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Speech Therapy for Dysphagia with RESTORE

Speech Therapy for Dysphagia with RESTORE

Heritage Health is the exclusive provider of RESTORE Therapy, a comprehensive therapy program offering physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and respiratory therapy. In the areas of speech therapy, Heritage Health provides both physical and speech therapy for seniors who suffer from the neurological deficits following a stroke or other brain-related injuries.

 

We also provide speech therapy for dysphagia, also known as swallowing disorders. Dysphagia can occur because of nervous system disorders (Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy), a stroke, head or spinal cord injuries, cancer of the head, neck or esophagus, or other problems with the esophagus such as gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

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Outpatient Therapy Services with RESTORE

Outpatient Therapy Services with RESTORE

RESTORE Therapy services provide comprehensive therapy programs to seniors in need of rehabilitative therapy following a surgery or an illness. Following a hospital stay, seniors may not be ready to return home, but no longer need to remain in the hospital. RESTORE offers therapy regimens in the areas of respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These therapy programs help seniors regains strength, confidence and the skills needed to return home and live independently. Private suites with hotel-like amenities are available for seniors during their therapy stay.

 

After completing their RESTORE Therapy program, some seniors may choose to continue their therapy regimen, even after they have returned home. Outpatient therapy facilities have a separate entrance for patients, so they can enter directly into the therapy gym and work with the same professionally-trained therapy staff that helped them return home. Patients who continue with outpatient therapy will continue to gain strength and improve their skills for activities of daily living.

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Respiratory Therapy at Heritage Health

Respiratory Therapy at Heritage Health

Heritage Health’s exclusive therapy program is known as RESTORE. The newest addition to the RESTORE therapy services is Respiratory Therapy: a full-service therapy program provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Heritage Health is the only facility providing these Respiratory Therapy services.

 

Respiratory Therapy at Heritage Health provides a comprehensive approach to the health care of our patients. Therapists who deliver respiratory therapy are professionally-trained and licensed therapists. These Respiratory Therapists are able to treat both acute and chronic respiratory disorders including bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, COPD and pneumonia.

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Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care at Heritage Health

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care at Heritage Health

Seniors who are living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias require a great deal of care. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and causes problems with thinking, behavior and memory. Alzheimer’s disease worsens over time, and there is at present time no cure, although treatment for symptoms is available. If your loved one is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, look to the specially-trained staff at Heritage Health to provide dignified and compassionate care.

 

The Legacy Care unit, located within select Heritage Health locations, is designed exclusively to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Legacy Care is a secured unit located within Heritage Health (also known as Harmony Center at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL) with licensed nurses on duty 24 hours a day to assist residents with dressing, bathing and meals. Activities are designed with the cognitive and physical impairments brought on by Alzheimer’s disease, so residents are able to participate and be engaged each and every day.

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RESTORE: Occupational Therapy

RESTORE: Occupational Therapy

RESTORE Therapy is the comprehensive therapy program provided exclusively at Heritage Health. One of the main components of RESTORE is occupational therapy, that is: therapy to help seniors regain the skills, strength and confidence they need to return to their daily lives. Seniors who have suffered a fall or experienced some an injury that has left them unable to live as independently as they used to should look no further than RESTORE: Heritage Health Therapy. Diagnoses related to hip, knee or joint replacement may require occupational therapy.

 

Occupational therapy at Heritage Health facilities provides a personalized program designed with each patient’s individual history, capabilities and goals in mind. Our professionally trained therapists work with each patient to help them relearn daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and other tasks many of us take for granted. It is an interdisciplinary approach where the RESTORE therapy team works in tandem with the nursing, dietary, pharmacy and management staff to ensure patients are receiving comprehensive care.

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Wound Care Services at Heritage Health

Wound Care Services at Heritage Health

Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities exercise comprehensive senior care, meaning Heritage attends to a wide variety of senior health care needs. For some seniors, this comprehensive health care may include wound care.

 

Wounds develop for a variety of reasons. Seniors who undergo surgery have a higher risk of developing wounds, both at the incision site and internally. While recovering from medical procedures, seniors may rest assured knowing the skilled nursing staff at Heritage Health diligently clean and redress wounds to help them heal, and to prevent them from spreading. Administering wound care at Heritage Health improves patients’ clinical outcomes by effectively managing or eliminating infection, and it reduces the number of hospital trips seniors must take for routine wound care.

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Falls Management with RESTORE Therapy at Heritage Health

Falls Management with RESTORE Therapy at Heritage Health

Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities proudly offer seniors RESTORE Therapy! As a leader in therapy and senior care, Heritage Health utilizes physical therapy methods and technology aimed to address senior-specific concerns, making RESTORE physical therapy a premier senior therapy program.

