Rehabilitation after Surgery

The Importance of Therapy After Surgery

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After spending days, weeks, or more in the hospital, it’s pretty normal to be anxious to get back to your normal routine at home or work.  You vaguely recall the doctor mentioning the process of getting back to the routine, but you were fixated on the routine—not the journey.  The discharge nurse will likely hand you a stack of papers, among which are your prescribed therapies and nearby rehabilitation centers offering the prescribed services, but it may not be until you or your caregiver is sifting through the paperwork do you see this information.  Is it really that important to follow the doctor’s guidelines?  In a word: Yes. 1: Faster Recovery The simplest answer is that properly-guided therapies including physical therapy and occupational therapy, among others,Read More +

Rehabilitation at Home

Tips For Preparing for Home Care

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After a major surgery, illness, or injury, often the next stop is short term rehabilitation at a transitional care facility before being sent home.  The last few words are key: sent home.  Up to this point you have been in the care of skilled professionals with years and even decades of training and experience under their belt, with certain treatment methodologies so familiar they’ve become muscle memory.  As a home care giver taking on these responsibilities can be daunting.  Fortunately, there are a great number of resources to help ease the transition from skilled nursing to home care. Before Going Home Process The Changes Whether you have hours or days to prepare for the transition, take some time to begin to process the life changesRead More +

Take Medication after Surgery in Transitional Care

Technology Reminders To Take Your Medication

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With an increasing dependency on technology in the home, it was only a matter of time before we had a solid means to ensure medications are taken on time.  Everything from ‘Net-connected thermostats and toasters to refrigerators that can be accessed from the grocery store if you’re just not sure if you have enough broccoli for dinner, wireless technology has crossed from convenience to dependence.  While the repercussions of slightly-over-toasted bread won’t have long-term impact, missing doses of critical medications can impact pain management, lengthen recovery time, or significantly impair one’s ability to function. Pill Tracking – The Methods Since the earliest forms of prescription, people have relied on tools such as calendars, lists, and other people in order to track dosage and consumption.  WithRead More +


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As the group known as the baby boomers ages and the group over 65 years of age continues to grow, another group is growing in numbers; that is their caregivers. A caregiver can be defined as an unpaid spouse, partner, family member or friend who provides another with assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting and feeding), medical support (to and from the doctor offices, sorting medications, monitoring glucose levels, etc.), transportation and housekeeping. A formal caregiver is an individual who is paid to provide care either in the client’s home or in a healthcare setting like a nursing home or assisted living community. According to a November 2012 Census, 43.5 million of adult family caregivers care for someone 50 plus years ofRead More +

What is Holistic Medicine?

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Often time holistic medicine is used to describe medicine that takes into account the person’s medical, physical, nutritional, environmental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Many times the term is used when people speak of alternative medicine or natural medicine only. Other times it is used in conjunction with medical treatment that involves surgery, medications and other routine medical procedures. The types of things that are included in holistic approaches are acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, massage therapy, guided imagery and aromatherapy. None of these therapies are new and some are ancient. What is important to remember is like Western Medicine,  there is no “one size fits all” approach to healing. Almost all physicians agree that holistic or alternative medicine works best in conjunction with modern medicine.Read More +