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Senior Heart Health

Senior Heart Health

Heart health has gained much attention in recent years, and for good reason. The heart is one of the most important organs the body, circulating roughly 6 liters of blood throughout the entire body, fueling both work and play. Not only is the heart an organ, but it is a muscle. Rhythmically pumping oxygenated blood out to the body and pulling deoxygenated blood back from body, the heart plays a vital role in replenishing the blood’s oxygen and nutrients. The heart also houses an electrical current that times the pulse, making sure the processes within the heart fire at the right moment. The whole process is rather amazing.

 

Unfortunately, not all hearts work as they should, especially in the senior population. There are numerous conditions compromising the heart’s efficiency, such as coronary artery disease (CAD) that can lead to chest pain, irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, and other life-threatening conditions. Seniors in particular are prone to conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which elevate seniors’ risk of heart disease. Some statistics suggest heart disease is life-threatening to 84% of seniors over age 65. Although some seniors may not have experienced symptoms of heart disease growing up, the long-term effects of lifestyle choices have a large impact in late life.

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Communication is Key!

Communication is Key!

We have all heard the saying, “Communication is key!” Most people believe they “know” how to communicate well and it is the other person’s fault when there is a misunderstanding. Experience tells us otherwise. Good communication is not as common sense as we might assume. Although no one can consistently deliver flawless, effective communication, we should always aim to improve our end of social interactions.

 

Happy to ObligeTo Heritage, professional communication is vital to delivering excellent senior care and forms the cornerstone of our “Happy to Oblige” organizational culture. Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities endeavor to use clear, empathetic communication with our seniors, their family members and fellow staff. In the Heritage family, we believe you or your aging loved one should receive compassionate, straightforward communication wherever you are, whether exercising with a certified therapist in the RESTORE therapy room or dialoguing with a housekeeping staff member.

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Who Should I Trust for Long-Term Care Decisions?

Who Should I Trust for Long-Term Care Decisions?

Making long-term care plans does not have to be a scary process. Whether planning for yourself or for your loved one, it is important to determine who your allies are. When it comes to senior care, Heritage has the answers to your queries! With over 50 years of experience caring for seniors and their family members, Heritage makes a point of anticipating seniors’ needs and offering solutions. The mission of each facility in the Heritage family is to address senior care with empathy and professionalism, making Heritage a leader in the long-term care industry.

 

Providing around-the-clock clinical care, you can rest assured that your loved one is in safe hands at Heritage. It is our sincere pleasure to meet the health care needs of aging individuals. Heritage Health excels in therapy care, making Heritage a top consideration for seniors in need of certified occupational, physical or speech therapy following a medical event.

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Happy Independence Day! Promoting Senior Independence

Happy Independence Day!  Promoting Senior Independence

Independence is a highly-regarded value in the United States. At a personal level, independence stirs our pride and fuels the confidence in our step. Collectively, we tend to feel independence is something to be protected. Our cultural attitudes about independence shape our views about aging.

The elderly wrestle for independence as they recognize the limitations of their bodies. Even sweet, mild-mannered individuals can become agitated and quick-tempered during this process. Rather than give in to tension and frustration with one another, turn to Heritage! Heritage has been caring for seniors since 1962. We value senior independence and offer guidance in senior care, from independent living to skilled nursing services.

 

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Deciphering Health Care Acronyms: Terms you should know

Deciphering Health Care Acronyms: Terms you should know

Ever get lost in a sea of acronyms? Have you ever had a jargon-filled conversation with someone that just left you scratching your head? Every specialty has its share of jargon and acronyms. Most of the time we can laugh about these misunderstandings, but health care is not an area to be confused. When it comes time to end-of-life decisions or deciding whether a to place a family member in a skilled nursing environment, you need to be armed with information.

 

Heritage understands the importance of clear communication when it comes to senior care. Part of our heritage of care includes walking families through the difficult "legalese" and terminology seniors and families members alike stumble over. Some acronyms you should know include: POA (Power of Attorney), DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate) & POLST (Practitioner's Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment).

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

As the summer heat turns up we are afforded yet another opportunity to honor someone special in our lives: our fathers! Many of us have great memories with our fathers. Dad was the first man to meet our needs physically and emotionally. He taught us how to tie our shoes, encouraged us to eat our broccoli and demonstrated the meaning of strength. As you grow up and watch your father age, you may begin to see some changes. The man who cared for you so well now turns to you for special care to meet his unique needs.

Heritage Health has much to offer your dad in his advanced years. One feature our Heritage homes boast is the RESTORE therapy program. Whether your dad needs help retraining his gait, strength to recover from surgery, or coaching to overcoming issues with swallowing, our RESTORE therapists work very hard to get your father back on his feet and independent at home. Our skilled nursing facilities can meet your father's needs for Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy in an environment tailored to our residents.