 

One of the greatest areas of concern impacting seniors’ safety and independence is falls. As strength, mobility and balance taper off with age, the elderly population becomes more vulnerable to falls. The damage seniors experience is not just physical; falls shake seniors’ and family members’ confidence. To effectively address seniors’ fall risk, Heritage Health’s RESTORE physical therapy program features Falls Management. The purpose of RESTORE’s Falls Management program is to improve each senior’s balance and to educate participants in techniques to prevent future falls.

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Transitional Care at Evergreen Crossing

Transitional Care at Evergreen Crossing

Diverse healthcare services empower seniors to tailor their healthcare to their individual wishes. Maintaining an open dialogue between providers and patients helps providers administer care more closely in step with patients’ desires, improving patient satisfaction.

 

One type of care steadily growing more popular among seniors is transitional care. Seniors in transitional care undergo high-intensity therapy sessions to complete their therapy more quickly. The goal of transitional care is to transition seniors from high-dependence on skilled care staff to independence in the comfort of their own homes.

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Physical Therapy with RESTORE at Heritage Health

Physical Therapy with RESTORE at Heritage Health

Heritage constantly strives to improve seniors’ experience at Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities. As experts in senior health care, Heritage recognizes the important role physical therapy plays in comprehensive skilled nursing care. When it comes to therapy and senior care for you or your loved one, choose wisely.

 

Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities proudly offer seniors top-level physical therapy in the RESTORE Therapy program. Seniors undergoing physical therapy treatment in the RESTORE program take advantage of Step Out, a personalized therapy curriculum designed to accelerate each senior’s individual results. Step Out effectively builds seniors’ confidence to return home safely.

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Short-Term Therapy for Seniors

Short-Term Therapy for Seniors

For seniors and family members, choosing a healthcare provider with a long-standing reputation of excellence is crucial. For over 50 years, Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities have delivered therapy and senior care to thousands of elderly loved ones. As a leading senior healthcare provider, Heritage expands services to meet the needs and desires of today’s seniors, such as short-term therapy services.

 

Although most people may think of long-term stays as the primary reason for choosing a nursing home, reputable senior health care providers like Heritage Health offer short-term therapy stays. Seniors who normally live independently may choose Heritage Health for their therapy care following surgery or an injury. By living at Heritage Health for the duration of a short-term therapy stay, seniors may reduce the logistics of scheduling transportation around various appointments. Along with added convenience, short-term therapy stays may help seniors make all of their appointments, decreasing total recovery time.

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Skilled Nursing Care for Seniors

Skilled Nursing Care for Seniors

The term “nursing home” means different things to different people, and today’s healthcare environment is rapidly changing the expectations patients have for traditional nursing homes. Recently the healthcare industry adopted the term “skilled nursing facility” to replace “nursing home”. Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities provide holistic senior care, meaning Heritage addresses multiple facets of senior health.

 

One aspect of senior healthcare Heritage Health provides is around-the-clock skilled nursing care. The qualified nursing staff attends to a full range of senior conditions and mobility. Nursing care seniors receive at Heritage Health may include wound care, which is vital for seniors diagnosed with diabetes or other conditions that reduce the skin’s ability to heal. Among many other duties, Heritage Health skilled nursing staff administers seniors’ medication, ensuring loved ones take medication as prescribed.

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Heritage Health Provides Private Therapy Suites

Heritage Health Provides Private Therapy Suites

Looking for an expert in senior therapy care? Put Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities at the top of the list!

 

Boasting the exclusive RESTORE Therapy program, Heritage Health offers personalized senior care from a variety of therapy disciplines. Our certified RESTORE therapists are qualified and equipped to meet seniors’ physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy needs. Whether regaining mobility following joint replacement surgery, strengthening cardiac health after a heart attack or treating swallowing disorders associated with a medical condition, RESTORE Therapy has the expertise to address each senior’s concerns.

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RESTORE Therapy for Seniors

RESTORE Therapy for Seniors

RESTORE Therapy is the exclusive brand of therapy provided by Heritage Health. RESTORE Therapy provides a wide range of therapy services for seniors. Therapy services provided by RESTORE are physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Therapy specialties provided include cardiac rehabilitative therapy, pulmonary therapy, respiratory therapy and neurological therapy.

 

At Heritage Health, RESTORE Therapy provides short-them therapy and long-term therapy. Seniors who need post-surgery rehabilitation (therapy) or post-illness rehabilitation (therapy), should consider RESTORE Therapy. Short-term therapy services allow seniors to stay in luxury accommodations: private suites are available with hotel-like amenities.

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Sharing Gratitude for the Seniors in Your Life

Sharing Gratitude for the Seniors in Your Life

Thank you.

