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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Memory Care
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.
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.