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.
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.
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.