Does your father need more than a temporary therapy stay? Heritage can help. Heritage Health provides skilled nursing care for seniors. Our nursing staff is specifically trained to care for seniors in a warm, welcoming environment. Not only do Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities meet clinical needs, but our Activities department plans a wide array of social events to keep your father engaged and connected. Heritage is centered on making your father's end of life experience a positive, fulfilling one.

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More than Skilled Nursing Care

More than Skilled Nursing Care

Heritage is more than a nursing home. Heritage Health has been a leader in long-term care since 1962. Our experience with seniors and their family members has shown us the value of providing a continuum of care to families in our community. Each family must decide when is the right time to provide or enhance care for their aging loved one. Many caregivers provide wonderful, heartfelt care to seniors in their lives, keeping their loved one in the comforts of home for as long as possible. Heritage understands how taxing being a caregiver is and provides an array of services to meet senior caregiver needs.

One service Heritage provides to support caregivers is respite care. Respite care simply means Heritage cares for your loved one for a short period of time. During this time, the caregiver can take a break, recharge or take care of some personal items long-ignored. While a caregiver may not be ready to pursue around-the-clock senior services just yet, Heritage provides a safe, qualified place to take a loved one so that the caregiver can get some well-deserved time off.

Another service beneficial to caregivers is short-term rehabilitation. Perhaps your parent or grandparent is still largely independent, but requires therapy following a joint replacement procedure. Heritage provides short-term rehabilitation stay through our exclusive RESTORE to Home therapy program. Our certified therapists meet the physical, occupational and speech therapy needs of seniors so loved ones can recover from surgery with confidence. The therapists serving in the RESTORE therapy program are specifically trained to meet the unique needs of the aging population—and get them back on their feet!

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Nutrition for Seniors.

Nutrition for Seniors.

As the body changes over time, our diets must change also. We know we should not keep eating like we did in high school, but sometimes it is hard to stay on track. Seniors can experience added challenges to eating well. Just a few of the nutritional challenges facing seniors include:

• Physical impairment from weakness or instability• Forgetfulness• Loss of interest in food due to depression or loss of a loved one• Overall health deterioration• Digestive challenges• Dental complications or pain• Food interactions with medicine

When it comes to senior nutrition, our registered dieticians know the answers! At Heritage, our registered dieticians and dietary aides take senior nutrition seriously. Part of the specialized care seniors receive at Heritage skilled nursing facilities is a visit from the Dietary Manager. Each resident receives a personalized diet plan—low-sodium, pureed, low-glycemic, etc.—to best support the care plan determined by the nursing staff, resident and resident family members.

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Happy Memorial Day! Memorializing a Loved One

Happy Memorial Day! Memorializing a Loved One

Many, if not all of us know someone in active military duty, or who is now a Veteran. Memorial Day is the perfect time to reflect on the tremendous acts of bravery and service performed by our military personnel for the sake of our country. Their sacrifice and valor preserves the liberties we celebrate in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Heritage Health is honored to serve our military veterans!

 

Origin of Memorial Day

The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs recognizes May 30, 1868 as the first large Memorial Day observance, held at the Arlington National Cemetery. Children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home decorated graves with flowers while singing hymns. Smaller, local commemoration events for service personnel precede the 1868 ceremony; however, May 30, 1868 was a large event held to memorialize soldiers from both Union and Confederate forces, together. As spring and summer bear bright blossoms and luscious greenery, remember the sea of flowers covering the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington.

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Remember When? Help for Alzheimer’s Patients

Remember When? Help for Alzheimer’s Patients

We all have moments of forgetfulness or struggle to remember the right word. These moments can be rather frustrating or embarrassing at times. As family members and friends age, we sometimes begin to notice these moments happen more frequently, causing disruption to their lives. We see them struggle to care for themselves or complete everyday tasks without someone else to guide them. At what point should you start to look for help for your loved one?

 

Heritage is here to help. We understand the needs of seniors affected by memory loss require a specialized set of skills. That is why several locations in the Heritage family offer Legacy Care, a unique care system designed specifically for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Legacy Care boasts a full range of qualified professionals who care for seniors while encouraging an independent lifestyle. Our staff is responsive to residents’ needs, providing a welcome and constructive environment for your loved one.

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Still Growing

Still Growing

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Harriet Ann Jacobs

 

Spring traditionally symbolizes the promise of new life, growth and vitality. Many enjoy watching wildlife return to their bustling habits, fresh shoots of green emerging from the ground and colorful buds populating tree branches. Not only does nature seem to awaken, but also the people living in it. Home improvement projects launch, runners begin spring training, families start mini outdoor expeditions. Everything seems filled with the excitement to grow!

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Seniors & Staying Active

Seniors & Staying Active

For those entering later stages of life, strength, flexibility and balance are synonymous with independence. Simply put, the more active you are, the more confidently you can lead an independent, fulfilling life. Fortunately, there are many enjoyable options for developing an active lifestyle in senior years.

