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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 and
    friends possible.
  • Handrails in hallways, grab bars in bathrooms and other features aimed at
    accident 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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Help your parents manage their finance.

Help your parents manage their finance.

As the population gets older, more people like the baby boomers, are confronting a dilemma. As parents age their ability to manage their own money may decline. And yet many seniors may be reluctant to accept advice from their children or even discuss living expenses, health care plans, investments, estate planning, etc. Don't postpone this conversation as it may lead to an increase in problems down the road. When should you offer help? Here are some signs that a parent may need your guidance:

 

- Confusion about incoming bills

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Valentine’s Day is a great time to be kissing, which benefits your health & mood!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to be kissing, which benefits your health & mood!

Happy Valentine's Day Eve!

We know kissing as the appropriate ending to a date and a means of connecting with our main squeeze. The collision of lips we often take for granted has a whole lot more bubbling under the surface than what meets the eye.


1. Kissing boosts immunity. A recent study reported in the journal Medical Hypotheses says kissing may increase a woman's immunity from Cytomegalovirus. Cytomegalovirus, contracted through mouth to mouth contact, can cause infant blindness and other birth defects if the mother is a carrier during pregnancy. Otherwise, the bug is relatively harmless in adults. Kissing has long been thought to be a way to pass along bugs and thus strengthen the body's defenses.


2. Kissing helps you pick the best mate. Anthropologist Helen Fisher describes kissing as a "mate assessment tool." Much of the cortex is devoted to picking up sensations from around the lips, cheeks, tongue and nose. Out of 12 cranial nerves, five of them are picking up the data from around the mouth. It is built to pick up the most sensitive feelings—the most intricate tastes and smells and touch and temperature. And when you're kissing somebody, you can really hear them and see them and feel them. So kissing is not just kissing. It is a profound advertisement of who you are, what you want and what you can give.

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How to plan for certain discussions with your senior parents.

How to plan for certain discussions with your senior parents.

Even if your parents are healthy and perfectly capable of living independently, it's smart to discuss what needs might be in their future. Do not wait for an accident to happen that will lead you to make a snap decision about your parent's health decisions or living situations. Follow these suggestions for families as they begin to discuss senior care decisions:


- Educate yourself about the various senior living options. There is a wide variety of choices from independently living to full-time skilled nursing. Go with your parents and tour different facilities to choose which living environment is the best fit for them. Have fun while touring and make it a positive experience.


- Make a list of topics that need to be discussed like finances, insurance and what plans your parents have in place. They may welcome your input or they may not. It is helpful to know if they've been considering moving on their own or if they are resistant to any changes and like where they live now.

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Medicare and Managed Care

Medicare and Managed Care
  • Managed care plans are operated by private insurance companies.
  • Medicare services are covered through the plan and are not paid for under original Medicare.
  • Like Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), Advantage Plans require you to use the doctors, hospitals, and other providers who participate in the plans' networks.
  •  In addition to all Part A and Part B benefits, plans typically offer extra coverage such as vision, hearing, dental and/or wellness programs.
  •  Plans can charge different co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles, so review any plan carefully before joining.
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Medicare Parts A, B & D Summary

Medicare Parts A, B & D Summary
  • Medicare is a two–part program underwritten by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provides basic hospital and medical
    coverage for people age 65 and over. It also serves those under 65 with certain disabilities. However, it's important to note that Medicare is not entirely
    free and you must meet certain eligibility requirements.
  • Medicare Part A provides hospital coverage, as long as you have worked at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment. It is yours free of charge.
  • If you qualify for Medicare and have a non–working spouse, he or she can also get Medicare Parts A and B at age 65.
  • Medicare Part B helps cover medical and doctors' bills, as well as fees for necessary medical equipment and supplies.
  • Importantly, Part B is considered elective coverage and requires that you pay a monthly fee.
  • Since private insurance companies administer the Medicare Part D program, costs and coverage will vary by company, plan and state of residence.
  • Medicare Part D is available to all Medicare beneficiaries and allows most people to purchase prescription drugs with reduced or no premiums and deductibles, and with lower co-payments.
  • Any premiums you do pay for Medicare Part D are in addition to those for Part A and/or Part B.
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Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

When most people think of Speech Therapy they often think of a child learning to speak clearly. While this is the role of the speech therapist in the school system, a speech/language pathologist in the medical setting addresses a totally different set of disorders. Difficulties with swallowing, speech and language, cognition, and/or voice resulting from multiple medical conditions are all addressed by our speech therapists.

 

Speech therapy at Heritage is provided to patients with a wide variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, the following: stroke, neurologic dysfunction, neurogenic disorders (like Parkinson's disease), head, neck and lung cancer, spinal cord injury, Bell's Palsy, pneumonia, debilitation, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and geriatric related Alzheimer's/Dementia conditions. The speech pathologist at Heritage works closely with the physical and occupational therapists, nursing staff, dietitian, and your physician to customize an intervention to help you reach your swallow and communication goals.

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Today’s Rehab Demands

Today’s Rehab Demands

Short-term therapy patients today have one goal: to get therapy that works and then go home as soon and as independent as possible. They depend on the expertise of their therapist to accomplish their rehab goal. Testimonials from those who have chosen RESTORE Therapy can be found here: Video testimonials from RESTORE Therapy patients

 

Also, at most locations, patients can enjoy the privacy of their own room that is located in a dedicated short-term therapy wing. RESTORE Therapy patients often have the option of a private room during their stay so they can concentrate on their recovery. Whether the patient is in need of therapy after an unexpected fall or accident or post-surgery for a hip or knee replacement, RESTORE therapy services offer what short-term therapy patients want today: effective therapy, privacy during their stay and a quick return home.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

-From your friends at Heritage Health, Evergreen Senior Living and all of our managed facilities!

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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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