 

A genuine “thank you” goes a long way. When feeling depressed or disgruntled, refocusing our emotional energy and effort to ponder our blessings soon brightens our mood. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude takes practice and can often start with a simple “thank you” for something small. When we choose to give thanks for the little things, we soon realize how blessed we truly are.

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Don’t Fall This Fall! Senior Safety Tips

Don’t Fall This Fall!  Senior Safety Tips

Just because the leaves are falling does not mean you need to! We all lose our footing at times, but falls are particularly more risky for the elderly population. In fact, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) identifies falls as the number one cause of senior injury and accidental death. Some of the higher risk fall injuries include hip damage and head trauma, which can lead to life-threatening complications. Fall injuries sustained by seniors can make formidable obstacles to senior independence, sometimes causing seniors to seek safe living quarters outside of their homes.

For some families, skilled nursing facilities like Heritage Health are just right for their senior loved one post-fall. Heritage takes senior safety very seriously, furnishing living spaces to reduce fall hazards. Heritage Health also has a long history of rehabilitating injured seniors and helping them regain their footing.

 

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Seniors Benefit from Regular Exercise

Seniors Benefit from Regular Exercise

Everyone benefits from exercise, but seniors see compounded results! One of the best ways seniors prevent falls, reduce joint pain and stay independent is to exercise on a regular basis. Best of all, seniors need not worry about the type of exercise they choose—it is all good!

 

Regularity
One of the most important items to note is the term “regular”. What does regular mean as it pertains to exercise? For cardiovascular exercise, seniors should aim for 150 minutes per week, or one half-hour session five times weekly. This could be walking, swimming, dancing, biking or any other activity that spikes the heart rate. Pairing cardiovascular exercise with two strength-building workouts is ideal for senior health. Resistance bands, free weights (dumbbells, kettlebells & barbells) and weight machines are excellent tools for building strength and muscle tone.

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Real Scares: No Tricks about Senior Fears

Real Scares: No Tricks about Senior Fears

The Halloween season traditionally celebrates the spooky and scary. Despite the many delights of the season—cute trick-or-treaters, zany holiday dishes, creepy movies—we recognize there are real frightening facts of life. While it can be fun to experience a little fright here and there, it is important to acknowledge the real fears seniors face as they age. Understanding seniors’ legitimate fears equips families and friends to be there for their loved one. After all, we all want to provide meaningful support to those we love.

 

A chief concern facing older adults is losing independence. Traditionally speaking, U.S. culture values independence, more so than many other cultures. Consequently, U.S. seniors tend to avoid receiving aid from their children or programs, preferring to inconvenience themselves to maintain their own affairs. As long as seniors demonstrate self-reliance, they deflect questions and prevent concerning their children. For many in the elderly population, self-reliance is comfortable, familiar and desirable.

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Senior Metabolic Changes

Senior Metabolic Changes

“It’s the inside that counts.”

 

Aging has certain internal and external ramifications. Older adults view life differently than they did in their youth—often for the better. Externally-speaking, hair turns lighter, skin shows its laugh lines and stature begins to shrink. For some, one side effect of aging hits prior to the senior years: weight gain.

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Short-Term Stay Therapy Trend

Short-Term Stay Therapy Trend

There are certainly advantages to living in an innovation-friendly culture. In the United States’ culture, there is an expectation of constantly “new and improved” products or services. Not only do we enjoy innovation in small things, like cell phones, but we reap the rewards in the healthcare industry.

 

Medically speaking, it would take days to relate all of the clinical advancements recorded in the last 100 years. Between pharmaceutical discoveries, refined surgical procedures, and improved methodology, the medical environment has substantially changed.

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Seniors & Depression: Know the Signs

Seniors & Depression: Know the Signs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates just over 15% of seniors aged 65 and older experience the effects of depression. Age does not predict the onset of depression as not all seniors develop depression; however, depression is more common among seniors who already have other conditions, such as heart disease. Seniors, family members and health care providers alike often attribute the symptoms of depression to aging or to an illness, making it less likely that seniors receive treatment for their depression. Although overlooked, it is possible to alleviate the emotional troubles affecting elderly loved ones.

 

Identifying depression in senior loved ones starts with familiarizing oneself with their routine, noting changes in behavior or proficiency in completing activities of daily living (ADL). Seniors affected by depression may avoid social environments, eat too much or too little, or experience drastic changes in sleep cycles. Internally seniors may feel hopeless, become irritable or restless, have less energy or lose interest in the activities they once enjoyed. Any one of the symptoms above does not mean a senior has depression, nor is it an exhaustive list of depression symptoms. However, learning a few signs of depression equips friends and family members with knowledge to help seniors in their lives.

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Heritage Operations Group is proud to provide the senior population in Illinois with rehabilitative therapy services, skilled nursing care, specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and supportive living, independent living and pharmacy services.

 

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