Your diet is an important part of good health.  Below are 20 artery cleansing foods to add to your diet:

1. Avocados

2. Oatmeal (brown rice)

3. Olive oil

4. Nuts

5. Sterois from plants (such as Noni fruit plant, medicinal plants)

6. Salmon (Fatty fish such as tuna, herring, mackerel)

7. Asparagus

8. Pomegranate

9. Broccoli

10. Turmeric- ginger family

11. Persimmons

12. Orange juice

13. Spirulina (known as miracle plant, that is a form of blue green algae that is found in warm, fresh bodies of water.)

14. Cinnamon

15. Cranberries

16. Coffee

17. Cheese

18. Green Tea

19. Watermelon

20. Spinach (leafy greens)


According to Wisconsin’s division of AARP there are 16 counties that are a part of a food bank program. In Wisconsin, there are over 220,000 people over the age of 65 that are eligible for Food Share, which is called Wisconsin’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), yet there are only about 40,000 enrolled in the program. The lack of knowledge, guideline eligibility, stigma, and confusion on application has kept many eligible seniors from participating in this program. The Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, which has a long standing relationship with AARP, is piloting a senior outreach effort to address any issues that may hinder enrollment.

From Wisconsin’s AARP single effort of contacting members in these 16 counties, they have had more than 900 calls requesting information on SNAP and assisted more than 575 households to connect with benefits.

Here are a few members who are now enjoying the benefits of the SNAP program.

* A 60 year old man out of work.

* A 55 year old woman, working a job for $8.50 an hour qualified for at least $100.00 a month in Foodshare benefits.

* An 81 year old woman living only on her social security, with $565.00 a month medical bills.

* And the list goes on for those who have heard of the program.

If you or someone you know would like information or to apply for FoodShare benefits call

800 362-3002 or you can check it out on Second Harvest Food Bank Website.



Sauk City, Wisconsin (September 15, 2013) – Maplewood of Sauk Prairie is offering advanced negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to promote and enhance the healing of different types of wounds. The treatment uses a special vacuum dressing, which is carefully applied on patients by a skilled team composed of the Maplewood Sauk Prairie physical therapy department, nurses, and physicians, among others.

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One of the many things that we may acquire as a result of growing older is foot care problems.  When you think of all the years of wearing poorly designed or ill-fitting shoes, natural foot “wear and tear”, poor circulation and improperly trimmed toenails, there is no doubt our feet have noticed the abuse.  To prevent problems we need to practice good foot hygiene and if there is a problem, have it treated by a family member or physician.  Sometime we may need a specialist for more serious or complicated problems such as a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon.

By keeping good circulation and blood flow to the feet, you can help prevent problems.  Sitting, standing, pressure from shoes, smoking and extreme cold temperatures are all things that reduce blood flow to the feet.  Standing, stretching, walking and other exercise will promote good circulation as well as a foot and leg massage and the inclusion of a warm foot baths.  As we age, our feet may get wider, so it is good to have your feet measured so you can wear comfortable fitting shoes.  The upper part of the shoes should be made of soft flexible material and the soles should give you solid footing and not be slippery.  Thick soles give your feet less pressure on the sole surface, – as does low heeled shoes.  They are more comfortable, safer and less damaging than high heels.

Some common foot problems are the result of a fungal or bacterial condition such as athletes’ foot, which occurs from feet being enclosed in a dark, damp environment.   These infections can cause redness, blisters, peeling and itching.  If foot infections aren’t treated properly, they may become chronic and hard to cure.  By keeping your feet and toe area clean & dry plus exposed to air when possible, it will help prevent these conditions.  If you are prone to fungal infections, you may want to dust your feet with fungicidal powder.

Watch out for moisturizers which contain petroleum jelly or lanolin (which is found in many brands).  The constant pressure or friction, when the bony areas of your feet rub against your shoes have been known to cause corns or calluses.

If you have foot problems, a podiatrist or physician may determine the cause and suggest a treatment.  There are many over-the-counter medicines.  Some may reduce the need for surgery; however, others may destroy the tissue, but not the treat the cause.  If you are diabetic or have poor circulation, self-treatment can be dangerous.

Viruses can cause skin growths and warts, which may be painful or spread if untreated.  A doctor may apply medicines, burn, freeze or remove the wart surgically.

Bunions may develop when the big toe joints are out of line, becoming swollen and tender.  Poor fitting shoes or inherited weakness with the foot may cause bunions.  In severe bunion cases, the shoe may be cut away and protective pads used to cushion the painful area.  Bunions can be treated by application or injections of certain drugs, whirlpool baths and sometimes surgery.

Ingrown toenails can be a very painful foot problem and are caused by improper trimming.  Usually the large or great toe is the one to get an ingrown nail.  A doctor or podiatrist will cut away the part of the nail causing the problem.  They suggest you cut the nail straight across the top of the toe.

A hammertoe is caused by tendons that control toe movement which are shortened.  it causes the toe knuckle to enlarge and stiffen as it rubs against the shoes.  This may affect your balance.  Treatment is to wear shoes and socks with plenty of toe room.  In more advanced cases you  may need surgery.

Bone spurs are a calcium growth that develops on the bones of the feet.  They are caused from muscle strain, standing long periods of time, wearing bad fitting shoes or by being over-weight.  At times they may be painless, but other times the pain may be severe.  Physician or Podiatrist prescribed foot support, heel pads or cups may be necessary, thought you may want to try an over-the-counter support first.

Maplewood partners with Aggeus Healthcare and has a podiatrist come in to assist residents with foot care needs.

Compassion fatigue, a type of burnout that used to affect only people who are in so-called “traumatic professions” like doctors and nurses, is now beginning to impact regular individuals. According to an article in the National Post, written by Dr. James Aw, medical director of Medcan Clinic in Toronto, adults who are juggling various responsibilities that include caring for a sick elderly relative, are showing signs of physical, emotional, and spiritual distress commonly associated with this condition. Many people suffering from compassion fatigue nowadays are members of the sandwich generation—individuals who take care of their parents and children, on top of managing the home and maintaining a regular job.

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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.