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Finding Your Balance

MediLodge of Rochester Hills TherapyFrom the MediLodge of Rochester Hills Therapy Department

Have you ever felt dizzy, lightheaded, or as if the room is spinning around you? These can be very troublesome sensations. If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem. Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor. Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position, whether you are moving are remaining still. An intact sense of balance helps you walk without staggering, get up from a chair without falling, climb stairs without tripping, bend over without falling, to name just a few important examples. Good balance is important to help you get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities.

People are more likely to have problems with balance as they get older. But age is not the only reason these problems occur; there are other causes, too. In some cases, you can help reduce your risk for certain balance problems.

Some balance disorders are caused by problems in the inner ear. The part of the inner ear that is responsible for balance is the labyrinth. When the labyrinth becomes infected or swollen, this condition is called labyrinthitis. It is typically accompanied by vertigo and imbalance. (Vertigo is the feeling that you or the things around you are spinning.) Upper respiratory infections and other viral infections (and less commonly, bacterial infections), can lead to labyrinthitis.

Diseases of the circulatory system, such as stroke, can cause dizziness and other balance problems. Smoking and diabetes can increase the risk of stroke. Low blood pressure can also cause dizziness.

MediLodge Physical TherapyBalance problems can also result from taking certain medications. For example, some medications, such as those that help lower blood pressure, can make a person feel dizzy. Ototoxic drugs are medicines that damage the inner ear. Sometimes the damage lasts only as long as you take the drug; other times it is permanent. Some antibiotics are ototoxic. If your medicine is ototoxic, you may feel off balance. Check with your doctor if you notice a problem while taking a medication.

Your diet and lifestyle can help you manage certain balance-related problems. For example, Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo and other balance and hearing problems, is linked to a change in the volume of fluid in the inner ear. By eating low-sodium or salt-free foods, you can make Meniere’s disease symptoms less severe. Balance problems due to high blood pressure can be managed by eating less salt, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

The ear infection called otitis media is common in children, but adults can get it too. You can help prevent otitis media by washing your hands frequently. Also, talk to your doctor about getting a yearly flu shot to stave off flu-related ear infections. If you still get an ear infection, see a doctor immediately before it becomes more serious.

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MediLodge of Rochester Hills

MediLodge of Rochester Hills

Living Through Adapting: A Brief Discussion On Dementia Patients

dementiaCharles Darwin stated: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Here at MediLodge of Sterling Heights we are developing a dementia unit that is geared towards optimizing levels of independence for the patients with dementia. The key to taking care of the dementia population is to adapt their environment so they can function at a level of independence that is important to them. There are myths that say the dementia population is not appropriate for therapy, that they cannot show improvement, and that they can’t follow directions. Although it is true that new tasks are difficult for them to learn, it is not impossible for them to adapt to changes. In the process of asking them to adapt to change, it is important for the family and caregivers to recognize the changes and encourage your loved ones.

There are many different types of dementia and they all progress differently and at different rates. What is uniform across all dementia is that memory is affected and basic motor plans become difficult. Science has proven that through sensory techniques, a patient can tap into their long term memory where muscle memory is stored, and learn new techniques. The strongest sense in the human body is the sense of smell as it is the only sense that does not travel through the nucleus. The nucleus is where plaque builds up and blocks other stimuli from getting to the short term memory part of the brain. For this reason, many treatments include using smell to help learn new tasks. When you are visiting your loved ones with dementia, try wearing a vanilla/cinnamon scented perfume or Jergen’s cherry almond lotion. These scents will bring back old memories and you will find that patient’s become more alert and engaging. Try bringing in old pictures and having discussions about childhood or about your loved one’s career. We as caregivers have to adapt to the fact that the short term memory is most significantly affected. Therefore, in order to enjoy your visit with your loved one, discuss their past and reminisce. If they are on a regular diet, bring in their favorite foods from their childhood to early adulthood. Their world is their reality and we as caregivers need to recognize that and go with it. By engaging in the conversation the patient wants to have, they will stay calm and enjoy their time spent visiting.