 

Keep Doing What You Enjoy

Picking an activity you enjoy is an important part of building an active and healthy lifestyle. Although the body changes over time, your taste in activities does not have to change. Many fitness class instructors are familiar with modified exercise moves that allow seniors to take part at a satisfying level. Before bowing out of an activity, check to see what alternative arrangements can be made to accommodate your level of flexibility, strength and endurance.

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What is a Wellness Community?

What is a Wellness Community?

As healthcare providers strive to navigate the changing environment of healthcare today, we are proud to say that we are in step with modern healthcare models and the delivery of care that is currently in demand.

 

We opened our first Wellness Community in October of 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Heritage Enterprises then began offering the next generation of healthcare services for the mature adult on the campus of our Wellness Community called, Evergreen Crossing and the Lofts.

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Support National Voluneer Week!

Support National Voluneer Week!

Here at Heritage Enterprises, we know how important volunteers are to our residents and the resident's family members. That is why we want to make sure to thank all volunteers by supporting National Volunteer Week, April 12-18! This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

 

National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

We hope today you spend Easter with the ones you love most, but if you have extra room in your heart... don't forget to visit those in who live in a skilled nursing facility. To find a nursing home near you, visit our locations map by clicking here. We have over 50 facilities throughout Illinois and Indiana.

 

Happy Easter everyone! -From our family to yours

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Follow Our Stars!

Follow Our Stars!

The Five Star Quality Rating System (provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services [CMS]) helps consumers compare nursing homes more easily, giving each home a 1 to 5 star score. This score comes from individual ratings in three different area of facility performance: health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Learn which of our facilites are rated five-stars at: www.FollowOurStars.com

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a senior!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a senior!

St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated since the 17th century, in honor of Ireland's most recognized saint. The shamrock, a long-standing symbol of this holiday, is said to have been used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The green color today associated with March 17th began with the "green harp flag" used by the Irish Catholic Confederation as early as the 1640s. However, the Order of St. Patrick was founded in 1783 and adopted blue as its color, causing blue to be the shade affiliated with this holiday. Blue's tenure as the official color of St. Patrick's Day was short-lived. By 1790 an organization was formed that launched a rebellion against the British ruling class. Green was their color of choice; that choice trickled down to represent many things Irish, including St. Patrick's Day.

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Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s Care

It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans currently suffer from the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. It is a slow disease that progresses in three stages, and it is thought that damage to the brain occurs a decade or more before symptoms become evident. Dementia, which is the final stage of Alzheimer's disease, is the loss of cognitive functioning and behavioral abilities. Heritage Health employs specially-trained caregivers to provide care to seniors with this diagnosis. Our Legacy Care unit, located within our Normal facility, is a secured environment designed specifically to treat residents with Alzheimer's disease. You can learn more about our services for Alzheimer's by visiting our www.HeritageOfCare.com

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March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

Food and nutrition are important to everyone. It is a universally-shared experience that we gather in kitchens and dining rooms for fellowship and to nourish our bodies. Our facilities provide special dietary programs that address the nutritional needs of our residents, including those on cardiac, renal, mechanical or even half-portion diets. Having the choice to enjoy meals in a comfortable setting with the company of friends is another important element of the dining experience. We offer both restaurant-style dining, or buffet meals, as well as private in-room dining for some residents.

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What Does Every Good Skilled Nursing Facility Have?

What Does Every Good Skilled Nursing Facility Have?

Look for the following when choosing a nursing home:

A current operating license from the state. An administrator who has an up-to-date state license. Certification for Medicare and Medicaid if these programs are important to you now or in the future.A location that suits the resident and makes regular visits by family andfriends possible.Handrails in hallways, grab bars in bathrooms and other features aimed ataccident prevention.Clearly marked exits and unobstructed paths to these exits.All nursing homes must comply with state and/or federal fire safety codes.Bedrooms that open onto a corridor and have windows, as required by law.A physician who is available for emergencies.No heavy odors, whether pleasant or offensive.A good home will not use highly scented sprays to mask odors.Hallways wide enough to permit two wheelchairs to pass with ease and wheelchair ramps for easy access into and out of the home.Kitchens that separate food preparation, garbage, and dishwashing areas and keep perishable foods refrigerated.Toilet facilities designed to accommodate wheelchair residents.An attractive resident dining room with tables convenient for wheelchairs and food that looks appetizing.Notice, too, whether residents who need help are receiving it.Residents who look clean and are dressed appropriately for a full day of activity and social interaction.A policy that encourages residents to go outside.Even city homes should have a lawn or garden area for residents to get fresh air.Commitment to a philosophy of care in which physical and chemical restraints are used minimally or not at all.An activity room or designated space for residents who are able to be involved in reading, crafts and social activities.A friendly and available staff who appear pleasant, caring and accommodating to residents and visitors.A volunteer program.An active resident council or some type of resident participation program that enables residents to recommend changes within the home.A residents' bill of rights or a stated policy that identifies and respects residents' individual rights.
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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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