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Brett Sears

To Give or Not to Give

By December 23, 2012

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The holidays are upon us, and it is a time to visit with family and friends, reflect upon the past year, and perhaps give or get a gift or two.

If you are currently going to physical therapy, you may wonder if you should get a gift for your physical therapist. Here are a few thoughts about giving gifts to your physical therapist (or other healthcare provider).

First, your PT may not be able to accecpt money as a gift. In the past I have worked at a large hospital organization, and any cash gifts made to any worker at the hospital was to be reported and donated to a local charity. Money should probably be avoided.

Second, if you are giving a gift to your physical therapist who works in the hospital, you may want to avoid things such as plants. These things require that you water and care for them. In the hospital, the main focus of care should be on the patients. Adding another item like a plant that requires extra care may be a bit overwhelming.

Food always seems like a pretty good gift to give. A few homemade cookies or homemade breads are an excellent way to show your appreciation for your physical therapist. He or she will most likely share your gift with coworkers at the clinic as well. You can't go wrong with cookies.

Remember, your physical therapist enjoys working with patients and strives to provide the best care, regardless of any gift he or she receives. You should never feel pressured or obligated to give a gift to your therapist. A simple "thank you" goes a long way as well.

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