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Successful Therapy Testimonials From MediLodge

MediLodge of Monroe Short-Term Therapy Success Stories

“I loved my aid Kourtney, she took such great care of me, I am going to miss her! All of the staff at MediLodge were great.  The food was great and my therapy was good. I would recommend MediLodge to anyone looking for a rehabilitation facility.”     Frankie C.

“MediLodge is great as always! The food was great, I probably gained some weight (that’s how good it is). My therapy was great and it always is. I keep coming back because they are so great here. Thank you!!” Joan L.

“MediLodge is the best place to go for therapy. They treat you like family! If I ever get sick again, I will be going back because they treated me with dignity and respect. Therapy must never have a bad day down there because the ladies are always smiling. The food is GREAT and tastes just like home cooking. I like the night owl option!’     Ken M.

“I believe if I had a choice or reason again, I would be back. MediLodge was and is a great rehabilitation facility. Thank you to everyone.”     Sharon B.

MediLodge of Monroe

MediLodge of Monroe

MediLodge of Montrose Shares Similar Success Stories

• Lois E. said:  “I chose MediLodge because I heard that it was one of the best places in Michigan to rehab. The doctors were always there when you needed them; they were really on top of everything. They also kept me informed about what was going on. The therapy was very thorough, you really got a workout!! The cleaning ladies were exceptional. Kathy was always busy. She is helpful, friendly and just awesome. The food was very good and the dining room is beautiful. Keep the chef! The overall care was excellent. I had no problems at all with the staff, when I pushed my call light they were right there to help. It was much better than the hospital. MediLodge was just overall a great place, it was more than we expected!!”
• Nancy R. said:  “My friends told me about MediLodge. The dining was great, everything was very clean. I enjoyed BINGO. The therapy was better than excellent; they went out of their way! I would absolutely recommend MediLodge to others.”
• Kathleen L. said:  “MediLodge is a wonderful place and it is near my home. The massages were over the top! Double excellent! I loved the oils that she used. The physicians are very accommodating and took care of my pain. The therapy department is awesome. I was very pleased with the social services and discharge planning. I would recommend MediLodge to anyone in a heartbeat!”
• Vincent G. said:  “Dr. Schreiber highly recommended MediLodge of Montrose! The dining experience was superior! I never had a bad meal the entire time that I was here. The wellness center was very clean. The therapy was excellent! Ryan (my therapist) was really good. It paid off! If I needed somewhere for more rehab, I would definitely come here!”
• Kathleen R. said:  “I chose MediLodge based on lots of recommendations from all over. This was my #1 choice. The dining was beyond excellent. It’s not only good food, it is a pleasant dining experience. I loved every bit of the hair, nails, and massages that I received. The cleanliness of the center was top notch. The physicians were excellent; I was impressed that they are reliable and very knowledgeable. The staff overall was friendly and well organized. The therapy was a real treat and very helpful for me. Everything was wonderful! I would definitely recommend rehabbing here!”

MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

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MediLodge of Sterling Therapy Success Stories

MediLodgeThe Essence of the MediLodge Difference Encompasses…

1. Our notion of the Wellness Lodge, a place for healing, where patients – we prefer to address them as lodgers – come for relatively short term stays to avail themselves of our compassionate, personalized rehabilitation therapy, and…

2. A new, whole-person, wellness-centered philosophy we’ve named Zensational. More than a state of mind, this is a participatory process through which our lodgers join with MediLodge.

Our physicians, coordinating the efforts of our nursing and rehabilitation staff, will see to it that each lodger’s treatment is adapted to his or her medical and social needs alone. In short, we’ll take all possible steps to remove any obstacles to recovery and long-term wellness. To further ensure this, we encourage family members to join wholeheartedly in their lodger’s care, therapy, and planning.

MediLodge of Sterling

MediLodge of Sterling

This month the therapy department would like to spotlight one of the many success stories here at MediLodge of Sterling. We are very proud of all of our residents and the physical, mental, and emotional obstacles they overcome to return home or to their prior level of function.

