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Protect Yourself from Hypothermia

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jan 19, 2018 2:07:46 PM

Iowa is a great place for seniors. In fact, 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.

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Topics: Insider

Protect Yourself During Flu Season

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Dec 20, 2017 1:49:21 PM

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.

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Topics: Insider, Patient-Family Relationships

Introducing VirtuBalance at West Ridge Care Center

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Nov 27, 2017 5:24:28 PM

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.

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Topics: Insider

When Your Pleas Fall on Deaf Ears: Having a Conversation About Hearing Aids

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Oct 24, 2017 10:26:37 AM

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:

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Trick or Treat At West Ridge Care Center

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Oct 18, 2017 2:38:12 PM

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West Ridge Care Center Celebrates 25 Years!

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Aug 25, 2017 4:02:35 PM

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Topics: Events

Recovering Speech After a Stroke

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Aug 17, 2017 12:23:01 PM

Verbal communication is such a basic part of our everyday experience that it’s hard to imagine life without it. We rely on our ability to talk for so many things, and we need it to stay connected with family and friends.

When you lose the ability to express how you feel and what you want, your quality of life is severely impacted—it becomes easy to feel distanced from those around you.

This is the case for many stroke patients, who unexpectedly find themselves unable to communicate their needs and desires, and unable to make sense of the world around them. This is why it’s so important that a stroke recovery plan includes speech therapy provided by a certified, experienced and compassionate provider.

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Topics: Memory Care

What Is an Occupational Therapist?

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jul 12, 2017 5:24:17 PM

Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation

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Rehabilitating After A Hip Fracture

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jun 26, 2017 10:00:14 AM

Hip fractures—usually the result of a fall—are among the most common injuries we see in patients who come to West Ridge for rehabilitation. After a partial or total hip-replacement surgery, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of everyday life. But West Ridge’s experienced rehabilitation team can help patients get back on their feet and regain independence.

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Rehabilitating After A Stroke

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jun 15, 2017 5:27:33 PM


A stroke can be fatal, but as medical technology improves, so do patient outcomes.

Growing public awareness has helped people identify the symptoms of an impending stroke, allowing more people to seek emergency, life-saving treatment. As a result, more people are surviving strokes—and more people are in need of treatment to address both the short-term and long-term side effects.

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The West Ridge Difference

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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