours of shadowing. Since you need schooling in order to do actual things with patients, I wasn’t allowed to do anything that related to the patient’s recovery. But they did have me go and get ice packs and get the heating pads and they allowed me to unhook the patients from the stim machine. My favorite part of the whole experience was getting to sit and talk with the patients and getting to hear why they were there and seeing their improvements every week. I always thought being a physical therapist would be really rewarding but being able to actually see it was really nice. Mrs. Kelly not only helps these patients with their problems with their joints and helps them medically, she also forms a bond/friendship with them and that was definitely one of the best things to see. There was one old man that broke his wrist and lost a lot of strength in it so he needed to go to Mrs. kelly and regain his strength and mobility. His wife came with him to every appointment and they were both always so happy. Even though he was in pain he came in with a smile on his face and he was ready to work out his wrist. They would both tell Mrs. Kelly and I stories of their grandchildren and about their life and it was so nice to see such a happy couple together. He was always so optimistic about his wrist. His bones are old so they aren’t going to recover as fast as a younger person’s bones would but he came in every Monday and Wednesday saying his wrist felt better than the last time. Seeing him eventually able to do the things that he couldn’t do before was really heartwarming. The physical therapy place gives you a free shirt when you finally get to a point where you can go home. He was so happy that he finally got the shirt and was able to continue his recovery from home. As much as he liked coming in and talking to everyone there, he was so happy that Mrs. Kelly made his wrist so much better. Although I enjoyed going and talking with the patients and all of the physical therapists, I did realize that physical therapy is not as fitting for me as I thought it was going to be. When I was younger I thought that physical therapy seemed like the perfect fit for me but after experiencing it first hand, I noticed that I really didn’t like that they all dealt with the same type of problems every single day. This has allowed me to conclude that I need something where I’m going to see different things everyday. I am very thankful that Mrs. Kelly allowed me to shadow her and that she has given me this experience.

Innovation Description

I struggled with finding something that I wanted to innovate at the physical therapy place so I started asking patients what their thoughts were on the place and they all loved how the place was ran and where everything was set up and the machines and tools that they had for them to use. But one patient brought up the cart and how the wire from the ultrasound machine drags across the floor right in the patient’s way and in the therapist’s way. I watched her almost trip multiple times and this seemed like a really big problem. After noticing the wire and the safety hazard, I noticed that the cart really didn’t have much functionality. Things were just kind of thrown on it and it’s only use was just to hold the ultrasound machine. The idea of the cart was good because it can be rolled around while also carrying things along with it but there was nothing else on the cart which makes it seem kind of pointless. For my innovation I wanted something that was going to be more useful while still being mobile and something that was going to keep the wire off the ground, fixing the safety hazard. Almost like an all in one physical therapy cart. All of the tools for strength and regaining mobility were in different drawers and cabinets. It wasn’t that big of an inconvenience for her to get up and get those things but it would be much easier if everything was on the cart right next to her. I knew I wanted drawers on the cart and a shelf in the middle to hold things conveniently. And as for the wire, I wanted this cart to be chargeable so that the machine can be plugged into the cart making the cart able to move wherever she needed it to be with no wire restrictions and no wire in the way of patients and herself. I spent 2 hours planning out the cart innovation and drawing out drafts and running the idea by the patient that essentially gave me this idea. My dad and I spent 2 hours in Home Depot just trying to find the specific materials that were going to work for the cart. We spent an hour in Walmart looking for drawers that were going to fit onto the cart shelf. We spent 3 hours just trying to figure out how to built the bottom and attach the wheels because my dad and I are not very handy when it comes to building things. We eventually got the base built with only a few mess ups that we recovered from. We realized that we needed to change some things up and ended up having to go back to Home Depot where we spent another 2 hours trying to make sure we got everything we needed this time. After getting the base done, we attached the drawers on the middle shelf so that it would be easily accessed by the physical therapist and since the whole thing is mobile, it can easily be turned around to get something on the other side. This is going to hold all of the things that the therapist would need with the exception of things that aren’t used as often. This new and improved cart is going to improve the patient’s experience at physical therapy and improve any physical therapist’s experience at work and make things so much more convenient and more safe.

Project Topic

Introduction to Topic

My shadowing experience was a very useful and valuable experience. I learned so much from the therapists there and I am very grateful that they allowed me to be there and that I got to watch them every week. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. I’m thankful for how much she taught me and how welcoming she was towards me. Physical therapy has always interested me and seeing what it’s like to be a physical therapist everyday really opened my eyes to what I’m actually interested in.

