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Move, Flex, and Feel Freer for National Physical Therapy Month

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Oct 29, 2015 5:10:04 PM

National Physical Therapy Month

In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we recognize the strengths of Residential Home Health’s physical therapists in helping patients age well.For National Physical Therapy Month this October, we honor the Residential Home Health clinicians who get patients up and moving. With a singular emphasis on physical function and strength, a physical therapist seeks to advance the body’s performance and capability, preparing patients to do more, for longer, with renewed confidence.

The practice of physical therapy involves some form of exercise, tailored to a patient’s individual needs. Anything from resistance training to stretching to walking with an assistive device could be part of physical therapy work. Patients who undergo physical therapy are carefully instructed to perform their exercises safely, and supported throughout their training as they practice and improve. Keep reading for more about the extraordinary gains that physical therapy can bring, and the many strengths and skills of these specialized clinicians.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Fall Prevention, Fitness

Keen Attention and Diligent Support for National Case Management Week

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Oct 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

National Case Management Week

National Case Management WeekAt the end of a hospital stay, or any time that a person's condition or health status is changing, the amount of input from different sources can be overwhelming. New instructions about medication, safety, activity level, diet, and necessary services comes fast and furious. Patient or caregivers may believe it's up to them to retain everything and take all next steps. But with so much to recall, it's no wonder that medications can be missed or follow-up appointments unscheduled — or that as many as 1 in 5 Medicare patients can wind up back in the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

But there is a secret-weapon clinician who excels at keeping continuity in check. For National Case Management Week (October 11-17), Residential Home Health recognizes the stellar work that case managers do to ensure that patient care stays on track. 

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Topics: Home Health Care

Immunization for Seniors — Prevent Infection to Preserve Health

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 8, 2015 10:30:00 PM

National Immunization Awareness Month

For National Immunization Awareness Month this August, we review why vaccination is a crucial part of senior health and how to get inoculated.A person’s health comes from a balance of many factors. Lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise can play a part, and management of chronic disease can also contribute. One vital component of health, especially for vulnerable populations, is preventing new infections. And an effective way to build the body’s immunity is through vaccines.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, developed to ‘highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan.’ Read on to discover the particular benefits of vaccine protection for seniors and people managing chronic illnesses, and take steps to avoid preventable infections.

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Topics: Home Health Care

Health News Round-Up: Cracking Down on Added Sugars

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 5, 2015 1:47:09 PM

The Skinny on Limiting Sugar

Recent health news from across the Web: added sugars and sugar substitutes, improvements in senior outcomes, when to start home health care, and more.We’ve been warned about the dangers of consuming too much sugar, but now the FDA is making a proposal that could make excess sugar harder to overlook. The organization has suggested two changes to nutrition labels: first, to add a separate subcategory to bring ‘added sugars’ to light, and second, to assign a percent daily value for these added sugars. The agency hopes that consumers will be able to better comprehend how much sugar they are getting and make healthier trade-offs.

(No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule; NPR)

In this related piece, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll discusses the scientific evidence about sugar consumption. His conclusions: added sugars have been proven to be detrimental to human health, whereas the case against artificial sweeteners can come apart with scrutiny. For people who drink sweetened beverages like colas, he suggests moderation and sugar-free options.

(The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar; NYT The Upshot blog)

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Topics: Home Health Care, Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Palliative Care, Caregiving, Diabetes, Aging In Place, Nutrition, Home Improvements

Health News Round-Up: Even With a Cart, Golf Is Serious Exercise

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jun 20, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Cart-Aided Golf Still Packs a Workout

HNRU-GolfIsExercise-BAN-600x460-062015Ample fresh air and a moderate walking pace make golf feel like leisure, but this recent NPR piece reinforces that even with modifications like motorized carts, golf is indeed a sport. The number of steps a player takes when golfing with a cart can still equate to about two miles over the course of 18 holes, not to mention energy burn over 1,000 calories. Golf also works out a player’s core muscles and balance.

Courses and clubs like golf carts because they earn revenue and speed up players’ games, allowing for more tee times. For players with advanced age or health challenges, using a cart can make it possible to continue playing for longer. And with such a rarefied combination of enjoyment and exercise, hitting the links by any means necessary is a good thing.

(Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart; NPR)

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Topics: Home Health Care, Dementia, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Diabetes, Aging In Place, Fitness