Thursday, July 19, 2018

Simplify Grocery Shopping for Your Loved One

By Carrie Vittitoe

Grocery shopping for a loved one should first begin with two questions: What do you like to eat, and what are you able to eat? Amy Sass suggests caregivers shop for their loved ones using store gift cards. After grocery items are purchased, both the store gift card and the receipt should be put in the same envelope. This way, your loved one can review all costs and items bought. If anything needs to be returned, it will be easy to locate the receipt and gift card.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Five Things to Mark Off of Your Rehab Checklist

By Mark Kaelin

1. Tour multiple facilities. “Depending on the timing of your procedure, there might not be a bed available at your first choice so it’s important to have one or even two alternatives,” says Michelle Kelly, clinical liaison for Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana.

2. Check a facility’s quality rating here. You can see how Medicare grades this facility on patient outcomes, staffing ratios, and health inspections. “The more information you have, the better you’ll feel about where you go,” Kelly says.

3. Learn all you can about billing and costs. “Medicare typically only covers 21 days of inpatient rehabilitation. After that, many patients have to pay out of pocket,” says Shawn Williams, physical therapist and Orthopedic Program manager at Almost Family. “Make sure all your financial questions are answered,” Kelly added. Rehab is hard enough without being concerned about your finances.

4. Be ready to work — hard. “The goal of rehab is to maximize your level of function after a procedure,” Williams says. While you’ll have ample time to recuperate, a rehab facility’s primary goal is to get you up and moving.

5. Find out about visitation times and if a family member can stay with you. “At Green Valley, all our rehab spots are in private suites so there’s ample room for a family member to stay,” Kelly says. “However, that’s not the case everywhere.”

Thursday, July 12, 2018

This 71-Year-Old Woman Will Make You Take a Second Look

By Victoria DeWilligen
Photo by Melissa Donald 

"Yoga is all about breathing. If you can incorporate breathing into your everyday life, you have basically mastered yoga. Yoga is really designed to get you through daily life, breathing through difficult times."

Judy Look, yoga instructor at the Greater Louisville YMCA

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Five Ways to Experience Summer and Sunshine

By Tiffany White
Photos by Aubrey Hillis

When the sun is shining, it’s time to get out and experience the things that can illuminate every spot of your life. Try one or all of these ideas for using the sunshine to brighten your days and lift your mood.

Take a bike ride through Cherokee Park, the Parklands at Floyds Fork or any other beautiful, scenic area. It’s a fun and relaxing way of enjoying nature while getting in a good workout.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Who Went Above and Beyond for Your Loved One?

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond when caring for the elderly? The Innovative Caregiving Award recipient is a caregiver that is using innovative methods to give the utmost care to their patients in the areas of home health care service, community or facility based, volunteer caregiver, and independent caregiver. Nominate someone here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Eat Dessert by the River and Learn Some History

By Brittani Dick
Photos by Melissa Donald

Widow's Walk Ice Creamery
Lunch Plus One is a simple outing to do with a friend or a relative. This summer outing takes you to Southern Indiana for a cool, tasty treat and beautiful views.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Who Helped You With Rehab?

Do you know anyone who has made advances in the rehabilitation of aging individuals? The Innovative Therapeutic/Mobility Services Award is given to someone who has excelled in special treatments/rehab advances or activities that improve the mobility of their patients. Nominate someone here.
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