Thursday, August 16, 2018

Three Things Every Caregiver Should Know

By Yelena Sapin


Handling the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be overwhelming and stressful -- especially when it happens suddenly. These caregivers and experts share advice on how to stay positive through the tough times and prepare yourself for your role as a caregiver.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Support Group that Helps You When You’re Sick

By Mark Kaelin

Finding the resources you need to manage chronic illnesses can be overwhelming. “The Flourish Program uses a team of social workers, doctors, therapists, pharmacists, and even attorneys to address all aspects of a client’s health and coordinate care to maximize quality of life and function,” says Samantha Cotton, program manager at the University of Louisville’s Institute for Optimal Aging. To find out if the Flourish team can help you or a family member call 502.852.5629 or go here.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Try This if Your Loved One is Losing Weight Because of Parkinson’s


By Mark Kaelin


Living with Parkinson’s disease presents certain challenges to patients and caregivers. Increased caloric expenditure due to tremors, changes to one’s sense of smell, and medication side effects such as nausea make it difficult for a person with the disease to maintain a healthy weight. “Weight loss in individuals with Parkinson’s is fairly common and can have devastating effects, as it impacts mobility, quality of life, and level of function,” says Denise Burd, nursing faculty member at Bellarmine University. To overcome this challenge, Burd suggests to “always have [the patient’s] favorite foods available and increase your use of seasonings on individual dishes to increase flavor.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Six Ideas that Will Make a Home Safer for Someone with Alzheimer’s


By Carrie Vittitoe


Patients with Alzheimer’s disease often have problems with visual perception, but Amy Sass, a client and employee coordinator with Caring Excellence at Home, has suggestions for minimizing the risk of falls and resulting injuries:

- Remove all rugs.
- Keep corners and floors as clutter-free as possible.
- Remove low-sitting furniture.
- Add furniture that is flush to the ground.
- Remove breakable items from surface areas.
- Add grab bars in the bathroom and by the bed.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

This Type of Surgery Could Help You Heal Faster

By Carrie Vittitoe
Illustration by Silvia Cabib 
If a disease has progressed too far or pain has become intolerable, surgery might become a necessity, but that then means dealing with recovery. Over the past decade, there has been an uptick in the use of minimally invasive surgery, which often allows patients to return to regular activities sooner than traditional surgery. But how do you know if minimally invasive surgery is right for you?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Relieve Your Joint Problems Without Surgery

By Carrie Vittitoe
Many patients with arthritis and tendonitis will try a variety of treatments in order to avoid surgery. Dr. Robin Curry, who specializes in sports medicine and non-operative orthopedics with Norton Orthopedic Specialists, says oral anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and braces make up the first line of treatment. She says evidence also supports the use of corticosteroid injections. For some patients, however, these first line treatments don’t offer the pain relief they need. Researchers and physicians have had to find additional treatment options.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Five More Things to Mark Off of Your Rehab Checklist

By Mark Kaelin

1. What to bring. Remember you are packing for rehab, not a vacation. “I typically suggest a patient bring five days’ worth of clothes,” says Michelle Kelly, clinical liaison for Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana. Bring a swimsuit if the facility offers aquatic therapy.

2. What’s the facility’s transportation policy? After a procedure, you’ll have follow-up appointments with your surgeon. Ask the admission representative if the facility schedules these for you and if they arrange transportation as well.

3. Find out what a typical day is like. People are surprised at the amount of therapy they receive with inpatient rehabilitation. Review a typical patient schedule and observe a therapy session if you can so you know what your experience will be like.

4. Learn all you can about your procedure. Review the details of your procedure with your physician, take notes, and ask about the expected recovery time, but also ask about the best and worst case scenarios.

5. Find out if the facility you’re interested in offers prehabilitation. “A short course of physical therapy before your procedure to maximize your strength, range of motion, and endurance can have a huge impact on how long it takes you to recover,” says Shawn Williams, physical therapist and Orthopedic Program manager at Almost Family.

Read more tips about how to make your rehabilitation experience less stressful here.

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