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From Stage to Page, Advice and Humor as a Showbiz Legend Turns 90

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 28, 2015 3:25:36 PM

Book of the Month: December 2015

In our book for December, we celebrate Dick Van Dyke’s 90th birthday with a look at his new memoir about aging with flexibility and wit.Actor, comedian, and song-and-dance legend Dick Van Dyke will turn 90 years old this December 13. With career hits on stage, film, and television (highlights include Bye Bye Birdie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, and Diagnosis: Murder), Van Dyke has been receiving lifetime achievement honoraria since the 1990s — although it hasn’t stopped him from consistently working to this day, with seemingly tireless enthusiasm that defies his age.

In anticipation of his milestone birthday, Van Dyke has penned a kicky memoir about aging with aplomb; as he seems by all reports to be as sprightly as ever, he can be considered something of an expert. And so this bouncy collection of memories bitter and sweet, blended with lists and rhymes, is our selection for December.

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Topics: Recommended Reading

For Care with Consistency and Comfort, There’s No Place like Home

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 25, 2015 2:48:20 PM

National Home Care and Hospice Month

For National Home Care and Hospice Month this November, discover how extending care into the home can meet patients’ unique health needs.The National Association for Home Care & Hospice celebrates November as Home Care and Hospice Month. The theme for 2015 is ‘Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom’ — that is, the independence to remain living at home safely, and to stay out of the hospital.

Thousands upon thousands of skilled clinicians, including the exceptional nurses and therapists of Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice, make their way every day, in any weather, to wherever their patients call home. They deliver expert care, guidance, information, encouragement, and empowerment to maximize health and help patients and their caregivers manage chronic conditions. Read on to discover why care in the home is playing a growing role in health care, and how the Residential family is ready to meet the unique health needs of each of its patients.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Hospice, Palliative Care

Adaptive Solutions Protect and Promote Longer Aging in Place

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 24, 2015 3:36:30 PM

Residential in the Real World

Residential occupational therapist Julie set up her patient and his caregiver for better transportation and transfers without strain, now and later.Savvy aging in place takes more than merely continuing to live at home. To live at home with independence and safety (the cornerstones of successful aging in place) means acknowledging that challenges may arise as circumstances and capabilities change. And for long-lasting aging in place, seniors may need to adapt equipment or alter routines. Being open to adaptive solutions can not only solve immediate problems, but also ensure greater ability and peace of mind for years to come.

For Julie, a Residential Home Health occupational therapist, helping while she is actually in the home is only part of the equation. She aims to find solutions that will protect patients and caregivers from potential strain or injury in the long term, well after their plan of care with Residential ends. Recently, one of her patients had serious concerns about his ability to remain at home; read on to discover how Julie set him and his caregiver wife up with safer, easier alternatives, for both now and later.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Aging In Place

Detroit Free Press Names Residential a 2015 Top Workplace in Michigan

Posted by Teresa Spencer on Nov 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice have been named as winners of the Detroit Free Press Top Workplace award for the fifth consecutive year. TROY, MI, November 22, 2015 – Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice, Troy, MI-based providers of in-home healthcare and hospice services and subsidiaries of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), are pleased to announce that they have been named as winners of the Detroit Free Press Top Workplace award for the fifth consecutive year.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, among them Alignment, Execution, and Connection.

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Topics: Residential News

This Simple, Healthier Homemade Stuffing Will Get Gobble-Gobbled Up

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Featured Recipe

This Thanksgiving, make healthier eating your new tradition — and start by giving one staple of the feast a healthier makeover.It’s almost Thanksgiving, the official beginning to the end-of-year eating season. It’s a holiday steeped in tradition, and unfortunately for our health, many of our best Thanksgiving traditions are founded on unhealthy amounts of fat and salt. Portion control can help to keep your weight and disease management on track, but greater-than-usual temptations — not to mention a lack of healthy options — can make sticking to a sensible diet that much more difficult. This holiday, you can aim for better nutrition by giving a Thanksgiving staple a healthier makeover.

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Topics: Recipe, Nutrition