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Enjoy the holidays!

Enjoy the holidays!

The holiday season often loses its sparkle and magic when we spend so much of our time running around trying to find, wrap and deliver the perfect holiday present. Maybe your area of stress comes from planning a large meal or decorating your home. For many of us, by the time the big day arrives, we are often so tired from these efforts that the celebration falls flat. Many seniors living in nursing communities no longer have loved ones who are able to visit them over the holidays. Instead of spending your time at the mall or sitting in traffic, make an effort to visit a senior community and spend time with the residents. Check in with elderly neighbors and wish them happy holiday season. Deliver some cookies or invite them for a holiday meal. A few minutes of your time will make a world of difference to them, and you will find that you, too, will feel more fulfilled.

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How do I know if my parents need help?

How do I know if my parents need help?

As people age, their needs and abilities change. Your parents may have trouble getting around the house or difficulty driving. They
may not remember things as easily as they once did. While it is an emotional and difficult decision to begin the process of moving a loved one into a skilled nursing facility, you should start with a simple assessment:

 

1.) Have they been diagnosed with a chronic disease that is affecting their ability to care for themselves?

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Take time this holiday season for what really matters

Take time this holiday season for what really matters

All of us are thankful and blessed to be around our loved ones for the holidays. You may know someone who isn't as fortunate and is alone during this special time of year, particularly the elderly. Make an effort to visit with your elderly neighbors or seek out your local nursing home. Bring them a dinner dish or better yet, invite them over to join in with your family. The time you spend with the elderly will not only bring joy to their lives, but to yours as well. You can make a difference in the happiness of an individual. Simply take the time this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

In addition to Veteran's Day, did you know that November is also Military Family Month? By thanking the family, you thank the Veteran. Click here for 100 other ways to thank a Veteran.

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Don't forget!

Don't forget!

Don't forget to remind your loved ones that today Daylight Savings Time ends. The clock falls back one hour (gaining one hour of sleep). To remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind this saying: "spring ahead, fall behind."

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween to all of our residents and the resident's family members! If your little ghost or goblin needs a fun and safe place to Trick or Treat tonight, consider visiting your local Heritage Health, Evergreen Place or one of our managed facilities. Check out our website to find a location near you! Our residents love seeing all the kiddos dressed up in their finest Halloween costumes. Be safe and enjoy the witching hour! (Evil laugh inserted.)

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Managing Multiple Medications

Managing Multiple Medications

What is polypharmacy?
Polypharmacy simply means "many drugs." It generally refers to problems that can occur when patients take a large number of medications. It is of particular concern for the elderly, since they make up about 13 percent of the population but account for using around 30 percent of all prescription drugs. The elderly often experience multiple disease states which require multiple medications, increasing the chances for adverse reactions, drug interactions and self-medication errors. Additionally, more medication side effects can result in even more polypharmacy, since many medications are given to mitigate the side effects of other medications. If you, a parent, or another loved one is taking multiple medications, it is important to be aware of polypharmacy issues.


Several simple steps can be taken to reduce the chances of having problems from polypharmacy. Effective communication with your pharmacist and physician is the first step. Learn as much as you can about each medication you take, both over-the-counter as well as prescription drugs. Know what they are prescribed for and what possible side effects you may experience. In general, avoid combination products by asking your pharmacist to help you find a product just for the symptoms you are experiencing, not for every possible symptom.

 

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Boss's Day!

Boss's Day!

October 16th is National Boss' Day, so take a moment to say thank you to your boss or supervisor. Created in 1958 and officially proclaimed in 1962 by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, the purpose of this holiday was to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of those in supervisory roles.

 

Today it is celebrated internationally with small tokens of appreciation amongst employees. If you have someone you admire in the workplace, or wish to acknowledge their efforts, we encourage you to extend your gratitude and let that person know you appreciate them.

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October is Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month

In the month of October, we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month. This recognition is an opportunity to learn more about the work provided to the patients and residents in our communities by our dedicated physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Physical Therapy is one of the components of our RESTORE Therapy program. Therapists provide rehabilitative therapy after an illness or injury, assisting patients with balance, gait training, strength and endurance. Some of the specialty diagnoses treated with physical therapy include orthopedics, complex neurological cases, cardiac and pulmonary therapy, and specialized therapy for residents with Alzheimer's or dementia.

 

Learn more about RESTORE and the physical therapy programs we provide at: www.HeritageOfCare.com/restore.

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VIP Open House for Heritage Enterprises' newest facility, Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts!

VIP Open House for Heritage Enterprises' newest facility, Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts!