The Occupational Therapy Department is working with the nursing staff on the 300 unit to develop individualized programs for our patients with dementia. The evaluation process involves staging their level of cognition and a family interview that is aimed at finding out what is important to those patients. Therapy treatment involves adapting the environment to allow the individual to function as independently as possible. Each patient will have a list of activities that they are capable of completing and that are meaningful to their daily life. Therapy is completing treatment on their first set of patients on the unit, and these patients are performing their own laundry, identifying the times of their meals, and completing dressing tasks with only supervision. Our goal is to maximize independence and promote high quality living to our patients with dementia.

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Reading, Writing & Arithmetic in Dementia Care

Deerview Haven has started a new program to help stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brains on our Dementia Care Unit at MediLodge of Port Huron. In an effort to help retain and improve cognitive thinking skills, SAIDO based learning incorporates measurable activities that use reading, writing and math exercises. The program also includes a health shake to drink and physical exercise as well. Studies show that these types of exercises can help maintain and even restore functioning from baseline levels. Our own version of SAIDO training uses 3 levels of learning and takes place for 30 minutes per day. In small groups, the staff can administer the brain exercises and help encourage and praise participants to stay focused and engaged. The praise and encouragement is important. We do not want them to feel overwhelmed. There are no wrong answers to the exercises they do. These are exercises, not tests. Each exercise is tailored to the Lodgers’ personal level of cognitive function.

MediLodge of Port Huron

MediLodge of Port Huron

Measurements are made using the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) and the Frontal Assessment Battery Act Bedside (FABAB). These are widely accepted tests to establish baseline cognitive levels and help measure improvements. The prefrontal cortex is the executive officer of the brain. It is in charge of planning, decision making, and cognition. It orchestrates thoughts, actions and goals. After 6 months of participating in these brain exercises, participants will be measured again for signs of maintaining, improving or declining brain function.

At this time, our participating Lodgers are part of a pilot program. After the 6 month window, the program will be evaluated and considered for use on all our Dementia care patients.

Beth B., one of the participants has benefited from the program already. She states that she feels much more energized and has even asked to skip naps. She really enjoys the journaling aspects of writing. This form of writing takes advantage of reminiscing, which many patients enjoy. It helps them to put thoughts and feelings into words and creates engaging topics for discussion. Staff has found that working with these patients has helped with feelings of success and accomplishment. The exercises take place in a quiet classroom- like environment with no interruptions. This allows a peaceful environment to concentrate.

MediLodge of Port Huron

MediLodge of Port Huron

In the pictures shown, Beth and Millie work on math skills, adding small numbers, matching, number/letter recognition, journaling and reading out loud. Katie and other staff help participants and work with them to understand the concepts. Katie Markel has developed the activities and exercises for the program and is a cornerstone to the unit with her positive praise and encouragement. She likes that any staff member can use this simple program and be able to spend a short amount of time to help patients such as Beth and Millie. She is eager to see the results and hopefully open the program up to all the residents in the Unit. This program is just another way that MediLodge of Port Huron is helping our Lodgers to Recover, Rejuvenate, Revitalize and Return Home.

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MediLodge of Port Huron

MediLodge of Port Huron

High Praise For MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

We are happy to share some recent comments from former MediLodge of Montrose Lodgers and introduce our new Campus Concierge, Ashley Smith.  We also recently had a staff bike raffle as part of our Employee Whole Person Wellness Program.  Fun!

Now, on to those insightful comments…

Bertha F. said

“My daughter chose MediLodge because she heard it is the greatest and the cleanest place to rehab. They have great meals, the fish and chips from JavaLodge is my favorite! I liked playing BINGO with the activities staff. The activities selection is excellent. Everything is very clean. The overall care that I received was outstanding! The therapy was a great help. My daughter and I have already recommended MediLodge to other people that we know.”

John S. said

“My wife chose MediLodge for me and we wouldn’t want to be any place else! I love it here! I love the food, everything is very tasty. The activities were terrific, I liked the arts and crafts and playing cards. The care here is excellent, the staff is nice. I would rate the care as 201%!! If I could, I would take the entire therapy team home with me! I just can’t say enough great things about my experience. This is the place to come to. I have met a lot of great employees and other lodgers; you don’t find that any place else.”

