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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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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

Thanksgiving Turkey Safety and Bonus Recipe!

by Dustin Marshall, Executive Chef, MediLodge of Montrose

Turkey Safety

MediLodge of MontroseYou can enjoy a traditional stuffed turkey this Thanksgiving as long as you follow these easy steps. Have a large enough workspace to prepare your bird. If you don’t have a cutting board big enough, use an unscented trash bag to put under your bird. Stuffing a bird is safe as long as you cook the stuffing to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F or greater. Remember that if you stuff your bird do not rely on the pop-up thermometer. That will only show that the breast meat has reached the correct temperature, not the entire bird. Finally, many people wash the turkey before baking. Washing the turkey is unsafe because it could potentially splash salmonella onto other surfaces. Baking the turkey to the correct temperature will kill any germs so please do not risk contamination by rinsing it. To always have a foolproof juicy turkey all you have to do is brine your bird a day ahead and you can cook it in a roasting bag for perfect results!

Here is a wonderful fall treat that is easy to make at home! If you prefer, you can substitute tea for the coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Ingredients: (12 oz)

• 2 ounces Milk

• 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

• 1 tsp Brown Sugar

• 2 ounces Carmel

• 7 ounces Coffee

• Whipped Topping

• Caramel for topping

Directions

Place the milk in the cup, then the coffee. Add the pumpkin spice, caramel and sugar with a spoon and mix. Top with whipped topping, then with caramel drizzle.

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Enjoy Autumn’s Bounty With Comfort Foods

Autumn, with its vibrant leaves, crisp, clean air, and bountiful harvest, invokes a sense of comfort and family togetherness that no other season can match. With harvest festivals aplenty, this is the time of year to enjoy the bounty of your garden or the harvest of farmers in your area. “Squash is a traditional staple food, rich in beta carotene, fiber and a satiating sweet­ness,” said Autumn Brennan, Organic Valley Family of Farms’ food aficio­nado. “It’s a versatile veggie with a well-rooted history and diversity in flavors. From the caramelesque aroma of delicate squash roasting in the oven, to spicy pumpkin pie on Thanksgiv­ing Day, squash surrounds you with a sweet and subtle warmth that soothes the nerves and delights the senses.”

MediLodge of Southfield is happy to share this wonderful recipe with the rest of the MediLodge community across Michigan.

Fall Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients | Makes 4 ServingsButternut Squash Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Melt the butter in a large pot, and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and squash 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Pour in enough of the chicken stock to cover vegetables.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.

Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency.

Season with salt and pepper.

 

Garnishes & Variations

Classic garnishes include a dollop of sour cream, plain yogurt, or creme fraiche. A sprinkle of minced cilantro or thyme is also tasty. Start with this basic recipe and then use any of the variations and garnishes below – or add your own flair – to create your own version of the perfect Butternut Squash Soup.

  • Creamy Add heavy cream after blending and gently heat until warmed through.
  • Spicy Add chopped jalapeno chile and cayenne with the garlic. Stir in some brown sugar at the end. If you like, cream is also a nice addition to this version.
  • Roasted Roasting concentrates the flavor of the vegetables. You can use this method with any of the other flavor combinations you like. Put halved and seeded squash cut-side-down in a large pan. Arrange halved, peeled onions and garlic around squash. Pour in 1 cup broth and roast in a 375°F oven until very tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly. Scoop out the squash flesh from the peel and put it in a blender, along with the onions and garlic and remaining broth.
  • Gingery Add grated fresh ginger and ground ginger along with the garlic. Make it even gingery-er by melting 4 Tbsp. butter in a small frying pan. Cook until it turns light brown and add 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger. Swirl the ginger butter on top of each serving.
  • Warm Spices Add a combination of ground cloves, cardamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, cinnamon, and/or black pepper along with the garlic.
  • Many Squash! Switch out some of the butternut squash with sugar pumpkin or acorn squash.
  • Protein Packed! Whirl oft or silken tofu into the soup. Be sure to whirl it in a blender or food processor for a full minute or so to fully incorporate the tofu.

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MediLodge of Southfield

MediLodge of Southfield

 

 

 

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

Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup Recipe

The MediLodge Connection is happy to share this wonderful soup recipe from Lisa Zimmer, MediLodge of Hillman Food Service Supervisor.

Well, much to my dismay, it looks like summer is coming to an end before it really began. Now we look forward to the changing colors and cool days. It’s time to break out the warmer meal recipes! I would like to share a delicious recipe that we really enjoy!

Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:

Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup

Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup

2 lbs. diced beef

1 large cabbage, chopped

2-16 oz cans diced tomatoes

12 c. water

Beef base to taste

2 chopped carrots

3 stalks celery, chopped

5 potatoes, diced

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp. chopped garlic

2 tbsp. white vinegar

½ c. white sugar

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large stock pot, sauté beef, onions, carrots, garlic and celery until meat is browned. Add water, tomatoes, cabbage, beef base, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a simmer. Add potatoes about a half an hour before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fried wontons or warm French bread.

Stay safe and warm!

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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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