Topics: Patient-Family Relationships
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?
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.
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.
Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24th at West Ridge Care Center. Registration begins at 1:30pm with the Easter Egg Hunt kicking off at 2:00pm.
Iowa is a great place for seniors. In fact, MoneyRates.com named Iowa the #1 state in the US to retire in 2017, even beating out sunny Hawaii, which took the #2 spot. But as much we love our state, we’re not in love with the cold Iowa winters.
With the flu season in full swing, we want to ensure our residents are staying healthy and happy. Being infected with the influenza virus can be a particularly risky experience for Elders, who tend to be more susceptible to the flu and its complications as they age. We recommend taking a few precautions over the next few months to avoid this virus.
Curious about the new device in the West Ridge therapy room?
There’s a new piece of equipment at West Ridge! It’s called VirtuBalance, and it’s used by our rehabilitation team to diagnose balance issues, gait disorders, and measure your risk of falling. We’re excited to be the first long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids to use this new technology to help our residents.
How It’s Used
This state-of-the-art electronic device uses 3-D cameras and sensors to highlight areas on the body that need conditioning. For instance, if you have trouble getting out of chairs or reaching for objects, VirtuBalance tracks your movements to help our staff identify which areas of the body are weakened, making it hard to complete the task at hand.
According to Ear, Nose & Throat Journal, 50% of seniors ages 75-84 suffer from presbycusis—the medical term for hearing loss. And for seniors ages 94 and up, that number increases to 95%. But despite the numbers, only about one in five seniors purchase some type of hearing aid. And even fewer actually use them.
So why are so many people choosing to forego these life-changing medical devices?
If you’ve ever tried to convince a stubborn parent or spouse to get fitted for hearing aids, you’ve heard all the excuses: