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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


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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Prepare For Wintertime Dangers

By Chaley Crawford, MediLodge of Hillman Marketing Director

Happy 2014 Everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and were able to spend time with family and friends. It sure has been a COLD winter so far! Wintertime can be a dangerous time of year, especially for the elderly, with the extreme cold and all of that slippery ice out there. Because of this I figured I would share some tips to help, whether it be for your parents, grandparents or even the sweet little lady next door. We all need to do our part to help them stay safe this time of year.

Avoid Slipping on Ice

shovelIcy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. While younger people often recover rather quickly from such injuries, older adults face complication, which are the leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65. Make sure to shovel all walkways and keep them salted and clear of ice.

Dress for Warmth

Hillman Cold WeatherCold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65. So don’t let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in layers. When going outside make sure they wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover the mouth and protect the lungs.

Fight Wintertime Depression

phoneBecause it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can cause feeling of loneliness and isolation. To help avoid this, family members can check in on seniors as often as possible; even a short phone call can go a long ways. If you can’t personally check on them, maybe a neighbor of theirs would do it for you.

Check the Car

winterDriving during the winter can be hazardous for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for older people who may not drive as often anymore or whose reflexes may not be as quick as they once were. Make sure they get their car serviced before wintertime hits, checking things like oil, tires, battery, and wipers.

Prepare for Power Outages

downed linesWinter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure they have easy access to flashlights and a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out. Stockpile warm blankets and keep a supply of non-perishable foods than can be eaten cold.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poising

Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxidefireplace poisoning. Ensure safety by making sure there is a carbon monoxide detector in the house and that the batteries are still good. Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year and seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.


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MediLodge of Hillman

A summer pig-roast is one of many lovely activities involving lodgers, staff and the community.

Happy New Year Cookies!

New Year Wishes!
To the many wonderful lodgers and very helpful staff I have met, thank you for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to being a part of a Zensational Journey at MediLodge of Milford.

Happy New YearI wish you health…
So you may enjoy each day in comfort.
I wish you the love of friends and
family and peace within your heart.
I wish you the beauty of nature…
That you may enjoy the work of God.
I wish you wisdom to
choose priorities…
I wish you happiness and joy…
and blessings for the New Year.
I wish you the best of everything…
That you so well deserve.
Happy New Year, Friends!
Roxanne Pappas, Leisure Coordinator at MediLodge of Milford

In honor of National Oatmeal Month, try this zesty twist to oatmeal cookies!
orange oatmeal cookiesOrange Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1 egg
1/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1/2 banana)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins (or 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In bowl, cream butter and egg together until well blended and smooth. Gradually beat in banana, vanilla and brown sugar. Add orange zest. Mix well with wooden spoon until all ingredients are blended. In large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, oats or 4-grain cereal, coconut, walnuts and raisins or chocolate chips. Use wooden spoon to combine dry ingredients until they are blended well and evenly distributed. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until there is no sign of dryness. Very lightly butter baking sheet, drop heaping tablespoon of dough onto greased sheet 2 inches apart, and press down lightly against dough to flatten. Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Makes 16 large cookies.


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MediLodge of Milford

MediLodge of Milford

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

Making and Keeping Your Resolutions

It’s time for that annual ritual of making (and breaking) our New Year’s resolutions. There is something about the idea of being able to start over that motivates us to pause (at least briefly) and reflect on our lives as they are, as well as how we would like them to be. Yet how many times have you thought back to last year’s goals and found that many or most of them were abandoned or just forgotten after a few weeks or months into the year? MediLodge of Taylor offers the following tips to help put you on the right course and assist you in staying committed to your most important goals for 2014.

