Taking care of a loved one who requires consistent care can be very difficult experience.  Of course, the role of caregiver is a very heart felt, nurturing and loving experience, but over time is can also be very wearing on the caregiver.

respite-care-sauk-prairieFor the caregiver, the requirements are great and can cause a great deal of stress, worry and a physical toll over time.  The caregiver often does not receive “a break” from their role, sacrificing much of their own freedom and lifestyle to care for their loved one instead.

The caregiver often places their needs behind that of their loved one for months or even years, which can create a very tenuous position.

Respite Care in Sauk Prairie

Fortunately, there is another option that can be utilized that can help everyone involved; the loved one, the family and the caregivers.

This option is called Respite Care and is a type of shorter term care that allows the caregiver to take time away from their caregiving responsibilities and also helps the loved one with other socialization and a loving and caring environment to be cared for.

The loved one can be cared for at a facility, like Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, for weeks or even months, until the time comes when their care can be taken over again.  They are cared for by a skilled staff that has significant experience in the area of elder care and/or memory care.

The Benefits of Respite Care for the Loved One

There are a variety of benefits that your loved one receives through respite care.

  • They can experience socialization with others who are like them
  • They receive unmatched health care services with professional staff
  • They can participate in activities to stimulate their body and mind
  • and many others

The Benefits of Respite Care for the Caregiver

The caregiver also experiences benefits from short term care of their loved one.

  • They can spend some time with their family and friends
  • They can have a chance to take a well deserved vacation
  • They can catch up on other things that need to get done (errands, projects, etc)
  • They know that their loved one is being well care for

There are times in life that caregivers may need a “break” from their caregiver responsibilities for a short period of time.

When the situation arises, the professionals at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie in Sauk City, Wisconsin are prepared to help you in this process.  Our respite care services allow us to take care of your loved one in the way you expect, for a specific duration of time.  This allows you to take some time off to “de-stress”, unwind, take a trip, complete a project…whatever it is that you need to do.

Should you want to learn more about our respite care program, call us today at 608-643-3383.

 

 

For many, the thought of requiring surgery is worrisome enough.  How much pain will there be after the surgery?  Will the surgery work?  How long will it take for me to recover?  Who will take care of me?

These, and many other questions ofter flow through your mind as the surgery date comes near.

Obviously, there are many types of surgeries that are offered, depending upon your situation.  Some of these surgeries require little downtime.  You are up and moving quickly and your normal routines aren’t far away.

For others, however, it isn’t that simple.

Those who require more aggressive type of surgeries or have complications with their surgery often take much longer to heal and may require longer term care.  The need for more family help or even a recovery facility may be essential.

An example of this would be someone who has just had a joint replacement surgery.  Today, it’s quite common for people to suffer from knee, hip or shoulder pain; causing them to require a replacement surgery.

Following this surgery, they may need a physical therapy team to work with their physician to allow them to fully recover from the joint replacement surgery that they just underwent.

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Fortunately, for those in Sauk Prairie, WI and the surrounding communities, the therapy team at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie is available and ready to help.

The physical therapy staff has the ability to work with your medical team and treat you, using the most current and effective therapy procedures.

We’ll initially evaluate your initial health status and work with you to set goals that help you to make a full recovery after your surgery.

Each and every person is different.  Some patients who come to us are in very good health and are able to move quickly along through the recovery process.  Others, due to no fault of their own, may have some other health issues and take some extra time for recovery.

Each of these scenarios is ok.  We treat each and every person differently, based upon their own specific needs.

For those of you that are requiring an upcoming surgery, a visit to Maplewood of Sauk Prairie can answer many of the questions that you have.  You can see our physical therapy facility for yourself and speak with our therapists.

To speak with us directly or to schedule a time to tour, simply call us at 608-643-3383 today.

 

You get up from your chair and you feel the dizziness set in.  You wake up in the morning, raise your head off of your pillow, and feel like your spinning.  You turn your head quickly and you feel the imbalance in your body.

vertigo-treatmentMost of us take our balance for granted.  As long as our balance is good, we don’t even think about it.  But, the moment that we feel a little ‘off’; when we have some dizzy spells, our balance becomes a front and center issue.

Balance of the Body

Each and every one of us has mechanisms in our bodies that control our balance.  These various functions in our body must all work together to allow us to have proper balance as we walk, turn, move and function in our daily lives.

The Cerebellum

The cerebellum is a portion of your brain (in the back of your head) that helps to control your balance functions.

The Eyes

The eyes are a big part of your balance as they give feedback to the brain as to your position, experienced visually.

Your Proprioception

Each of us have ‘proprioceptors’ all over our bodies in our muscles and joints.  These receptors give feedback to our brains and tell us all of the positions of our body parts (even when our eyes are closed).

The Inner Ear

Deep within your ear are canals that help us with our balance.  The fluid and small ‘crystals’ that move within these canals provide feedback to our brain as to the position of our head.

These are some of the main balance mechanisms within our bodies.  It is important to understand that any problems that occur with any of these processes, can cause you to become dizzy or lose your balance.

What is Vertigo?

One specific type of dizziness is called vertigo.

Vertigo is episodes of dizziness and a feeling of spinning with certain head movements.  Vertigo is caused by an inner ear disturbance.  It can be often, but not always, cause by a virus.

Causes of Vertigo

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV)

BPV occurs when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) move within canals of the inner ear. This movement of the calcium particles in the inner ear can send abnormal signals to the brain, causing the vertigo.

BPV can occur for no known reason and may be associated with age.

Meniere’s Disease

This is an inner ear disturbance that is thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause episodes of vertigo along with ringing within the ears (tinnitus) and loss of hearing.

Labyrinthitis 

This is an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). The infection causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that are important for helping the body sense balance

Other cause of vertigo include migraine headaches, brain or neck injuries and certain medications.

Symptoms of Vertigo

Those individuals who experience vertigo often complain of symptoms including:

  • unbalanced feeling
  • spinning
  • swaying to one side
  • jerky eye movements
  • ringing in the ears

Treatment for Vertigo

There are a variety of treatments for vertigo, depending upon the cause.

One of the common treatments for vertigo and dizziness is a type of physical therapy call vestibular rehabilitation.  This is specific treatment for those who are suffering from inner ear disturbances and aims to strengthen the vestibular system.

Another treatment that is often used is a repositioning technique that helps to reposition the calcium particles within the inner ears.  This repositioning can resolve the specific vertigo issues.

 

Should you require physical therapy or treatment for dizziness disorders, feel free to contact us at 608-643-3383.

Your memory.  It contains all of your thoughts, life experiences, past events you’ve attended and names of your friends and family members or even the items that you need to buy at the grocery store.  Your memory is the book of your life, past and present, that is kept tucked away within your mind.

As we age, it’s not uncommon that our memories aren’t as good as they once were.  However, for some, memory loss can be related to a clinical condition such as dementia or alzheimer’s disease.  This can be extremely difficult for those that suffer from memory loss as well as their husbands or wives, sons or daughters, or any of their caregivers.

Assistance For Memory Loss

sauk-prairie-memory-careWhen someone is having problems with their memory, what can be done?  How do you help those who suffer?  Is there a way to provide care for those who have a loss in their memory function?

The good news is that there are things that can be done to help those who are having memory difficulties.  Whether your loved one is just having some early stages of memory difficulties or has more advanced memory loss, there is help that can be provided.

One type of assistance is through a memory care center where the individual is initially evaluated and are then involved in a memory care program to assist them with their difficulties.

Sauk Prairie Memory Care Center

Maplewood of Sauk Prairie offers memory care services for those who are faced with the difficult challenges of memory loss, including dementia and alzheimer’s disease.

Our memory care programs are offered within Evergreen Court, a special unit dedicated specifically for memory care residents.  This secured area is staffed by our wonderful team who have been specially trained in the areas of memory care treatment.

Evergreen Court offers 14 private rooms with handicap accessible bathrooms.  This quaint setting provides ongoing support through memory activities, interactions with others and a place where special attention can be provided for the specific needs of each of our residents.

Through a structured program, our staff works with our residents to include ongoing daily activities that supports their mind and supports them as a unique individual.  Daily games, crafting, interactive activities and special events make Evergreen Court a special place to assist those who are having memory difficulties.

In addition, this special unit has its own outdoor courtyard where you will find residents taking care of flowers, conversing with one another or just taking in some beautiful weather.

Memory Care Help is Close to Home

At Maplewood, we understand the impact that memory loss, including dementia and alzheimer’s disease, can have on a family.  You want the absolute best for those that you love and that’s exactly what we want as well.

If you have a loved one that needs memory care treatment, we encourage you to call us and speak with us directly about how we may help.  Call us at 608-643-3383.  We would be happy to talk with you and answer all of the questions that you may have.

 

For seniors, slipping and falling can be the cause of numerous injuries.  Commonly, a slip and fall can be the cause of broken bones, head injuries, sprains/strains or painful bruising.  Ideally, the best way to approach this issue is to try to prevent the falls in the fist place.

walking seniorsAlthough anyone, at any age, can slip and fall, it becomes more common as we get older.  Balance issues, dizziness, and weakness of muscles are quite common in seniors and this provides the right mix to increase the chances of falling and and potentially injuring themselves.

Often, the fall may cause injury, but it becomes the secondary issues due to the fall that rises up and becomes the major health problem.  Due to increased chances of weakening bone structure in the senior population, a fracture can certainly occur upon falling.  If the fracture causes reduced mobility, such as in a hip fracture, the individual can suffer from longer term effects such as chronic pain, reduced lung function and weakening of the musculature.

For these reasons, it is extremely important that steps are taken to try to limit the possibilities of falls. Whether you are a senior yourself or are the loved one of a senior, actions can be taken right now to help to prevent unnecessary falls.

During Winter – Watch For Ice

During the winter time, it is important to watch for ice buildup on steps and sidewalks.  Gutters that drip can often be the cause of ice buildup and should be repaired.  Sand or salt could also be applied.  Someone should be dedicated to making certain that all sidewalks are clear from snow and ice.