Ruth S. came to MediLodge at the end of July. Ruth worked very hard in occupational and physical therapy five days a week. When she arrived she required two people to assist her with transfers and walking. While in therapy Ruth utilized the Nu-Step, weights, and the therapy mat for strengthening. Ruth took advantage of the home evaluation the therapy department offers. She was taken home prior to discharge to assess for any equipment needs and given suggestions for safety at home. After just 4 weeks Ruth went home with the ability to get in/out of bed, transfer, ambulate, and perform activities of daily living with no assistance. Ruth reports she went home and had a family get-together with 30 people, good food, and a bonfire. When asked about her stay here at MediLodge she reports “therapy was thorough and wonderful.” She also reports “the help was great and I would come back.”

Great job Ruth!

“I’m so grateful to the administration and staff for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generous heart. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you.

Everyone was kind, helpful and pleasant when I went to see my brother Tom K. I want to thank you all. Thank you for everything, truly.”

Sincerely,

Mary Lou L.

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MediLodge of Sterling

MediLodge of Sterling

A Christmas Miracle at MediLodge of Sterling Heights

On October 3, 2013, Joseph P. was admitted to MediLodge of Sterling Heights. He came to us after a medically complicated hospital stay and changed our lives forever. Joseph was a 72 year old patient that was diagnosed earlier in the year with duodenal adenocarcinoma. This is a cancer affecting the beginning section of the small intestines and is rare in comparison to other cancers of the intestinal tracts. Treatment of this type of cancer can vary and resection is difficult because of the many blood vessels that are present that supply the lower body. Despite the odds Joseph underwent a Whipple surgery on August 16, 2013. This surgery includes removing a portion of the Pancreas and Gall Bladder and rerouting how digestive enzymes are placed in to our digestive tract for optimal nutrition. His surgery was complicated by post-operative cardiac issues, which he overcame. He began his journey to recovery shortly after the surgery, only to end up back in the hospital on September 3, 2013 where he had cardiac issues and required intubation. He remained intubated until September 15, 2013 and remained in ICU until he was admitted to Medilodge of Sterling Heights on October 3, 2013 after obtaining a stable status. Due to his fragile status, Joseph was admitted to our critical care room. The critical care room is staffed with a registered nurse and is fully equipped with state of the art monitors that allow us to thoroughly assess a patient’s status, timely in order to prevent hospitalizations. He was oxygen dependent and was not able to take anything by mouth. Despite his very debilitated status and extreme muscle atrophy, he and his family decided they wanted to push on and do therapy. He had a fire inside of him and when others may have given up, he pressed on and started his fight for the return of his independence and so therapy began.

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Former MediLodge of Sterling Heights Lodger Joseph P. and family.

Joseph had his first day of therapy the day after he was admitted to us. The evaluating therapists went to the critical care room to evaluate him. He was lying in bed with his oxygen on and had just broken a fever, so he was in a cold sweat. The therapists looked at his family members and had a discussion about whether therapy would be appropriate. Their goal was for him to walk and resume the active life he had before, so we began therapy. That first day he mumbled answers to our questions. He sat up at the edge of the bed with maximum assistance from two therapists and could barely lift his arms and legs. The therapists collaborated with the physician, as well as nursing and the family and wrote up a plan of care. At that point in time, Joe’s goals were very simple, they were for him to be able to sit at the edge of the bed and perform basic grooming tasks. Before he could start to walk he would have to gain enough strength to tolerate sitting up in a wheelchair. To most, this might seem like an easy task, but after over a month in the hospital Joseph had a lot of trunk strength and endurance to regain. Speech Therapy and the dietician worked together to develop a treatment plan that would allow him to start taking trials of food, but to ensure he maintained a healthy weight. Joseph also presented with some confusion, which speech therapy wrote goals to help improve his memory and level of communication for a safe return home. That first week of therapy was very trying on him. He could not stand up so a mechanical lift was used to put him in to a cardiac chair for therapy. Due to his compromised respiratory status and fragile cardiac status his nurse accompanied him to therapy to monitor him for activity tolerance.

