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Ten Tips for Winter Wellness

Cold WeatherMediLodge of Howell is happy to share these ten tips for winter wellness.

1. Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration.

2. If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in winter… just think of spring and how much harder it is to get back into shape rather than maintain your fitness throughout the winter.

3. Be aware of tendonitis and stress fracture if you don’t exercise in winter and expect to pick up where you left off after a whole winter with no exercise.

4. Instead of picking up a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, try a herbal beverage.

5. Gain an interest in indoor sports as opposed to cycling and jogging outdoors. Don’t forget that swimming at an indoor pool is an option for a great cardio workout!

6. The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturizers throughout winter.

7. Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the col­ors will brighten up a dull day outside.

8. Caught a cold or flu? If the infec­tion is above the neck (nose, throat) you could be OK to complete a low intensity workout. However, if you have symptoms that are worse than an average cold (chest congestion, muscle aches), exercise will only make you worse and delay your recovery. Rest is the best medicine.

9. Wear the right clothes when exercising in winter. Polypropylene is the perfect fabric to wear underneath a tracksuit, which will provide great insulation but minimize moisture loss. Gore-Tex is a fabric used widely for providing protection from the rain and wind.

10. Feel like sitting on the couch with a video and snacking on a cold, wet day? Reach for a protein bar or packet of soy nuts instead of high energy, high fat snacks.

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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!”

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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

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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When Short-Term Rehab Turns Into A Long-Term Stay

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

At MediLodge of Sterling Heights we combine the skills of our highly qualified physical, occupational and speech therapists with the amenities of our unique Wellness Lodge, creating an ideal place for recovery. Our knowledge and experience make it possible for us to provide maximum Lodger potential in regards to rehabilitation while providing a comfortable and compassionate environment for healing. Like most family caregivers, you hope that your family member can go home after being a lodger in the short term rehab unit at MediLodge of Sterling Heights. But this does not always happen. Sometimes a short term stay turns into a long term stay.

Why Going Home May Not Be Possible

During rehab, therapists set initial treatment goals for each resident. These are based on a person’s condition and what he or she needs to learn or relearn to do. For instance, if your mother was in the hospital because of a hip fracture, then an initial rehab goal might be to teach her to walk safely. Or if your father had a stroke, an initial rehab goal might be to help him relearn how to dress and feed himself. Sometimes residents make slow or little progress toward initial goals. There are many reasons why this can happen. For example, residents may be too weak or not able to do all needed exercises and therapy. Or they may be too sick. And sometimes, no matter how hard the resident tries, they do not respond to treatment right away. How much progress your family member makes toward meeting his or her initial goals may also affect insurance payment for rehab services. Most insurances pay for rehab based on how well residents meet initial goals. Insurance coverage for intensive therapies might stop if the residents do not make enough progress. If this happens, and your family member is not able to manage at home, your family member may have to move to a long stay unit. The services there will not include as many or as intensive rehab sessions.

Other Reasons Why Going Home May Not Be Possible

• Dementia: Sometimes rehab staff notice signs of dementia that you may not have seen at home. Rehab staff may then tell you that your family member cannot safely go home.

• Environmental barriers: This means that your family member’s house or apartment is not set up for people who have problems getting around or managing on their own. For instance, your father’s apartment building may not have an elevator and he now uses a wheelchair. Or your mother’s house may have more steps than she can climb because of her heart condition. Sometimes bathrooms and kitchens are not arranged in ways that resident can manage safely on their own. Sometimes these problems can be fixed so that the resident can come home later.

• Home Care Services: Your family member’s insurance may not pay for all needed home care services. For instance, Medicare does not pay for long term home care.

• Depression or Isolation: If your family member is feeling very sad or has no one nearby to help, going home can make these feelings worse.

• Your limits: You may not give able to give your family member as much time as he or she needs. Or you may have your own physical problems, responsibilities, or other limits on what you can do.

Source: Next Step In Care

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

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Summer Salad Recipes From MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program

The MediLodge Group encourages healthy lifestyle choices through our Whole Person Wellness Program.  Summer is here and with that comes cookouts, picnics and potlucks.  A nice refreshing salad is a welcome addition to any summer meal.  Salads come in two basic varieties;  tossed, when you mix everything together with salad fork and spoon, and composed, where you artfully design a plate.  The following recipes come from the Spring 2013 issue of Living Healthy.

Red Hot Mama Composed Salad

Servings: 4

  • 8 leaves red leaf lettuce
  • 1 small head radicchio
  • 4 small ripe tomatoes
  • 8 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, sliced
  • 4 small radishes, sliced
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

Wash and dry lettuce and radicchio leaves.  Arrange lettuce on four plates.  Fan out radicchio as a flower.

Cut tomatoes in quarters and remove pulp.  Slice quarters in half lengthwise to make interior “petals.”  Center a slice of egg in the flower and decorate each plate with radish slivers and red onion.  Serve Red Pepper Salad Dressing on the side.

Medilodge Salad Recipe

Red Pepper Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup roasted red peppers (jarred in fine, not in oil)
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil)
  • ¼ cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Put all ingredients into a small food processor or blender.  Mix well and serve.

 

Green Goddess Dressing

  • ½ cup light mayonnaiseMedilodge Salad Recipe
  • ½ cup fat-free buttermilk
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Put all ingredients into a small food processor or blender.  Mix well and serve.

Bon Appetit!

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MediLodge Provides Physical Therapy To Manage Low Back Pain

back Pain 1Low back pain can be very debilitating, especially within the elderly population.  Classifications of low back pain include acute, meaning that symptoms last less than three months, or chronic, with symptoms lasting longer than three months.  Low back pain can be caused by a number of different factors.  Some of the most common ways of developing low back pain include overuse injuries (due to repetitive lifting, bending, or twisting), arthritis, malignant of spine, fractures and stenosis.  Symptoms may vary depending on the type and severity of injury, but can include pain, muscle spasms, radiating symptoms down into legs, numbness, tingling and/or burning sensations.

A conservative way to treat low back pain is through Physical Therapy.  Treatment will focus on minimizing or eliminating pain, improving overall function, and teaching the person a maintenance program they can perform at home to prevent the re-occurrence of low back pain.  Different types of stretches and strengthening exercises can be done, as well as the use of modalities to help alleviate pain and improve function.  Common stretches that are done include hip flexors, back extensors, hamstrings, quadriceps, and piriformis.  All these stretches can be performed while lying on a mat table or seated in a chair.  A generalized strengthening program should begin, focusing on the core muscles.  Modalities that can be used for pain relief include e-stim (TENS), ultrasound, hot/cold pack and massage.  Which treatment method is used depends on the person, their medical history, and the severity of pain/symptoms.back Pain 2

Low back pain can be prevented by participating in a regular stretching and strengthening program.  Using proper body mechanics will also help prevent injury from occurring.  When lifting you should bend with your knees, not with your back; keep the object close to you; keep your feet shoulder width apart; do not twist, instead take small steps to turn.  Lastly, proper posture will also help to prevent back pain by helping to maintain normal alignment of vertebrae (bones of the spine) and decrease the likelihood of muscle imbalances due to tightness or weakness of muscles.

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