Proper Handrails

Properly installed handrails can make a considerable difference for those who have difficulty with balance.  By securing handrails at the proper height in the proper areas, this can prevent falls.

Use a Cane or Walker

For those that have difficulty walking, it is often necessary to use a cane or a walker.  These can be used for stabilizing the person while they are moving.  Some are resistant to using a walking aid, but it may be time to have a discussion if that is the case.

Bathroom Aids

Installing bathroom aids like grab bars in the shower area can be a great benefit.  These wet surfaces can be the perfect place for a slip and fall and any aid that can help to assist the person with standing or walking is a good thing.

Watch the Floors

Keep the floors clean of any objects that may cause a fall.  Straighten rugs and remove any objects that may get in the way and cause a loss of balance and a fall.

It is important to stay safe and prevent slips and falls at any age.  But, it is even more important to take steps to prevent those that are especially at risk for falling.

 

 

 

If you, or anyone you know has ever suffered from Gout, you understand the fact that it can be a very painful condition.  Let’s talk about the health condition called Gout.

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One of the most painful types of arthritis is called Gout.  It is caused when the body has an over accumulation of uric acid. This can then lead to:

  • Sharp uric acid crystal deposits in joints, often in the big toe
  • Deposits of uric acid (called tophi) that look like lumps under the skin
  • Kidney stones from uric acid crystals in the kidneys.

The Signs and Symptoms of Gout

Gout can affect a variety of joints, however, the great toe is a joint that is commonly involved.

There are signs and symptoms with Gout which include pain, redness, swelling, stiffness and warmth in the affected joint(s).

The Cause of Gout

Uric acid is normally in the body and is created from the breakdown of ‘purines’. Purines are found in the tissues of your body and are also found is certain foods, such as sardines, anchovies, liver, kidney and some other foods.

If for some reason, a person’s body does not remove enough uric acid and it begins to build up in your system, Gout can occur.

Contributing Factors of Gout

Certain individuals are at greater risk of acquiring Gout.  You have increased risk if you:

  • Have family members with the disease
  • Are a man
  • Are overweight
  • Drink too much alcohol
  • Eat too many foods rich in purines
  • Have an enzyme defect that makes it hard for the body to break down purines
  • Are exposed to lead in the environment
  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Use some medicines such as diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine, or levodopa
  • Take the vitamin niacin.

Treatment of Gout

If you are diagnosed with Gout, your doctor may prescribe you with a medication to control the pain and inflammation.  Attacks can last from days to weeks (or even months).

It is best to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare provider.

Gout is an arthritic condition that can be very painful and debilitating for those who suffer from it.  However, there are things that you can do to reduce the attacks that occur.  This means working with your doctor with any necessary medications, eating the right foods that are low in purines, decreasing alcohol consumption, and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

 

 

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley, wife of country artist Brad Paisley, has opened up about the struggles that her mother has faced. Her mother was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of dementia that is incurable.

Her mother’s diagnosis came in 2005 after she began to act irrationally during Kimberly and Brad’s wedding. Her mother who now resides in an assisted living facility continues to struggle with the illness.

In her NBC interview, Kim states, “I’ve learned the same thing from my children that I’ve actually learned from my mother, and that is to be in the present,” she said. “And I think that’s actually a gift that my mother got from dementia. And I think my kids have a similar sense about it. They don’t go and look at my mom and imagine how she used to be.”

Kimberly Williams-Paisley shares candidly about her mother’s dementia

What is Primary Progressive Aphasia?

According to the National Aphasia Association, Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a rare neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired, while other mental functions remain preserved. Unlike other forms of aphasia resulting from stroke or traumatic brain injury, PPA is a degenerative brain condition.

Primary Progressive Aphasia is not related to Alzheimers Disease.  Those who suffer from PPA will continue to be able to take care of themselves and pursue hobbies that they enjoy.  However, they will progressively lost their ability to speak, write, read and understand what they hear.

Cause and Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no know cause of PPA.  Although it typically effects the left hemisphere of the brain, it continues to be a very elusive illness.

Researchers and physicians are testing a variety of medications for PPA, however, there is no cure for the disease.

 

One of the complications that can occur after an orthopedic surgery includes blood clots in the legs.  Also called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), blood clots can occur when the bloods movement is slowed.  A common time for this to happen is after a surgery, when a person has greatly reduced mobility.

Although there are other factors that place one at increased risk for DVT’s, post-surgical knee and hip patients are especially susceptible.  Due to this fact, it is important that you understand the risks and preventative steps prior to undergoing your surgery.  You can speak with you physician about the risks and steps that you need to take to prevent clotting.

It’s for this reason, along with movement of the joint itself, that your healthcare team wants you to begin recommended movements following your orthopedic surgery.  Based on your specific condition and risk factors, other preventative measures include mechanical pumps, exercises and prescribed medications.

Ultimately, the goal of your surgery is to improve your pain and way of life.  Although post surgical complications can happen, there are things that you can do (recommended by your healthcare team) that can help to prevent blood clots.