Joseph participated in nine weeks of therapy. During those nine weeks he gave 100% every day. He progressed from sitting in a cardiac chair, to sitting in a wheelchair and propelling it. By week four he was standing and performing transfers with maximum assistance from one person and by discharge he was able to walk with a walker over 100 feet with a walker and manipulate 2 stairs. He began talking with a strong voice and eating two meals a day by the end of the second week and by discharge was eating a regular diet and regular liquids with good cognition. He progressed from being completely dependent for all basic self needs to being able to dress, bath and groom himself. In nine short weeks he made a fairly complete recovery. On December 6, 2014 all those that cared for him bid him farewell as he got in to his car and left with his family to return to his home up north. When asked about his therapy at Medilodge of Sterling Heights Joseph responded “It was great! Without them, I would not be where I am today.” We are all very humbled by his gratitude for the level of nursing care as well as the skills of the therapy department. We can guide our patients in their recovery and we are skilled in knowing which muscles to strengthen and how to strengthen them for optimal usage and nursing can monitor cardiac output, fluid levels and respiratory rates, but without the patient’s will and determination this level of recovery is not always achieved. We are all grateful to have been given the opportunity to care for a man who overcame the odds and got his life back. His family played a vital role as they were here every day cheering him on. The team at Medilodge of Sterling Heights wishes Joseph the best of luck and many years of good health. It was a pleasure to work with you and watch you come so far in such a short period of time. You are an attestation that with skilled nursing care, skilled therapy, strong family support and a pure drive for life anything is possible.

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Physical Therapy & Fall Prevention

MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor Physical Therapy

by Ebony Rice, DPT, MediLodge of Taylor

Falls and fall-related injuries, such as fractures, are a growing problem among older adults, often causing longstanding pain, functional impairments, reduced quality of life and mortality. Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental death among people older than 65 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Among the elderly, most falls occur indoors during usual activities of daily living such as transfers into or out of bed and walking. Age related factors contributing to falls include but are not limited to: changes in postural control; changes in gait; and declining visual abilities.

With increasing age, muscle tone, strength, and proprioception (our internal sense of body position) are all decreased which may cause slower righting reactions. Ambulation is slower and older adults demonstrate a lower swing height which leads to catching of the toe or tripping. Visual conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and health related vision changes; all contribute to declines in depth perception, clarity, visual field, dark adaptation and color sensitivity which increases the risk of falling over unseen objects. Fall prevention is a multidimensional process. Physical therapy aides in the prevention of falls by assessing falls risk and addressing the impairments related to advanced aging. Physical therapists design and implement individualized regimens that include strengthening, gait and balance activities.

Exercises that focus on strengthening core/postural muscles along with those needed for ambulation (hip, knee and ankle muscles) can increase stability when performing functional mobility. Gait training with or without assistive devices is also a major component of physical therapy. Therapists may assess and recommend assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, which may be beneficial for older adults at high risk for falls. If not used properly, assistive devices can become a fall hazard. Choosing the appropriate assistive device, the appropriate height and gait training which focuses on safety and sequencing are all aspects of skilled therapy that should be performed by a physical therapist. The use of an assistive device will allow for the highest level of independence while increasing safety.

MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor Physical Therapy

Standing dynamic balance activities, such as throwing and catching a ball, facilitates balance reactions which are needed to correct yourself when loss of balance occurs. Physical therapy also implements balance activities that simulate functional activities performed daily, for example, reaching up into a cabinet.

Therapists educate patients and caregivers on ways to adapt or compensate for a deficit in the visual field. For example, a person who recently had a stroke may neglect the visual field on one side. Physical therapy focuses on training that individual to turn the head to increase the visual field and ensure safety when walking and/or performing functional mobility.

Physical therapists educate and instruct patients on fall recovery; the safest and most effective way of getting up after a fall occurs. Physical therapists also perform home evaluations to assess the possible hazards and adaptations needed to increase safety in the home while performing activities of daily living.

Falls are often unreported due to fear of losing ones independence. Repeated falls can be a sign of a change in medical status. There are many health conditions that may contribute to falls: stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, brain injuries, etc. Additionally, some medications that treat certain health conditions have possible side effects that may increase the chance of fall occurrence. Falls can be a sign of a more serious problem and should always be reported to a medical doctor. While physical therapy does not prevent falls, physical therapy may improve the impairments related to falls which in turn, decreases the risk of falls.