Roy P. said

“MediLodge was recommended by some of my friends, I heard it was a great place. I was always well taken care of and got the help and care that I needed. Everything here is wonderful! I would recommend MediLodge to anyone and everyone.”

 

MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

Phyllis F. said

“I had heard great things about MediLodge and it is close to my home. I liked that I could order from JavaLodge if there wasn’t anything on the dining menu that I wanted. I liked the fish too. As far as the activities go, I liked the ceramics painting. The activity assistants were great! I loved Lisa and Jalinda. The therapy team gives a great workout! I would definitely recommend MediLodge!”

Dorothy C. said

“Everything here ranks as ‘Excellent’! I would absolutely recommend MediLodge! The therapy was great, I loved Jeannie and JoAnn. I got the great care that I needed here. My son had visited here before and he recommended it to me. My doctor recommended MediLodge also. I really enjoyed the fish and chips. JavaLodge is a great option!”

Patricia M. said

“This is like a resort! The people that work here are excellent. I have already recommended MediLodge to family and friends. Therapy was fabulous! I am going to write a letter about how pleased I was with the care and the wellness center. The overall care was just wonderful! I can’t say enough great things! Ryan, in therapy, was excellent! I was very happy with my therapy. Everything is always clean in the building. Someone is always cleaning something. I thought the activities were excellent. I enjoyed going out for movie day, it was a lot of fun. I loved the JavaLodge, all of the food was wonderful! A friend recommended MediLodge and also a ‘Your Ride’ driver who has picked up lodgers from MediLodge.”

Edmond H. said

“The building is beautiful, it looks great always. The doctors are very good; I was very pleased with their services. The therapy and overall care was excellent! I can’t say enough good things about them!! My cousin had recommended MediLodge to me, he had been here before. Now I will recommend MediLodge to others. What a great place for therapy!”

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MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

Rehab Graduates Appreciate Service at MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

Mabel W. came to MediLodge of Montrose to Recover, Rejuvenate, Revitalize and Return Home after a hospitalization at Genesys Health Park. She said that her family doctor recommended us because she was going to need more intense exercise and rehab than what she had been doing at home. Mabel had been to rehab centers that were closer to her home in Flint prior to coming to heal with us, but she decided to try something new. This was because she had heard so many good things about MediLodge and her doctor strongly recommended that she come here. He said that MediLodge was the closest thing to a 4 star hotel in the area! Here is what Mabel shared with us: “Just coming in to MediLodge, it doesn’t feel like you are coming into a hospital or a care unit or a ‘nursing home’. Everyone is upbeat and they go out of their way to make everyone comfortable and everything convenient for the lodger. They anticipate what you will need. When you get a bunch of people together, you can’t please everybody….but you seem to do it here. I don’t know how you do it! I think even my family feels differently about me being out here. After seeing MediLodge and how wonderful it is, they didn’t have anything to worry about. I absolutely feel stronger going out than when I came in. The therapy team pushes you to work hard. You see improvement and results after just a few days. We need more places like this!”

Here’s what some of our other former lodgers had to say about MediLodge of Montrose.

Thomas H. said that we were highly recommended by his doctor. He said that the food was out of this world. The doctors, nurses and therapy were outstanding. He would definitely recommend us.

MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

Sonja Z. and George Z. had a neighbor recommend us. They said that the food was amazing and they really enjoyed the music and the Independence Day activities. They also said that the therapy was excellent and they loved all the therapists.

Sonja and George were “absolutely pleasantly surprised” and enjoyed their time at MediLodge of Montrose.

Shondell G. said that her son, who works at Genesys, recommended us. She said that she got great care. You could tell that the staff really cared. She was not anxious to leave therapy. She felt that the exercise made a big difference. She also said that she met a lot of interesting people and that the staff is all very friendly. Shondell also said that she loved the outdoor courtyards and her stay has been wonderful. She would highly recommend MediLodge to others.

