Maplewood of Sauk Prairie has been a part of the Sauk Prairie community for many years.  We believe that we provide exceptional services for our senior residents and their families including skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long term care, respite care and hospice.  We strive to provide unmatched quality in a loving and caring environment.

But, we could not make this possible if it were not for our dedicated staff and local community partners.

Alongside our dedicated nurses and physicians is a staff of hard working, well trained nursing assistants, licensed social workers, activity professionals, physical, speech, and occupational therapists.   We also have a wide array of specialists from the Sauk Prairie area that come to Maplewood including: psychologists, podiatrists, dentists, audiologists, optometrists, and hospice care givers.

Local partners include:

  • St. Jude Hospice
  • Home Health United
  • Heartland Hospice Care
  • Southern Care
  • Agrace Hospice Care

It is our distinct priviledge to work with such a wonderful staff and dedicated community partners.

 

 

cardiac rehabilitationThey say that home is where the heart is. But, what happens if you have health issues due to heart or vascular problem. Occasionally, a heart may need some care including strengthening or rehabilitation.

Although your heart is a powerful muscular structure in the body, there are times when you may require some medical assistance after weakening of the heart or after you’ve undergone a procedure.

The vascular system, or the blood vessel system, throughout the body is also a system that may require medical attention should there become a problem with it.

While most correlate the heart with a heart attack, there are other conditions that may occur which require treatment or rehabilitation.

  • Heart Attack – When heart muscle is damaged or destroyed, typically due to a blood flow interruption
  • Congestive Heart Failure – When the heart can no longer pump the amount of blood needed by the body, usually caused by weakening of the heart
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease – When narrowing of the arteries prevents normal blood supply to the limbs

In addition, medical care may be needed for recovery after a heart procedure that was performed. This may consist of heart bypass surgery, angioplasty or a heart valve replacement.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie

When you require cardiac rehabilitation services, our skilled team at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie can help. Our therapists and nursing staff can work with your medical providers to ensure that you receive the best cardiac or vascular treatment possible for your recovery.

We’ll communicate with your doctors and create an individualized rehabilitation program for you. We’ll evaluate your ability level and work within your restrictions to strengthen you and restore you back to a healthy and active lifestyle.

There is an increase of baby boomers coming of the age where they are experiencing challenges in both their physical and mental capacity.

Physcial Challenges

Driving can be a challenge for any of us; especially in one’s advanced years.  Those who have looked forward to retirement and being able to do things they have not had the time to do when they were working or raising children can make their dreams become a reality.  Yet, with the ability to do these things, there are new challenges such as a decline in vision, slower reflexes and decrease in depth perception.  Medications can also affect driving skills.  To aid senior mobility consider: driving during off-peak hours, taking a senior driving education course or using alternative transportation such as a taxi, bus or subway.

Other physical challenges include: medical complications, confinement to a bed or wheelchair and the need for assistance or requiring 24-hour care.  Finding a support system is important to reduce or eliminate depression or the general feeling of being a burden.  It is important to find a way to keep one’s life enriched so there is a sense of purpose.  A support system may come from family members or it can come from a group that corresponds with a specific disability.

Mental Challenges

Depression and dementia are prevelant in seniors 65 years old or greater.  These conditions may be a result of a disease, illness or a life change such as a loss of a  friend or family member.  Without medication and counseling, suicide is not uncommon in senior citizens.  They are often reluctant to talk to their doctor about how they are feeling, yet need to.

Maplewood of Sauk Prairie is a skilled center located in Sauk City, WI that offers rehabilitation, long-term care and memory care.  Skill professionals are readily available to help with both physical and mental challenges.  85% of those utilizing Maplewood of Sauk Prairie’s services for the purpose of rehabilitation are able to go home after treatment.

With the changes in governmental programs and the health care  system the need for more care  given by non-professional care givers will be a reality.  Even if you are a strong resilient person, the stress of being a caregiver can take a toll on your health and well-being.  Stress management techniques will be an important part of your daily routine.

