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On-Site Swallow Studies are Now Available at the MediLodge of Taylor

taylor swallow studiesSwallowing disorders, which may also be called dysphagia (dis-FAY-juh), can affect adults at very different stages in the swallowing process. Some signs of difficulty may include coughing or choking during or after eating/ drinking, a wet-sounding voice, weight loss or dehydration, chest congestion or pneumonia, or foods getting stuck in the mouth. These can all result in malnutrition and/or dehydration, an increased risk of food or liquid entering the airway (called aspiration which can lead to pneumonia), and a reduction in the enjoyment of a meal or sharing a meal with others.

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is able to diagnose swallowing disorders, and may use a modified barium swallow study to further assess swallowing function in patients who are experiencing dysphagia. A modified barium swallow study involves an x-ray of a patient while they eat and/or drink items containing barium. The barium allows the SLP to determine the presence/risk of aspiration, assess what parts of the swallowing process are not working correctly, and make recommendations for foods/drinks that are safest to swallow as well as techniques to help a patient improve their swallowing function to safely participate in eating/drinking.

Traditionally, a patient would have to be scheduled for an appointment at a hospital or facility that performs modified barium swallow studies, resulting in the need for transportation and time away from the patient’s home environment. The Medilodge of Taylor is now offering on-site modified barium swallow studies in our own facility. This allows for reduced time for the patient in the study, no need for transportation to an unfamiliar environment, and faster results allowing for quicker turnaround for valuable patient care.

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Foods That Help Hydrate from MediLodge of Yale

On a hot day, you know that a bottle of water is a must to stay healthy and hydrated. But eating certain foods can also help fight thirst while replenishing your body with vitamins and minerals. And make sure you know the warning signs of dehydration: dry mouth, decreased urination, sleepiness, headache and dizziness. To ward off dehydration, bring one of these snacks to the beach or enjoy a fruit or vegetable salad for lunch, then avoid the foods below that can dry you up.

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Strawberries: These in-season fruits are 91% water and contain folate and vitamin C.

Oranges: At 87% water content, oranges are hydrating and full of healthy vitamin C.

Iceberg lettuce: This lettuce is made up of 96% water, but it’s lacking in the nutrient department. You can try mixing it up with darker green lettuces, like romaine and spinach, for an interesting and varied salad that packs plenty of vitamins.

Cooked squash: Work squash into a yummy dinner stir-fry to gain the hydrating benefits of this 94% water vegetable.

Dehydrating Foods

Ice cream: Any food full of simple sugars, such as ice cream and candy bars, dehydrates the body because of the amount of water the body uses to break down those sugars. So if you’re strolling down the boardwalk with an ice cream cone, make sure you have your water bottle with you, too!

Nuts: A Planters mix might not be the best beach snack. Peanuts are only 2% water, and they contain protein, which has been found to dehydrate the body.

Alcohol: You probably know this one! Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more frequently, which can lead to dehydration. To keep thirst at bay, and potentially avoid a nasty hangover, drink one glass of water after every alcoholic drink you have in an evening.

Infused water is a great way to refresh that glass of water. How about a ice smoothie or fruit smoothie. Iced Tea. Add ice in a blender. Add lemon if you like. There are many flavored teas out there: peach ginger is one of my “flavorites.” Chill and add ice. So pour a nice cool glass of that H2O and chill out this summer. Stop in the office for some infused water recipes.

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MediLodge Shares Tips To Avoid Dehydration This Summer

dehydrationThe days are getting longer and hotter, which can only mean that summer is here! With so many opportunities for activities and time with family on the horizon, we would like to pass on a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your summertime fun. Let’s look at the quick facts about dehydration and how to keep safe this summer.

Dehydration can occur when a person is not drinking enough fluids or is losing too much, or a combination of these two. Young children and the elderly population are at high risk for dehydration, and it can be a life-threatening condition if the fluid loss is severe enough. There are many ways we lose fluids – exercise (through excessive sweating), running a fever, uncontrolled diabetes, using a diuretic, vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, a person may not drink enough due to nausea or an illness, or from difficulty with eating or drinking.

Symptoms of dehydration include dry or sticky mouth, feeling tired, reduced urine output, not being able to produce tears, sunken eyes, diarrhea and vomiting. When dehydration is found and treated quickly, the outcome is usually good. Drinking fluids is generally sufficient to address mild dehydration. However, it is better to drink small amounts of fluid often as forcing large amounts of fluid at one time can result in increased vomiting. Electrolyte solutions or freezer pops can be purchased at drugstores/ pharmacies and are a good solution to combat dehydration. However, sports drinks contain high levels of sugar which may cause or worsen diarrhea. If the dehydration is severe enough, intravenous fluids and a hospital stay may be needed. A medical professional should be consulted if you suspect dehydration or have any questions – we are here to help!

heart dripPrevention can be as simple as drinking plenty of fluids every day, especially when the weather is hot or you are exercising. Be sure to monitor someone closely who is ill, and call your health care provider if you believe the person is becoming dehydrated. Remember that fluid needs are greater with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, so encourage a person who is sick to drink fluids. Signs to monitor are increased urine output, saliva in the mouth, and tears when crying. Knowing the signs/symptoms of dehydration is excellent medicine in the prevention of this condition. If you or a loved one has questions or concerns, please contact your doctor or a medical professional.

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Summer Safety Tips From The MediLodge Therapy Department

MediLodge of HowellSummer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the summer sunshine, UV rays and heat can bring a few dangers, especially for seniors, including sunburn, eye damage, dehydration and more. As we make our way through the summer months, there are Eight Summer Safety Tips we can follow to improve safety during the heat of summer.

1. Drink Plenty Of Fluids

Aim to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. By the time you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. For seniors, the feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so be sure to increase your water intake if you are exercising or doing any type of prolonged physical activity. Of those fluids you are taking in, be sure they are non-alcoholic and decaffeinated. Carbonated sodas may taste good, but they will only further your dehydration.

2. Pick The Right Outfit With Accessories

When possible, wear loose, lightweight and light-colored long sleeves to help protect your skin from sun, while also allowing your skin to breathe. Use wide brimmed hats to keep the sun off of your face and neck, as well as full coverage (wrap around) sunglasses for the best eye protection. Glasses that block UVA and UVB rays can help reduce the cumulative effect of damage linked to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

3. Turn On Your Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is important when it is hot and humid outside. During a heat wave, if you don’t have central air or a room air conditioner, spend part or most of each day at locations with air conditioning, including a friend’s house, shopping mall, senior center or movie theater.

4. Be An Early Bird Or Night Owl

The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you must be outside during a summer heat wave, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening, when the temperature is lower and the sun is less intense.

5. Watch For Heat Stroke

It is extremely important to watch for signs of heat stroke, especially for seniors. Some signs to look for include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

6. Check On Friends And Family

Use the rising temperatures as an opportunity to catch up with your neighbors and relatives, especially the elderly and those who do not have air conditioning. Plan outings together in places that have air conditioning.

7. Review Your Medications

Many seniors use medications daily. Some medications can cause side effects, like increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. Review all medications and check with a doctor or pharmacist for any questions.

8. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a major component to preventing sunburns. Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and also has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. Be sure to apply it about 15-30 minutes before exposure. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently. It only takes about 15 minutes for the sun to damage unprotected skin. You may not notice it immediately, but the damage is there.

With these Eight Summer Safety Tips, everyone can enjoy the warm weather.  For more information on MediLodge, visit our website, find us on facebook or watch our YouTube Channel.

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