The West Ridge Blog

Preparing for Recovery from Orthopedic Surgery

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Sep 18, 2018 1:59:26 PM

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.

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Topics: Patient-Family Relationships

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

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

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: Patient-Family Relationships, Events

Visiting a Loved One in Memory Care

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Apr 7, 2017 11:13:30 AM

When your loved one is living with a memory disorder like dementia, you don’t always know what to expect when you visit. Some days will be good and things will seem normal. Other days can be frustrating, even painful; your loved one might call you by the wrong name, they may seem agitated or angry, or maybe they refuse to see guests altogether.

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Topics: Memory Care, Patient-Family Relationships

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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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