Some of the signs of stress that you may not even notice because you are concerned about those you are caring for are:

  • tired all the time
  • overwhelmed and irritable
  • either sleeping too much or not enough
  • losing or gaining weight
  • loss of interest in activities

There are a variety of things that can help you deal with the stress of being a caregiver.  If someone is willing to help, accept the offer.  If they want to pick up some groceries, cook for you, stay with the person you are caring for or even take them for a walk, allow them to provide help.  It will be a wonderful way to give you a break.

As a caretaker, it is normal to feel guilty about many things.  Focus on those things you can control and remind yourself that you are doing the best you are capable of.  No one is perfect.  If you recognize a need for help, you will want to seek it out.  There are many organizations, associations and support groups to help with specific ailments.    These affiliations can offer encouragement and advice.

You will want to make time for yourself.   Get out and socialize with friends and family members.  It is important to maintain a strong support system to help manage the stress associated with being a caregiver.  It’s also important  to stay healthy.  Walking, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet are all things that promote good health.

Utilize respite care.  Respite care found at a nursing home, such as Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, has become a great option for both the one receiving care and the caretaker.  Though families take great joy in allowing their loved one to remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial strain for the caregiver can be overwhelming.  The family may choose to have their loved one stay at a nursing home where emergency access and professional assistance is provided for a few day or a few weeks.   It allows the caregiver to get a break, go on a much needed vacation or attend a function that would normally restrict them from attending.

Taking time for yourself actually makes you a better caregiver.  It’s hard for you to provide quality care for others if you are not caring for yourself.

One of the most important considerations in maintaining good health is to continue to manage a proper weight.  This is true in children and continues throughout life until we are seniors.

However, as everyone knows, it seems to become harder to maintain a proper body weight as the years go forward.   Slowly, the pounds may sneak onto your body and before you know it you aren’t your ideal self anymore.

But, if you have put on some extra weight, you are not alone.  In fact, the studies suggest that while ⅓ of the American population is of normal weight, ⅓ is overweight, and ⅓ is considered medically obese.

 To make matters harder, it becomes more difficult for the senior population to lose weight for a variety of reasons.  First, they are often less mobile and regular exercise becomes more difficult for them.  Second, with slowing metabolism in the senior population, it becomes much easier for weight to be put on.  Finally, a seniors diet may not be the best if they are not being looked after by someone on a frequent basis.

At Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, we take this issue into consideration with our senior residents.  We feel that it benefits the overall well being of the resident when they can exercise, have nutritious meals and can be monitored when they have certain dietary needs.

Exercise

Our facility has a wonderful rehabilitation department to assist our residents with remaining physically active and also to manage any specific therapy needs that may be required on a medical basis.  From stretching, to cardiovascular, to strength development, our rehabilitation team is always ready to assist.

Nutritious Meals

Our dining experiences are exceptional for our residents.  Our dietician and team prepare an ongoing variety of nutritious meals that help to foster good health for our residents.

Additionally, if a resident has special dietary needs, our dietician will develop a meal plan, taking into account those special requirements.

A Loving Environment

I want to also mention that good health also comes from a warm and loving environment, which is provided.  From our incredible staff, to our wonderful residents and the loving families that surround us, we are indeed blessed with a truly caring and nurturing environment for good health.

It is vital for seniors to maintain good health and our program focuses on many aspects of health and wellness, including proper weight.

sauk city nursing homeYour bones.  An adult has 206 of them and they are needed for structure, protection, movement and more.  So, it’s important that you take care of your bones, just like you try to take care of your eyes or your heart.

As a person ages, it is not uncommon for bone loss to occur.  In fact, bone fractures in the senior population are often the result of weakness within the bones.  There are two common conditions that can occur:

  • Osteopenia – When bone mineral density (BMD) is lower than normal, but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis

  • Osteoporosis – The “fragile bone disease” that is characterized by decreased bone mass due to a deficiency in calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D, and other vitamins and minerals

There are many causes of these conditions, but one main cause is the aging process in general.  You see, our bodies are constantly making and replacing bone.  As young adults, we make bone faster than we reabsorb the the existing bone.  However, that process slows down as we age and therefore the reabsorption of bone is faster than we can make it, leading to bone density loss.