woman at computerStart with a life vision If you don’t know what you want your future to look like, how can you decide what areas of your life need to be worked on? Spend some quiet time TODAY reflecting on (and writing down) what is good, bad or incomplete. Then try to see your life if all of these areas were addressed and had become satisfactory to you.
Get organized Clear away clutter. Go through paperwork, files, old bills and receipts, closets, drawers and storage containers. Decide what you need and will use and either throw out or give away all the rest. Put aside some time each week for this purpose. Keep ONE calendar to record all appointments, events, etc. Write down everything- don’t rely on memory.
Expand your horizons/commit to learning something new Challenging yourself will infuse you with greater energy and sense of purpose. It will help build your self-esteem to realize you really are capable of more than you had previously believed. This new learning can also give you additional resources to assist you in your career or personal life.
Write down your resolutions Write them down and stick them on your bathroom mirror, your fridge, your car dashboard, your desk or wherever you know will be a good place for you to see them. You can also show them to a good friend, family member, your coach or anyone who could provide support and encouragement.
Take care of yourself; eat well. Exercise regularly and learn to control and eliminate unhealthy stress eat wellThis is an obvious one, so why is it often ignored or overlooked when we are attempting to make important life changes? How many times have you said, I don’t have the time to eat right, exercise, sleep adequately, etc? Not caring for yourself will guarantee failure. So, why not make this your first and most important resolution for 2014?
Work to eliminate bad habits Including this as a New Year’s resolution would put you on the road to good follow-through. Bad habits will sabotage your efforts and use up your time, energy and focus. For each bad habit you decide to eliminate, have a good habit in mind to replace it with.
Set appropriate and healthy limits in all areas of your life Knowing your limits and enforcing them with yourself and others is a prerequisite to a healthy life and relationship. Learn to say no and enough and be firm in your resolve that this is a good thing to do. Otherwise, you will also be undermining your resolution to take care of yourself.

Now begin this year with the resolve to be the person you know you have the potential to be. You’ll be pleased with the wonderful changes that await you!


For more information on locations and services, visit the MediLodge website.  Find us on Facebook for up-to-date pictures or watch our YouTube channel for videos of events and activities.

MediLodge of Taylor

The New Wellness Center at MediLodge of Taylor

Tired Of The Same Old Holiday Foods? Give Your Favorites A Facelift!

Every family differs when it comes to holiday dinner traditions. But discover the happy medium between the traditional dishes and the not so customary holiday meals with three quick and convenient recipe twists from MediLodge of Hillman. First, start with a can of shrimp, a little garlic and some dried dill weed and transform your regular mashed potatoes into a delectable seafood side dish. Next, substitute your traditional green-bean casserole with a quick Easy Cheesy Herbed Creamed Spinach dish. Combine a few cans of spinach with a little garlic-and-herb cheese and you’ve created a simple side, packed with flavor and nutrition. Finally, finish the meal with a new twist on an old holiday standby. Try “zesting up” great-grandma’s fruitcake recipe. Don’t forget that the holidays are about spending time with family. While you want your meals to look and taste fantastic, you needn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So try these simple, yet tasty twists on your old classics and your crowd is sure to ask for seconds!

Walnut Coconut Cream Holiday Fruitcake

1 cup candied cherries, halved

1 (4 ounce) container candied pineapple slices,

          cut into thin (about 1/8-inch) wedges

1 cup golden raisins

2 tablespoons brandyfruitcake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2/3 cup butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1 cup sweetened cream of coconut (canned)

2 cups coarsely broken walnuts

In large bowl stir together cherries, pineapple slices, raisins and brandy; let stand an hour or longer. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract; Beat in egg yolks until blended. Stir in lemon rind. Add 1/3 of flour mixture and ½ of coconut cream and stir until smooth. Repeat stir remaining flour until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold in to batter. Pour over fruit mixture then stir in walnuts. Spoon into well buttered pans and spread to smooth. Set a shallow pan of hot water on lowest oven rack or floor of oven. Bake at 300°F on rack below center of oven until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean – 2 to 2 ½ hours for 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pan, or 1 1/2 to 2 hours for small pans. Cool on racks. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator. This fruitcake slices beautifully, and tastes good when cold. Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves.


For more information on locations and services, visit the MediLodge website.  Find us on Facebook for up-to-date pictures or watch our YouTube channel for videos of events and activities.

MediLodge of Hillman

A summer pig-roast is one of many lovely activities involving lodgers, staff and the community.

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