Whether you’re young or you’re in your senior years, there may be times in life that you need rehabilitation due to an illness or injury.  It’s at that time that you will need to find a quality program for your therapy needs.


Although some patients require inpatient rehabilitation (you remain at the center for a period of time while receiving your rehab), many others have the ability to receive outpatient rehabilitation (you can receive your scheduled therapy at the center, but can stay at your home during this period of time).

Maplewood of Sauk Prairie Offers Outpatient Rehabilitation

Although Maplewood does offer inpatient rehab for those who are staying at Maplewood, we also offer outpatient rehabilitation that serves the entire community – for the young and the young at heart.

Our therapy team is made up of professionals from Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistants, and more.

With a therapy prescription from your doctor, we can provide you with outpatient therapy services for many conditions.

How to Receive Outpatient Rehab Services at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie

Receiving your therapy services at Maplewood is easy.

1.  Simply speak to your doctor and tell him/her that you’d like to receive your outpatient therapy through Maplewood of Sauk Prairie.

2.  Call us to discuss your treatment and schedule an appointment

3.  Receive your initial evaluation and follow up treatment from our friendly staff.

We look forward to resolving your health issues through our rehabilitation and therapy department here at Maplewood!


New Director of Nursing at Maplewood

Maplewood is proud to announce Joni Blau as their new Director of Nursing.  Blau has been with Maplewood for 17 years and has honed her skills in many areas ranging from nursing to management, making her a natural fit.  Maplewood has built a solid reputation as a leader in rehabilitation and skilled nursing.  Throughout Blau’s tenure, she has been instrumental in implementing policies and methods behind the quality care provided at Maplewood. Her philosophy is that each person matters, whether it’s a resident or fellow coworker.

Joni Blau - Director of Nursing

Joni Blau – Director of Nursing

Joni Blau, new Director of Nursing at Maplewood, has 17 years of experience and knowledge of Maplewood’s culture – which is a real boon for Maplewood of  Sauk Prairie.

We’re Making Improvements

It’s an exciting time at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie!  The construction is well underway and is moving along nicely.

Construction Project

Construction Project

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in late August to early September, will improve and beautify our facility.  Some of the changes that you will see include:

-The addition of a new front wrap around porch enabling residents to enjoy the outside
-A new larger drive up entrance allowing for better access for vehicles and entry
-A renovated front area allowing for improved resident outdoor space, new landscaping and increased parking.

Maplewood of Sauk Prairie takes great pride in proving our residents and their families with an outstanding experience.  This project is another step that we have taken to  improve on that longstanding goal of ours.






Blueprint of the Completed Project

Print of the Completed Project

Maplewood, Sauk City, WI Recognizes Cataract Awareness Month In June

Cataract Awareness during the month of June is recognized by Maplewood, Sauk City, WI.  The world’s leading cause of blindness is cataracts.  It is a very common eye condition so knowing the facts is essential.

Two parts of the eye affected by cataracts are the lens, which is the eye’s natural lens behind the iris and the pupil which consists of protein and water.  Through time and age, when the protein clusters together, it can create a cataract.  Vision is affected by a cataract in two ways:  by making objects appear blurry or by adding a tint of brown color to your vision.  This discoloration of the lens makes blue and purple tones hard to distinguish.

In the beginning, cataracts may be unnoticeable, but through time and growth of the cataract, vision worsens.  Symptoms of cataracts include light sensitivity and poor night vision.

Age is a contributing factor in developing cataracts; however, some other factors include injury to the eye, high blood pressure, diabetes, intense exposure to sunlight and family genetics.

During cataract surgery, the lens is replaced with an artificial lens.  It is an effective treatment and the most frequently performed surgery in the United States.  Glasses, good indoor lighting and glare-resistant sunglasses can help the early symptoms and allow a person with cataracts to see better.

In life, there are unfortunate events that may happen.  You may be involved in a car accident, a slip and fall or you may injure your shoulder when you are playing softball with friends.

These injuries may be painful, require a visit to the doctor or even a surgery.  It’s not uncommon that after an injury some injury rehabilitation may be necessary.  This may require a physical therapist to evaluate the injury and treat the problem until you fully recover.

Although you may be in the position that you require some rehabilitation, the good news is that Maplewood of Sauk Prairie is available to provide you with the valuable therapy that you will need to get back on the road to recovery.

The therapists at Maplewood are trained and experienced to handle the many injuries that put people on the sidelines of life.  They treat conditions from simple sprains and strains, to more aggressive treatment such as post-surgical repairs or joint replacements.

