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Acknowledging All Who Serve Our Country to Defend Our Freedoms as Americans

Posted by Dreu Adams on May 25, 2017 5:52:36 PM

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What a privilege it is each year to celebrate Memorial Day and acknowledge all who serve our country to defend our freedoms as Americans. Special thanks to the many active duty and Veteran members of the Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice families, not only our employees, but also their family members.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Hospice, Bereavement

Health News Round-Up: Plan Ahead Before Driving Becomes Unwise

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 11, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Making a ‘Retirement Plan’ for Driving

Recent health news from across the web: ‘retirement planning’ for driving, Medicare open enrollment, new mammogram guidelines, and more.A key component to aging in place is mobility — being able to get around independently. And in much of America, ‘mobility’ equals ‘driving.’ However, there may come a point when driving themselves is no longer a safe option for seniors; diminished vision, cognitive changes, and medication side effects are just some of the hazards that can jeopardize elderly drivers. But often, the issue isn’t raised until it must be dealt with, and it can be a point of contention between patients who want to feel independent and the caregivers or family members who must ask for the keys.

Giving up driving — or having driving privileges taken away — can be a difficult transition, one that may be harder to accept if it happens abruptly. Medical care can suffer, and feelings of isolation can contribute to depression. This NPR story takes the example of a few savvy seniors who made an advanced plan for ‘driving retirement.’ Researching transportation options and discussing possible solutions well before they are necessary may be preferable to scrambling once a need is already apparent (much like advanced care planning, in fact). Acknowledging that driving might not always be a feasible transportation choice can put wheels in motion toward safer driving practices now…and an easier transition to potential ‘retirement’ later.

(It’s Never Too Soon To Plan Your ‘Driving Retirement’; NPR)

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Topics: Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Caregiving, Diabetes, Aging In Place, Health News, Nutrition, Cancer, Bereavement, Emotional Health

Health News Round-Up: An ‘Ounce of Preemption’ Before Treatment

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 18, 2015 4:48:21 PM

Preparing for Surgery or Treatment with ‘Prehab’

Recent health news from across the Web: prehab training before aggressive treatment, side effect dangers, music’s pain-fighting properties, and more.Patients who undergo surgeries, or other aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, are often guided in rehabilitation exercises afterward to build back lost strength and endurance. However, some specialists have begun to explore the potential of rehab-style exercise done in anticipation of such procedures. They reason that this so-called prehab allows patients to enter treatment at a better level of fitness that will help them endure procedures better and recover faster.

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Topics: Dementia, Joint Replacement, Palliative Care, Diabetes, Health News, Nutrition, Medication Management, Heart Disease, Cancer, Fitness, Bereavement

Health News Round-Up: Exercise Benefits Parkinson’s Patients

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 26, 2015 3:03:00 PM

Physical Activity Can Counteract the Effects of Parkinson’s

Dynamic Parkinson’s therapy, more reasons than ever to quit smoking, end of life and bereavement, and more.Activities ranging from drumming to dance can help patients with Parkinson’s disease to regain range and smoothness of motion and reduce the need for medication. Recent studies have shown substantial gains in patients who engaged in regular cycling, treadmill walking, or tai chi practice. The National Parkinson Foundation notes that the benefits of regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of falls and other complications, which can in turn slow disease progression.

Residential Home Health also recognizes the benefits of physical activity in Parkinson’s treatment. Our patients can take part in proven LSVT therapy, exercises that emphasize BIG movements and LOUD speech and have long-lasting effects.

(Fight Parkinson’s: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy; NPR)

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Topics: Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, Health News, Stroke, Advance Directive, Smoking, Fitness, Bereavement

Facilitating Peace in the Wake of Extraordinary Circumstances and Loss

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jan 13, 2015 1:52:00 PM

Residential in the Real World

Residential In The Real World — Facilitating Peace in Wake of LossSometimes life leads us through dark and desolate places, without promise of resolution. It can feel as though our trials are unending, piling one on the other, while we’re expected to shoulder the whole, growing burden. And when we find ourselves at the center of such a storm, it can be impossible to envision a way out.

When we meet others who are paralyzed by such circumstances, our best hope is to show them by our actions that they are not alone, and help shine a light on the path to healing. Read on to discover how Kaye, a Medical Social Worker and Residential Home Health Therapy Preceptor, helped a grief-stricken patient and her family find peace and uncover resources to make the journey ahead less painful.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Financial Health, Bereavement, Emotional Health