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Recovering with Physical Therapy

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Mar 14, 2019 1:51:00 PM

Surgery takes a toll on one’s body. The first step in recovering from surgery is always rest and recuperation. The body needs this time to deal with the shock that comes with surgery. This period of rest can also be important in avoiding infections and other post-surgery complications. But this period of rest can also take a toll on the body in a different way. During this time of rest the body can lose range of motion and strength, as well as build up scar tissue. In order to overcome these problems physical therapy is often prescribed to help get patients back to the level of activity they were used to before surgery. While physical therapy is often essential to a full recovery, many people avoid physical therapy because they don’t understand the benefits or know what to expect. 

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Occupational Therapy: Therapy for Living

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Feb 11, 2019 11:08:41 AM


Occupational therapy is often associated with work related injuries and workers compensation claims, but it is so much more. In the world of Elder care, occupational therapy can be the key to helping people maintain their independence and living a productive, satisfying life.

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Medication Management for Elders

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jan 10, 2019 2:50:46 PM

Many Elders take numerous medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. “44% of men and 57% of women older than age 65 take five or more medications per week,” according to American Nurse Today. Because of this, it can be difficult for Elders and their loved ones to keep track of related side-effects or how the different medications will interact. Below are some tips to help Elders better manage their medications.

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Boosting Your Immune System For Cold and Flu Season

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Dec 11, 2018 10:19:31 AM

Cold and flu season is always a difficult time for Elders. Illness can be dangerous for Elders, especially if their immune system isn’t working to its full potential. To help you and your loved ones tackle this winter’s cold and flu season we have created some tips on how to boost your immune system.

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Reducing Falls with Gait Analysis

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Nov 7, 2018 11:22:52 AM

As we quickly approach winter, the risk of falling increases for Elders. Among Elders, 87% of all fractures are due to falls. Nearly two-thirds of those Elders who sustain a fall will fall again within six months. One out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture for those aged 65 to 69. That number increases to one out of 10 for Elders aged 85 and over. 

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Dementia and Alzheimer's in the Winter

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Oct 9, 2018 11:58:04 AM

As the weather begins to shift from fall to winter in the coming months, it’s important for caretakers to understand how these seasonal changes can affect people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Let us help you prepare. 

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Topics: Memory Care

Preparing for Recovery from Orthopedic Surgery

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Sep 18, 2018 1:59:26 PM

Any surgery, no matter how minor or how necessary, can be traumatic for the body. This is especially true if you or the person you are caring for is older or dealing with additional ailments. While most of us focus on the upcoming surgery, knowing what is to come after the surgery and being able to prepare yourself for the taxing process of recovery is just as important.

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Topics: Patient-Family Relationships

Join Us at the 2nd Annual Senior Expo

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jul 23, 2018 9:48:25 AM

Are you a senior looking for ways to stay active as you age? Need recommendations on senior living communities, long-term care centers or rehab facilities close to home?

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Topics: Events

Coping with Seasonal Allergies

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Apr 19, 2018 11:37:23 AM

Seasonal allergies can affect anyone at any age, and seniors are no exception. But when other serious health conditions are present, allergies can go overlooked and untreated, leaving seniors with no choice but to cope with the unpleasant side effects.

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Put Your Passion to Work at West Ridge

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Mar 15, 2018 2:27:33 PM

Do you have an enthusiasm for helping others? Do you see aging not as a period of decline, but as a time for growth?

West Ridge is looking for like-minded individuals who share our philosophy to join our dedicated team of care professionals.

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Long-term Care and Skilled-Care Rehab Services for Elders in Cedar Rapids, IA 

West Ridge Care Center embraces a different approach to Elder care—one that centers around habitats that encourage growth at every stage of life. Follow our blog for the latest news and happenings at West Ridge, and information on our unique philosophy of care.


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