Post injury treatment begins with a thorough evaluation that can be initiated by your doctor.  This initial testing assesses your current abilities such as your strength, flexibility, and range of motion.  This information provides the therapist and staff with the information that they need to correctly manage your injuries.

Based upon the evaluation and diagnosis you will be treated in the rehabilitation department which may consist of range of motion, strength training, flexibility or even balance training.  Your customized treatment program will be based upon your specific needs.

Your therapist will continue to monitor your progress and work with your doctors and care team.  Ongoing assessments will occur to determine how you are improving and what further steps may be necessary to improve your recovery.

Your doctor and the therapists will determine when you have reached maximum recovery and you will be released from care when this occurs.  At Maplewood, you will be part of the process and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

So, although injuries are never planned and certainly not wanted, you can receive the rehab care that you may need right here at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie.  We’d love to help and become part of your recovery team.

Take advantage of warm weather

Whether you can get around independently or need assistance with a walker or wheel chair, you still can enjoy the joys of a spring day.   Break free from the chains of winter and go outside for a breath of fresh air and sunshine.  A direct benefit of sunshine is Vitamin D, which is necessary for the brain, bones and muscle function.  Using sunlight as a source of vitamin D, also has been found to improve cognitive function.  It is also beneficial to get outside and meet others including adults, children and pets.  A simple change in scenery can rejuvenate anyone, but it is especially beneficial for the elderly.

It is important to be aware of temperature.  As it increases, it is extremely important to stay hydrated.  Dehydration at any time of the year can affect muscle function, blood pressure, which can lead to a dangerous situation.

Suggested things to do:

  1. Attend sporting events.  It is extra special when it’s your grandchild you are watching, yet it’s rewarding to watch local children playing soccer, baseball, swim meets, etc.
  2. Go fishing.  Many piers are wheelchair accessible.
  3. Take a walk.  Go a short distance and turn around and head back.
  4. Watch birds.  Install a bird house, bird feeder or bird bath outside to attract birds.  It is relaxing and enjoyable seeing the variety of birds you can attract and try to identify them.
  5. Fly a kite.  Children will be excited to help and you will know they are enjoying it as you hear laughter and see ear-to-ear grins.  They will have fun to get the kite in the air and others will also enjoy watching it.
  6. Eat a picnic lunch at a park or playground.  Elderly people enjoy watching children and take delight in all their busy activities.
  7. Participate in community events.
  8. Enjoy summer holidays.  Fireworks and parades bring out the kid in all of us.
  9. Sit by a pool or lake.  Simply putting your feet in the water is always relaxing.

Proper gardening boils down to good body mechanics

Being outside in the fresh spring air, enjoying the birds and plants in our gardens is something to look forward to.  A truly rewarding type of exercise is gardening.  As with any exercise, gardening can be stressful on your body.  Through proper body positioning and techniques, you can reduce pain and injury from gardening.

First, as you would with any sport, stretching your muscles in the upper and lower body is important both prior to and after gardening.  By staying flexible and limber, it makes gardening tasks easier to handle and light stretching when you are done can prevent stiffness later.

Second, be realistic.  As we age, we may not be able to do as much as we used to do.  A majoriy of injuries occur from doing too much too quickly.  Spread out your tasks throughout the week.

Third, use proper body mechanics.  Avoid using your back when lifting. Bend your knees, keep your back straight and use your legs to carry the weight as you hold the object close to your body.  When shoveling, dig, lift and turn your whole body before you empty the contents.  Avoid lifting, twisting and throwing, especially heavy or wet materials.  Refrain from bending forward for long periods of time which puts pressure on your back and knees.  Instead, sit on the ground or a stool.

Fourth, take a break.  Alternate the use of different muscle groups and minimize repetitive muscle and spine movement.  Take a break every 30-60 minutes, drink water and stretch as you decide what needs to be done next.

Fifth, know your boundaries.  Most injuries happen when you do one last thing.  Stop before you become fatigued, stiff or sore.  If there is pain, put ice on it for 15-20 minutes.  Depending on the severity, contact your health care provider.

Lastly, use ergonomic garden tools.  These tools allow for a safe, productive and injury free gardening experience.

Happy Gardening.

Maplewood Sauk Prairie reveals the benefits of gardening.

Gardening days are not gone forever just because you are growing older.  In fact, research has proven that gardening provides a lot of benefits for seniors.  The rewards are the same whether it is container or land plot gardening.

Gardening is dual purposed being both relaxing and therapeutic.  Various tasks that keep the mind sharp are part of the gardening process.   Another contributor to a keen mind is the simple act of being outdoors; it reduces stress, irritability and depression – all things contusive for a restful sleep.   Also fresh air improves focus and concentration.