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MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Sterling Heights Honors Physical Therapy Team

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Submitted By Kathleen Jakovac, PTA, MediLodge of Sterling Heights

October is Physical Therapy Month. It is a great time to honor those people that have devoted their life to giving people back their lives. Physical therapists work closely with occupational and speech therapies to develop an individualized, comprehensive program to get people up and moving again.

In order to give the Lodger the best therapy available, we at MediLodge of Sterling Heights embrace teamwork. Teamwork by definition is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. Teamwork starts at the top. No matter how large or small a company is the success of that company is based on cooperation and implementation. The challenges for this lies within combining members’ talents and allowing structured freedom towards a single focus. A few principles to keep in mind for team building are as follows:

1. The principle of “Niche”; That is to say, all members have a place where they add the most value. No worker is more important than another.

2. The principle of “Chain”; This related to the strength of team workers being directly impacted by its’ weakest link. Therefore encouraging a team member to accept and be responsible for their position on the team can be critical for promoting accountability for the jobs perimeters and the team.

3. The principle of “Compass”; This gives vision to the team members, defining direction and instilling confidence that the purpose of the teams goals are not only worthwhile and achievable but that all workers efforts are respected and moving in a common direction.

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

These few principles are by no means all inclusive of what it takes to create and maintain a successful team, but a mere glossing of principle ideas. In order to create a rewarding and productive workplace and support and promote a successful collaboration it takes leadership, communication, coaching and flexibility. I count myself fortunate to have been included in such a team. Recognizing it to be essential for a rewarding and productive workplace it is necessary to limit interruptions and not overload staff.

In closing I will leave you with two of my favorite quotes:

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together in success.” – Henry Ford

“Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things together harmoniously.” – Mark Twain

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

National Physical Therapy Month Highlights Benefits of Career in Therapy

MediLodge Physical Therapy

MediLodge Physical Therapy

MediLodge of Howell recognizes October as National Physical Therapy Month. We celebrate and acknowledge our dedicated Physical Therapist as well as promoting and encouraging people to look at Physical Therapy as a career choice.

Becoming a physical therapist can be one of the most rewarding career moves a person can make. If you are the type of person who is interested in science, gets excellent grades and has good rapport with people, this is the ideal career for you.

A physical therapist is involved in designing rehabilitation therapy for patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may be the result of an accident, operation or even a disease. The field of physiotherapy is vast and there are many areas of specialty where one can concentrate.

Communication skills are very important for a physical therapist. A physical therapist develops a relationship with a patient, more so than a doctor. You will most likely be working with your patient for a period of time and you want to establish trust. You will also be instructing your patient to do things that may seem painful at first and he or she is bound to be frustrated.

A course in human psychology is beneficial for those who plan on becoming a physical therapist. Helping your patient retain a positive attitude can make a big difference in his or her recovery process. Becoming a physical therapist may be challenging, but it is a rewarding career. The opportunities are endless and the greatest opportunity of all is being able to help people recover from a variety of disabling conditions. Although the financial rewards for becoming a physical therapist are substantial, the rewards of seeing a child walk after an accident may remain with you for a lifetime.

MediLodge of Howell would like to thank all of our Physical Therapists for their continued hard work and passion to help heal.

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MediLodge of Howell

MediLodge of Howell

MediLodge Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month in October

National Physical Therapy Month is a nationwide observance held each October. This year’s theme “Move Forward: Physical Therapy Brings Motion to Life” reflects the physical therapy brand “Physical therapists help you to restore and improve motion to achieve long-term quality of life.”

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The ability to “move forward” may be something each person takes for granted until pain, injury or illness interferes with the ability to move, work, walk, or perform basic self-care. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, therapeutic exercise, pathology, human development and aging to help decrease pain and improve mobility and function across each patient’s lifespan.

MediLodge of Rochester Hills has both a Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapist Assistant on staff to help our residents achieve their highest level of independence with mobility. Whether it is recovering from a stroke, healing after a fractured hip, regaining strength after a prolonged hospitalization or working on balance and strengthening to prevent falls, the Physical Therapy staff are here to help all residents achieve their personal mobility goals.

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