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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

Helping Yourself Heal After a Spouse’s Death

Posted by Jackie Waters on Jul 24, 2017 12:51:49 PM

(Image via Pixabay)

Whether it’s anticipated or out of the blue, the death of a spouse shakes a senior’s life to the core. After years to decades of sharing life together, a cherished life partner is gone and life looms ahead. It’s normal to feel intense stress and sadness during this difficult time, but there are a few ways to help yourself move forward.

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Topics: Patient-Family Relationships

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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Stay Connected to Your Loved Ones at West Ridge

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jun 7, 2017 11:39:52 AM

Join in on the Fun!

West Ridge residents play a game of bingo.

West Ridge is more than just a care center—we’re a community. As the family of one of our residents, we invite you to become a part of our community and take advantage of the activities and events that help keep you connected to your loved ones here at West Ridge.


By participating in our planned activities, you not only give your loved one your company, love and attention, you encourage them to pursue healthy, stimulating hobbies that are shown to keep the mind active longer. Join us this summer for the following events and activities:

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Topics: Events, Patient-Family Relationships

Men's Picnic

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jun 6, 2017 2:31:38 PM

The Men of West Ridge invite their guests to the Men's Picnic, Thursday, June 22nd 5pm. Come enjoy the culinary talents of Richard and Mike and enjoy the fresh air and fabulous food!

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Topics: Events

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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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