A University of Arkansas study found that weight-bearing activities done during the gardening process increased bone density and reduced the risk of osteoporosis.  Digging in the dirt, lifting a watering can and pulling weeds help build motor skills.

A sense of purpose and accomplishment can be found by nurturing and caring for another living thing.  It is rewarding to see the fruits of your labor in the form of scrumptious fruits and vegetables or beautiful blossoms.

Maplewood Sauk City provides a snippet about Parkinson ’s Disease

Nearly one million Americans are affected by Parkinson’s disease which is a chronic and progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.

Dopamine is the chemical produced in our brains that plays a crucial role in controlling movement and coordination.  As Parkinson’s progresses, the amount of dopamine the brain produces declines, leading to the outward signs of the disease such as: tremors in the legs, arms, jaw and face; slow movement, stiffness in the trunk and limbs; and impaired balance and coordination – though symptoms vary from person to person.

Early signs for this slowly progressing disorder may be mild or go unnoticed.  Early symptoms of Parkinson’s include:  tremor or shaking, smaller than usual handwriting; loss of smell; sudden movements during sleep; trouble moving or walking; blank facial expression and dizziness or fainting.  Having one or more of these symptoms does not mean that you have Parkinson’s disease, but if you experience any of them, discuss the matter with your physician.

The cause of Parkinson’s remains unknown and there is not cure for the disorder, yet symptoms can be treated with medication, physical therapy or surgery.  Parkinson’s is found most often in middle-aged to older adults.

Go to  www.PDF.org  for more information.

Maplewood Strives to Keep Loved Ones Illness Free

Influenza has been widespread throughout the state and has been known to be in the community as well.  At Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, we strive to keep loved ones free from illness by utilizing infection control practices and encouraging vaccinations for both residents and staff, including the influenza vaccination.   We realize your loved one is looking forward to your visit.  By applying these basic principles of infection prevention, it will make you a “good visitor”.

Tips provided by APIC:

Stay home.  Do not visit your loved one if you are sick or had any symptoms of illness within the last three days including: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, uncontrolled cough or rash.

Wash or sanitize hands frequently both before and after visiting your loved one.  Clean your hands after touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, after using the restroom and both before and after eating or drinking.  Use your sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze, do not sit on the resident’s bed or handle the equipment.  Help residents with hand hygiene before eating and after using the restroom.

Every one to two hours, disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door knobs, toilet handles, bedside trays, etc.

Wear surgical masks if requested by staff.  Remove the masks when leaving resident care areas. If you touch the mask, replace it.

Recognize if you’re coming down with an illness.  Be honest about how you feel and realize if you are coming down with a respiratory illness, you are MORE contagious during the first 24-48 hours than you are at the end of the illness – after your immune system has had a chance to fight the illness.

Gastrointestinal illness (stomach bugs) caused by viruses can spread like wildfire through long-term care communities.  Norovirus causes severe and prolonged nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Influenza (or “the flu”) can cause severe illness and sometimes death in long-term care residents.  The onset of symptoms is normally quick, including fever, chills, body aches, headaches, tiredness and runny/stuffy nose.  Everyone over the age of 6 months should receive the flu shot every year – recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Human Metapneumovirus and Adenovirus are the cause for everything from a cold to pneumonia.  They are spread when a person coughs or sneezes and has contact with others.  The Adenovirus can cause death in older adults and very young children.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes severe influenza-like illness in older adults and young children.  It is spread when someone coughs or sneezes and has contact with others.

Use common sense before visiting a loved one.

Source:  APIC, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.


Kidney Care

The month of March boasts National Kidney Month.  At Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, we’d like to share tips about kidneys and how to keep them healthy.

Many functions are performed by the kidneys including removing body waste, balancing the body’s chemicals and fluids, regulating blood pressure, producing red blood cells and helping bones to remain healthy.

Chronic Kidney Disease, CKD, is something that affects millions of Americans.  CKD is manageable, yet if undetected can worsen over time.

Anyone can be struck by CKD, yet factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes.  Symptoms are not always noticeable, but may include nausea, swelling in the feet, hands or face, back pain and unusual looking urine.  A simple test done on blood and urine can let you know if you have kidney disease.

Common kidney problems include kidney stones and kidney infections.  Though they are less serious, if left untreated, they can develop into a real problem.  An inherited disorder that can lead to kidney damage is polycystic kidney disease.

Key factors in preventing kidney problems include managing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.  There are also benefits to keeping kidneys healthy through reducing sodium in your diet, exercising regularly and controlling cholesterol.

Go to www.kidney.org for more information about kidney health.