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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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Perspective and Aging: How to Make Your Senior Years Better

Perspective and Aging:  How to Make Your Senior Years Better

“Beauty lies the eyes of the beholder.” – Plato

 

Beauty lying in the eyes of the beholder certainly resonates with personal experience. No matter how much a culture progresses, each generation seems to laugh at the style ahead and behind it. What seniors deem beautiful or attractive the younger generation may find laughable, and vice versa.

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We Work Where You Live: Making a Home at Heritage

We Work Where You Live: Making a Home at Heritage

Have you ever felt uncomfortable visiting someone, feeling more like nuisance in their home than a welcome presence? That person probably did not mean to put you off, but you certainly did not feel “at home”. Skilled nursing facilities have long had a similar unwelcoming reputation. Many say they feel like they are in an institution or feel uncomfortable walking through a traditional nursing home. It is easy to see why families feel guilty leaving their loved one in a stiff, depressing environment like that. It is anything but “home”.

 

Fortunately, Heritage Health offers seniors an alternative to the nursing home stigma. Lengthy experience in long-term care informs Heritage Health’s approach to senior care. We fully believe seniors should feel at home at any Heritage facility. After all, residents do not live where we work. We work where they live!

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What Makes the Heritage Difference? See for Yourself!

What Makes the Heritage Difference?  See for Yourself!

We live in a time barraged by outrageous claims. How many times have we heard an infomercial on the pill that can turn full-figured individuals into supermodels, without dieting or exercising? Or how about “the” car that unleashes the wanderlust and adventure long buried deep within? While some advertising techniques may be charming or catchy, they can make us skeptical as to whether these promoters can truly deliver on their claims.

 

Although it is important to promote products or services, Heritage Health understands your needs are different. When it comes to entrusting your senior health care needs to someone else, you demand more than clever advertising and catch-phrases. Heritage agrees.

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Communication Across Generations

Communication Across Generations

With the number of communication tools at our disposal, why is it still so hard to communicate sometimes? Despite its challenges, it is not too late to develop your communication skills, especially as it relates to your aging loved one. Although some may feel aversely toward interacting with different generations, Heritage Health finds serving seniors to be a very positive, rewarding experience.

 

No doubt many of us have run into misunderstandings or awkward moments. In general, misunderstandings and conflict often arise from a difference of communication style or preference. A few factors influencing communication style include:

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Partners in Senior Care: Choosing the Best Long-Term Care Pharmacy

Partners in Senior Care: Choosing the Best Long-Term Care Pharmacy

We have all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Although maintaining a sensible diet and healthy lifestyle reduce our chances of developing certain conditions, our bodies still need a little extra support sometimes.

 

It is truly amazing what a difference medicine can make to our quality of life. As we age, the number of medications we take tends to increase. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, seniors account for 40% of prescription medication consumption despite representing 13% of the population. This is likely due to fact that seniors between the ages of 65 and 84 take an average of 16 prescribed medications per year. Considering the number of prescriptions seniors may take—all with their own set of warnings and side effects—it is important to use a trustworthy pharmacy.

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Joint Health

Joint Health

Heritage Health often cares for seniors affected by joint pain arising from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. While the causes of painful joint conditions vary, seniors have options for coping with the symptoms. Heritage Health helps seniors reduce the effects of joint pain in late life. Below are some suggestions for seniors to manage joint pain, or stave it off before it disrupts their daily life.

 

One way seniors prevent and treat joint pain is regular exercise. Although moving around is the last thing seniors experiencing joint pain prefer to do, pushing through the initial pain bears great reward. Seniors who maintain a steady exercise program enjoy a decrease in pain and increase in range of motion. Walking is a great inflammation-reducing, bone-building exercise at every life stage, but it is especially helpful to seniors. Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities organize plenty of exercise- and movement-based activities to alleviate senior joint pain and stiffness. Heritage supports active senior living!

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Wound Care

Wound Care

When it comes to senior health care, wound care is an area of particular concern. At Heritage Health, our skilled nursing staff understands the connection between wound care and the natural degeneration of the skin. The skin tends to grow thin and less resilient with age, slowing the healing process. The poor healing ability of seniors’ skin causes the elderly to be predisposed to developing and sustaining wounds for longer periods of time. With chronic wounds come the increased risk of infection, and other complications. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, can compromise the success of seniors’ wound care too.

 

Effective wound treatment takes frequent nursing care. Fortunately, Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities provide around-the-clock care to seniors. Our skilled nursing staff completes regular trainings to ensure our nurses provide appropriate wound care to all residents. Heritage’s Field Nurse Supervisors provide another quality control measure to ensure seniors heal from their wounds. Our Field Nurse Supervisors are extremely qualified and look forward to educating nurses and families alike.

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Find Your Balance in Senior Life

Find Your Balance in Senior Life

How good is your balance? As children we may have enjoyed balance challenges or competitions to see who could stand on one leg the longest. We chuckled as we watched our friends wiggle about, often taking a comedic tumble. What was fun and games in our youth turns more serious as age reduces our resilience to falls.

 

Age dictates the seriousness of falls; the older we get the more painful they are and the more likely falls will result in injury. Seniors are the most at-risk population for falls. Some statistics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize seniors’ level of risk. The CDC reports falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors. About one-third of seniors over age 65 experiences a fall, with sharply increasing fall rates past age 75. This leads to the 2.5 million fall-related injuries and 25,500 senior deaths in 2013. From an expense standpoint, medical costs directly caused by falls totaled $34 billion. It is essential that seniors recognize their risk of falls, modify fall hazards and work to strengthen their balance.

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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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