Moving To A Senior Living Community, VA North Fort Myers

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Once seniors reach a certain age, they must decide whether they would like to age at home or if they would like to move to a senior living community. Each choice has its own set of benefits. Before seniors decide to move into a nursing home, Visiting Angels North Fort Myers brings up some important information that seniors should be aware of. 

There are a couple of things that seniors should check out before moving into a senior living community. For one, does the nursing home offer the needed care? If a senior has a specific medical condition, or if they need specific care in general, they need to make sure that the senior living community offers the needed service. If the nursing home does not offer the needed care, that nursing home is not in the senior’s best interests. 

Visiting Angels North Fort Myers also brings up how seniors should take a look at the lifestyle that they would live in the nursing home that they are interested in. Would they be happy living the advertised lifestyle? Does the nursing home offer things that they would enjoy? 

For more information, you may visit what to consider before moving to a senior living community

Dependable Nursing Care

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Deciding to place your elderly loved one in someone else’s care can be a difficult decision to make. Most of the time, people research the nursing homes they are looking into before admitting their loved one into a home. Elmhurst Extended Care Center offers a variety of great services for their residents, including skilled nursing care. 

What are you looking for in a nursing home? Not all nursing homes offer the same services to their residents. EECC offers physical rehabilitation, memory care, and skilled nursing care for its residents. When it comes to their nursing care, EECC relies on their dependable full-time therapist, dietitian, and social worker. The group of nurses provide personalized plans for their residents. The plans include diabetic monitoring, respite care, hospice, restorative care, and more. The dementia and memory care units are also certified, so feel free to rely on EECC’s skilled nurses to help you and your loved one. 

To read more about EECC’s nursing services feel free to visit its Skilled Nursing Care page. 

EECC Talks About Cardiac Rehabilitation Care

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No matter your age, your health is important. You should take care of body organs like your heart and brain. Even those who are recovering from a cardiovascular disease can still make the effort to work towards a healthier lifestyle. Elmhurst Extended Care Center brings up 4 things that you can focus on while going through cardiac rehabilitation care. 

A healthy lifestyle is made up of various things. One aspect of healthy living is exercising. Those going through cardiac rehabilitation should meet with their doctors to discuss a fitness plan. The exercises do not have to be extremely demanding or difficult. Your doctor could recommend some resentence or aerobic exercises. As long as you are moving and your heart is pumping, your training will make a difference. 

Other than training, EECC also recommends focusing on your daily life choices. There are small substitutions that you can make in your day to day life that can make a difference. For instance, instead of taking the elevator, try going up and down the stairs. The choices also apply to your diet. If your craving something sweet, go for an apple instead of candy. Every choice you make can make a difference, big or small. 

For more information, you may visit Cardiac Rehabilitation Care: What to Focus on During Your Recovery

What is COPD?

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Every part in the body has an import role. The lungs are one of the most noticed organs. When the lungs are suffering from some sort of illness or disease, a person’s breaths can change drastically. Elmhurst Extended Care Center talks about what COPD is and how you can avoid it. 

COPD is a common disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease targets the lungs and makes it harder for people to breath. COPD can be divided into two categories. The first category is chronic bronchitis COPD; it is the result of a patient’s bronchial tubes becoming inflamed. When the bronchial tubes are inflamed, it leads to more mucus being produced. Then, because of the mucus, patients end up coughing a lot and mucus is mixed in with those coughs. The second category is referred to as emphysema. Emphysema is diagnosed when lungs have sustained damage over a long period of time. People who suffer with emphysema have trouble breathing and wheeze a lot.  

To prevent COPD, EECC has 3 recommendations. One of the most important things to watch out for is sicknesses like the flu and cold. Make sure that you are taking care of your body, especially when you are recovering from an illness.  

To read the other 2 recommendations, visit How to Avoid COPD

Holiday Activities For Your Elderly Loved One And You

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It might seem like participating in outdoor activities is the only way to have fun during the holidays, but that as not true. There are plenty of activities that you and your loved one can do together inside. Elmhurst Extended Care Center recommends 6 great activities so you and your elderly loved one can have fun together indoors this holiday season.  

Have you ever considered how fun a simple movie night can be? Well EECC says that sitting in a warm home while watching a good movie is a great way to have some fun. All you must do agree on a movie, get your loved one and yourself into comfortable sitting positions and watch the movie. You can make this more personal by asking your aging loved one what their favorite movie is and watching it together. Plus, if you two get hungry during the movie, you can get some snacks from the kitchen.  

If you are wondering what else you can do, EECC also says that picking out presents with your loved one is a fun activity. Your aging loved one might not be able to move around a lot and it might be too cold outside, so use technology and bring the experience of shopping to your elderly loved one. Look through websites and choose some gifts for other members of the family. There are a variety of ways to have fun inside. 

For more information, visit 6 Holiday Activities You Can Enjoy Indoors With Your Senior Loved One

Sitting Down with EECC’s Respiratory Therapist, Tim Olsen

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Pulmonary and respiratory diseases still impact children, adults, and the elderly on a daily basis. Elmhurst Extended Care Center decided to interview their in-house respiratory therapist, Tim Olsen, to find out more about pulmonary problems within the elderly. 

Olsen was asked many questions about respiratory problems. For example, EECC asked for the most common problems seen in older adults who suffer with some sort of respiratory issue. Olsen responded by saying that breathing was the most common problem he has come across. Those with lung problems have trouble catching their breath when moving too much or when exercising. To combat the breathing issues, Olsen often recommends breathing exercises for his patients. The exercises are meant to help normalize breathing when people notice they have a difficult time catching their breath.  

Another question that Olsen answered had to do with preventing pulmonary diseases. The list begins and ends by pointing out that smoking is horrible for anyone’s lungs. It is better to avoid smoking altogether because the addictive properties in tabaco make it more difficult to quit once you start. Yet, there are more tips that Olsen also brings up. 

For the full interview, visit Our Pulmonary Center of Excellence Has Launched! Interview with Respiratory Therapist at EECC, Tim Olsen.