Today is the VIP Open House for Heritage Enterprises' newest facility, Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts: A Wellness Community, in Indianapolis, IN. Evergreen Crossing officially opens to the public October 1st, 2014.


Our wellness community will provide short-term rehabilitative therapy services as well as skilled nursing care for short- or long-term needs, focusing on transitional care. On the second floor of our wellness community will be The Lofts. These 30 apartments will provide an assisted living lifestyle for residents who may need some assistance but can still live independently.
The first floor of our community is dedicated to transitional care.

 

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Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

Every 18 seconds an adult 65+ ends up in the emergency room as a result of a fall. Are you or someone you love at risk of falling? Assess your risk factors: Do you have impaired vision or hearing? Do you have muscle weakness? Do you have balance problems? Make sure you talk to your doctor about falls so you can determine the cause of your fall. Next, look at your home or living environment. Home is where most falls occur. You can schedule a professional home safety assessment or you can look at the following things in your home:


• Hallways (make sure they are clear and well-lit)
• Floors (remove area or throw rugs that may cause a tripping hazard)
• Bathroom (install handrails, grab bars and non-slip strips in the shower or tub)

 

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Grandparent's Day: Facebook Contest!

Grandparent's Day: Facebook Contest!

In honor of Grandparent's Day, we are having a contest through our Facebook page. Participate by submitting a photo of yourself and your grandparent through the comment bar of the contest post, "LIKE" and "SHARE" the post and you'll be eligible to win $100 Visa gift card! The winner will be announced Wednesday, September 10th at Noon. Good luck and to all the grandparents out there, enjoy your day!

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is typically thought of as the time to celebrate the end of summer and usually includes a weekend spent enjoying the company of family and friends. Simply because a person is elderly, does not mean they should spend Labor Day sitting at home lonely. Inviting an elderly person to picnic with you, watch a parade or go for a scenic ride may put a smile on their face.

 

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Caregiving

Caregiving

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving, nearly 30% of all U.S. households now provide care to an elderly family member, friend or loved one. That's about 44 million Americans providing 37 billion hours of unpaid, "informal" care each year.

 

As a caregiver, it is important for you to find a balance between giving that care and taking care of your own health. For information on caregiving, contact Children of Aging Parents (CAPS).

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RESTORE Therapy Services at Heritage Health in Bloomington, IL.

RESTORE Therapy Services at Heritage Health in Bloomington, IL.

Short-term therapy patients choose RESTORE Therapy Services at Heritage Health in Bloomington. After an orthopedic procedure such as hip surgery or knee surgery, patients found the therapists at Heritage Health to be caring, motivational and professional. This greatly improves the recovery process as each rehab patient works towards the goal of returning home.


The RESTORE Therapy Gym has equipment that no other rehab center in the Bloomington-Normal area offers. There is a great testimonial on the Heritageofcare.com website called: Helen's Success Story. The video shows Helen's rehabilitation process using the Biodex Unweighing System and Gait Trainer. It helped her confidence and ability to be able to walk again on her own after a stroke and return home safely.

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Heritage Glossary

Heritage Glossary: Medicare is a federal program that pays for certain health care expenses for people aged 65 or older. Medicare is divided into four parts. Part A covers hospital bills, Part B covers doctor bills, Part C provides the option to choose from a package of health care plans, and Part D offers prescription drug coverage. https://mymedicare.gov/

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Happy to Oblige!

Happy to Oblige!

Heritage is Happy to Oblige: “If you have only one smile in you give, it to the people you love.”- Maya Angelou.

 

Smiles are contagious, pass one on! Learn more about Heritage’s customer service program, Happy to Oblige at: http://ow.ly/wSSLv 

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We Love Our Nurses!

We love our nurses because they care so much about making your loved ones comfortable, hopeful and happy. That's why we couldn't agree more with Johnson & Johnson's commercial... click the link to see what means most to us http://ow.ly/gFI1N.

 

If you are interested in becoming a nurse with Heritage Enterprises please visit http://ow.ly/gFIku.

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Summer Safety

During the summer months, in case of an emergency, if the power goes out and you depend on life saving equipment or if you need an air conditioned cool area trust a Heritage Health near you that offers Senior Safe Havens. Visit our locations page to find a home near you that offers this service.

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Celebrate your independence by touring our Assisted and Supportive Living facilities, today! We aren’t just nursing homes anymore… Do you know the difference between Assisted Living, Supportive Living and Skilled Nursing? Click to learn more. Also, visit www.EvergreenSLC.com.

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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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