As stated above, one of the common issues with bone loss is the increased risk of fractures.  In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis causes approximately 2 million fractures per year.  The most common fractures in the senior population are the hip, spine and wrist.

To determine if you may have osteopenia or osteoporosis, you should speak with your doctor.  They may recommend a test that measures the amount of bone density that you currently have.

Three factors to keeping your bones healthy throughout your life include:

  • adequate amounts of calcium

  • adequate amounts of vitamin D

  • adequate exercise

Take your bone health seriously and work to ensure that your bones remain strong.  Take care of them and they will take care of you.

Sauk City, Wisconsin (May 3, 2013) – Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, a trusted nursing facility in the local community, is offering the use of LiteGait® equipment in rehabilitation procedures to smoothly facilitate Partial Weight Bearing Gait Therapy. By using the equipment, a Sauk Prairie physical therapist is free to correct the posture, balance, and coordination of patients while they walk.

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Maplewood has served the Sauk Prairie and surrounding communities for 42 years and this past year has had a lot of changes. Rooms have been updated with deluxe mattresses, tvs and chairs, more rehabilitation services are offered, and a new administrator was gained. There is a lot to celebrate and Nursing Home Week, May 12-17 was the perfect venue to do just that. The theme for the week was “Team Care”. Each day the residents and staff participated in a different activity.

nursing week in sauk city wiEvery mother loves to have her children close. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Maplewood treated participants to an entertaining morning of music and a danish. The day was electric and the halls were brimming with smiles, flowers and families. On Monday, it was game day. The highlight was looking at 7 sets of pictures and finding the differences in each picture. Tuesday brought a pizza party in the park, complete with old fashion games. Wednesday many employees and family members made the day special. Together, their offerings created a pet parade with an array of animals including well-behaved dogs, a horse, guinea pig, love bird, Macaw and turtle. Thursday was a day filled with team work as the employees played team building games. It was quite a show for the residents to enjoy and it brought an already close group of employees even closer. Friday was another well enjoyed day. The game played was Family Feud and the answers to the questions related to Maplewood’s current residents. It was another bonding experience as caretaker and resident talked about life “back in the day”, reminiscing about their first car and favorite hobby.

The activity department offers a lot of things for the residents to do on a daily basis. Celebrating during National Nursing Home week was an added bonus. The next celebration to note is on June 20th as residents and family members enjoy a summer picnic.

Many of us look forward to this time of year when we can be out in the fresh spring air, enjoying the birds and plants that are growing in our gardens. Working in the garden is great exercise and rewarding in many ways. As with any exercise, gardening can put stress on our bodies. With proper techniques, you can reduce chances of pain and injury.

You should treat gardening as a sport and warm up before you start. Stretch the most used muscles in your upper and lower body; this will help you become more flexible and able to handle the tasks ahead. Light stretching when you are done helps prevent stiffness later.

As we get older, it becomes more difficult to do as much at one time as we once could. Most injuries occur from doing too much too quickly, so spread out your activities throughout the week.

Keep good body mechanics in mind. Remember to lift heavy bags of dirt or mulch by keeping your back straight and bending your knees. Keep the bag close to your body and lift with the strength of your legs.

When shoveling, dig and lift, turning your whole body before you empty the contents. Avoid lifting, twisting and throwing, especially heavy or wet materials. Avoid bending forward for long periods of time; this can cause problems by putting pressure on your back and knees.

Take frequent breaks and trying to alternate use of different muscle groups; this will help minimize repetitive stress on your spine and muscles. Take a break every 30-60 minutes to get a drink of water every 30-60 minutes.

Most injuries occur when you try to do one last thing, so stop before you become fatigued, stiff, sore or experience pain. If you have pain, ice the area for 15-20 minutes. If that does not help, contact your health care provider.

There are many ergonomic garden tools available to help make gardening experiences safe and products without injuries. Happy Gardening!