Project Overview

Project Description

My project was to shadow in a physical therapy/occupational therapy office and watch how their daily lives are and see how they do things. I’ve already had some experience with my mentor at the same physical therapy office. She was my physical therapist for my wrist. She was very easy to get in contact with so it was casual but still professional when it came to asking her if I could shadow her. I’ve always been interested in physical therapy and so this was the perfect setup for me. Everyday I made sure I was looking for places that could use improvement. A lot of things at the physical therapy place are really great so this was difficult for me. I started telling some of the patients about this project and that I needed to find something to make better and they all told me the place is pretty close to perfect. Eventually a patient brought something up to me that was actually a really big problem and it turned out to be something that I could fix. Overall this project went very smoothly and it was a very rewarding experience.

Experience

Experience Description

For the experience part of my independent project I shadowed at the Towson Sports Medicine physical therapy office with Mrs. Kelly. I went every week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s to get a total of 80 hours of shadowing. Since you need schooling in order to do actual things with patients, I wasn’t allowed to do anything that related to the patient’s recovery. But they did have me go and get ice packs and get the heating pads and they allowed me to unhook the patients from the stim machine. My favorite part of the whole experience was getting to sit and talk with the patients and getting to hear why they were there and seeing their improvements every week. I always thought being a physical therapist would be really rewarding but being able to actually see it was really nice. Mrs. Kelly not only helps these patients with their problems with their joints and helps them medically, she also forms a bond/friendship with them and that was definitely one of the best things to see. There was one old man that broke his wrist and lost a lot of strength in it so he needed to go to Mrs. kelly and regain his strength and mobility. His wife came with him to every appointment and they were both always so happy. Even though he was in pain he came in with a smile on his face and he was ready to work out his wrist. They would both tell Mrs. Kelly and I stories of their grandchildren and about their life and it was so nice to see such a happy couple together. He was always so optimistic about his wrist. His bones are old so they aren’t going to recover as fast as a younger person’s bones would but he came in every Monday and Wednesday saying his wrist felt better than the last time. Seeing him eventually able to do the things that he couldn’t do before was really heartwarming. The physical therapy place gives you a free shirt when you finally get to a point where you can go home. He was so happy that he finally got the shirt and was able to continue his recovery from home. As much as he liked coming in and talking to everyone there, he was so happy that Mrs. Kelly made his wrist so much better. Although I enjoyed going and talking with the patients and all of the physical therapists, I did realize that physical therapy is not as fitting for me as I thought it was going to be. When I was younger I thought that physical therapy seemed like the perfect fit for me but after experiencing it first hand, I noticed that I really didn’t like that they all dealt with the same type of problems every single day. This has allowed me to conclude that I need something where I’m going to see different things everyday. I am very thankful that Mrs. Kelly allowed me to shadow her and that she has given me this experience.

Innovation

Innovation Description

I struggled with finding something that I wanted to innovate at the physical therapy place so I started asking patients what their thoughts were on the place and they all loved how the place was ran and where everything was set up and the machines and tools that they had for them to use. But one patient brought up the cart and how the wire from the ultrasound machine drags across the floor right in the patient’s way and in the therapist’s way. I watched her almost trip multiple times and this seemed like a really big problem. After noticing the wire and the safety hazard, I noticed that the cart really didn’t have much functionality. Things were just kind of thrown on it and it’s only use was just to hold the ultrasound machine. The idea of the cart was good because it can be rolled around while also carrying things along with it but there was nothing else on the cart which makes it seem kind of pointless. For my innovation I wanted something that was going to be more useful while still being mobile and something that was going to keep the wire off the ground, fixing the safety hazard. Almost like an all in one physical therapy cart. All of the tools for strength and regaining mobility were in different drawers and cabinets. It wasn’t that big of an inconvenience for her to get up and get those things but it would be much easier if everything was on the cart right next to her. I knew I wanted drawers on the cart and a shelf in the middle to hold things conveniently. And as for the wire, I wanted this cart to be chargeable so that the machine can be plugged into the cart making the cart able to move wherever she needed it to be with no wire restrictions and no wire in the way of patients and herself. I spent 2 hours planning out the cart innovation and drawing out drafts and running the idea by the patient that essentially gave me this idea. My dad and I spent 2 hours in Home Depot just trying to find the specific materials that were going to work for the cart. We spent an hour in Walmart looking for drawers that were going to fit onto the cart shelf. We spent 3 hours just trying to figure out how to built the bottom and attach the wheels because my dad and I are not very handy when it comes to building things. We eventually got the base built with only a few mess ups that we recovered from. We realized that we needed to change some things up and ended up having to go back to Home Depot where we spent another 2 hours trying to make sure we got everything we needed this time. After getting the base done, we attached the drawers on the middle shelf so that it would be easily accessed by the physical therapist and since the whole thing is mobile, it can easily be turned around to get something on the other side. This is going to hold all of the things that the therapist would need with the exception of things that aren’t used as often. This new and improved cart is going to improve the patient’s experience at physical therapy and improve any physical therapist’s experience at work and make things so much more convenient and more safe.

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