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MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

The Importance of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) in Therapy Interventions

MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor     Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are part of therapeutic interventions in Occupational Therapy, which are designed to benefit any patient suffering from an orthopedic, neurological or sensory deficit. ADL encompass all tasks that are both necessary and meaningful to a patient. Self-care skills, including bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, hair care, feeding skills and play skills for children, are considered basic ADL. Writing, driving, home-care tasks, child care, finance management and work or school-related activities are considered advanced ADL. Leisure activities, such as sports, hobbies and musical talents, are examples of meaningful tasks that would be simulated or practiced to return the patient to a functional level of physical and emotional involvement. Every patient is unique in terms of what is important to them. If the client is a homemaker, an example of a meaningful activity for this client would be cooking. Therefore, cooking could be part of therapeutic interventions practiced in therapy.

The purpose of therapeutic intervention for retraining activities of daily living is two-fold:

  • The goals of therapy with temporary or transient conditions focus on remediation of the identified deficits to allow a patient to return to the maximal level of independence in all ADL.
  • The goals of therapy with permanent or chronic conditions may include instruction in compensatory techniques to allow the patient to safely accomplish a task, retraining to reinforce a new method of completing activities or training with adaptive equipment to safely accomplish ADL within the patient’s limited capacities.

Practicing skills in closely simulated environments promotes greater meaning, purpose and ultimately, maximizes carryover into the patient’s own environment.

Monroe OT     Occupational Therapists provide a comprehensive one-on-one evaluation of each patient’s functional activity limitations and design a treatment program to address these limitations. The program is an ongoing process and can be changed throughout the therapy process to best suit the needs of the patient to maximize independence in ADL’s. ADL training can be incorporated within any therapeutic experience. It is often provided in conjunction with Physical Therapy services to build functional skills as the patient’s balance, mobility, core and extremity strength are improving. The Occupational and Physical Therapists work together to provide a comprehensive approach to maximize the patient’s functional abilities and promote greater independence in the skills required for enjoying life. ADL training services may also include instruction for caregivers to help them learn how to correctly care for the needs of the patient, and how to help and assist the patient in caring for themselves. It is very important that caregivers motivate their friends/family members to do as much for themselves as possible and promote the highest level of independence as possible.

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MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor

Transition Tips for Rehab Residents at MediLodge

MediLodge of Sterling HeightsMediLodge of Sterling Heights has put together some good suggestions to help ease the transition to a short or long-term stay at their facility.  They recognize that rehabilitation is an intensely personal experience and focus on each “Lodger” as an individual, both medically and emotionally.

Every Lodger receives a monthly activity calendar. Look at the calendar with your loved one and highlight the activities that they want to attend. Take your family member on a tour to find out how to get the activities and to places that he or she might enjoy such as the library, the Java Lodge, outdoor spaces and dining rooms. Ask the staff to remind the Lodger of the activities and times.

Introduce yourself and the Lodger to roommates and other Lodgers and family members. It’s a small world; many Lodgers discover common work histories, hometowns, and relatives. Making new friends helps Lodgers stay active and adjust quickly to their new home.

Attending the quarterly care conference is a good way to keep in touch with the care givers. Lodgers and their responsible party are strongly encouraged to attend these conferences and take an active role in their care planning.

If you are not from around here but do visit often, find out where local restaurants and parks are located. Lodgers love a change of scenery, so this information could be important to know!

Everyone loves to eat. Make sure that the staff is aware of the Lodger’s preferences as well as what food should be avoided. Depending on the Lodger’s cognition, you may need to assist in relaying his or her likes and dislikes. Many families bring in favorite foods from home or a restaurant. Make sure to label and date the leftovers if the Lodger doesn’t finish it in one setting. Ask the staff to store the container at the desk. Please limit the number of cookies or snacks at bedside and keep them in a closed container.

Lodgers spend a great deal of time in their rooms so why not make it as homey as possible. Personalize the room with a comforter from home, pictures of family, photo albums, television, clock, radio, and familiar items that remind them of home. Think about ordering a subscription to the local paper, it helps keep the Lodger attached to their community.

At MediLodge of Sterling Heights, restoring your health is our top priority.

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

 

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