Tidbits of Knowledge

Friends from Illustratus.com share December tips.

Make Time for Friends: Take a cue from the song “Auld Lang Syne,” and make time to catch up with an old friend. It will not only boost your mood, but also your health. Having regular contact with a wide circle of friends has been proven to help people live longer, happier lives.

Read for Relief: If holiday happenings bring on anxiety, get some relief by reading. A British study found that spending just six minutes with a good book can lower stress by 68 percent.

Gift of Praise: One of the best gifts you can give takes little time and costs no money: a sincere compliment. Praising someone will make them feel great and give you a lift, as well.

Peppermint Pick-me-up: Whether in candy canes, lotion or tea, peppermint is popular this time of year. Use it to give yourself an instant pick-me-up. The scent stimulates blood flow to the brain, which increases alertness.

A snack for sleep: Having trouble sleeping and tired of counting sheep? Try a banana for a nighttime snack. The fruit contains tryptophan, which can make you drowsy. Bananas are also rich in the minerals magnesium and potassium, which help relax
your muscles.

Do something new: As a new year approaches, vow to try something out of the ordinary every week. Whether it’s a new activity, friend, food or simply learning a new word, bringing something different into your world can enhance brain health and enrich your life.


ID theft prevention tips offered by Maplewood Sauk Prairie comes from Secura Insurance Companies September 2014 article called 8 tips for preventing ID theft in a social world.  Maplewood Health & Rehabilitation Center’s goal is to promote safe independent living.


8 tips for preventing ID theft in a social world


Immediate access to cell phones and GPS devices may provide a sense of security, but these technologies also feed identity thieves’ morsels of information they are eager to devour.  With a few precautions, you can rely on electronic devices without being a victim of identity theft.  Here is how:


  1. Do not respond to suspicious texts.  Text messages that ask for personal information, like your social security number, debit card, PIN, or bank account number are virtually NEVER legitimate.  Contact the sender by phone to verify the identity.
  2. Store contacts by first names.  By listing contacts as Mom, Hubby, or Home, you are inviting a thief to contact them for personal information.  Thieves can quickly text Hubby to find out, “What’s our bank PIN number again?” before he knows your phone was stolen.
  3. Delete sensitive data.  If you plan to sell your phone, delete your personal data.  If you are unsure how to delete your pictures, passwords or contacts, bring your phone to your network provider’s retail store and ask for assistance.
  4. Download ringtones from reputable sites.  In order to capture personal data, identity thieves create phony sites that claim to offer ringtones and other downloads.
  5. Do not store your home address on your GPS.  An identity thief – or burglar – who steals a GPS can find your home and feel comfortable knowing you won’t return if you store your schedule on the same device.
  6. Carry electronic devices separately.  A cell phone, GPS and wallet make a great combination.  If you carry all of them together – in a purse for example – you leave a thief with the needed information to steal your identity.
  7. Lock your phone.  If your cell phone has a passcode or other type of security lock, use it – at least when you’re in a public place.  Then if you do lose it, you’ll feel a little more secure.
  8. Do not share too much on social networking sites.  A message on a social networking site stating that you will be on vacation for the next two weeks is an invitation to burglarize your unattended home and rummage through your mail and other personal information.  Never list a full birth date.  This is key information for an identity thief to use to set up false accounts.

Maplewood of Sauk City Advocates Conscientious Cell Phone Use While Driving.  We are sharing Secura Insurance Companies published September 2014 article about how cell phones distract drivers.


Ditch the Phone:  Distracted driving a killer


Three big myths surround the topic of distracted driving:

1.            I am able to safely text and drive.

2.            Only younger drivers have texting-and-driving accidents.

3.            It’s safe for me to drive while talking on the phone, as long as it’s a hands-free device.


These statements couldn’t be further from the truth based on numerous studies, but countless drivers still turn to their phones when they’re on the road.  If you’re one of them, we urge you to join us in our efforts to curb distracted driving.  Maybe these points will help change your habits:

  • Using hands-free phone slows your reaction time so much that you’re more likely to crash than if you were operating a vehicle with a .08 blood alcohol content.
  • You are four times more likely to be involved in an auto accident if you’re on the phone.
  • We offer discounts to our safest drivers.  Call your agent to learn more.


What you can do to help.

  • Change your voicemail to let people know you are driving.
  • Silence your phone or place it in airplane mode while you’re driving – and put it some place you’re not tempted to pick it up.
  • Pull over to use your phone if making a call is necessary.

Maplewood Health & Rehab Center of Sauk Prairie Encourages Safe Steering Wheel Hand Placement.

Maplewood partners with AARP and hosts 4 driving classes a year to help seniors lower their insurance and retain or become better drivers.  There is no way your license will be revoked by taking these classes.  Rather, the goal is to keep you driving longer.

September 11th from 8:00-noon, “CarFit” is offered.  This event has you bring your car to Maplewood and adjustments are made to individualize the fit of your car to your body.  It essentially makes it easier and more comfortable for you to see and drive.

November 11th from 8:00 – noon, a classroom instruction called Driver’s Safety is offered.  It reviews driving changes such as steering wheel hand placement of “9 and 3” vs. “8 and 2” – which is what was taught prior to the late 80’s.

Progressive Insurance had a very helpful article about position grip on the steering wheel.

“Drive Safe Today Day” to highlight practical, sometimes counter-intuitive, safe driving strategies

In the deep recesses of my brain, I have just a few vague memories of taking driver’s ed back in the late 80s. Yet, certain things have always stuck with me—like the “10 o’clock and 2 o’clock” rule for hands on the steering wheel. I think that little gem and its helpful mnemonic are habitual for many of us.

But, as with many things in life, it’s a good idea to periodically reflect on what you’re doing, ask if there’s a better way, and commit to it. Times and technology do change, even if habits are hard to break.

Join us for Drive Safe Today Day

On September 3, Drive Safe Today Day will help us all break out of some of our bad driving habits. Together, we (Progressive and you … if you’re up to it) will pledge to drive a little safer. We’ll offer up some tips—easy things you can do to break out of some of the less-than-ideal driving habits that (let’s face it) we all have. And, we’ll work together to make driving a little safer … at least for a day.

Some of those habits will be obvious (like, put down the phone); others, less so.

And, that brings us to our first tip: “9 and 3” is the new “10 and 2.”

An engineering marvel

Most of us probably take airbags for granted, but it was only in 1998 that the federal government made them mandatory in passenger cars. According to a fact sheet published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, frontal airbags have saved an average of 2,336 lives annually between 2008 and 2012. They’re an engineering marvel that have made a real difference in safety on the road.

But, driving a car with a steering-wheel airbag does require updating an old-school habit. If you’re still using the “10 o’clock and 2 o’clock” position, it’s time to change.

Slide those hands down the wheel a bit

NHTSA now recommends moving the hands down the wheel to the “9 o’clock and 3 o’clock” position. Here’s why.

When your airbag is triggered, super-hot nitrogen gas fills the bag, forcing open the plastic cover on your steering wheel. The bag then expands toward you at 150-250 mph. The higher your hands are on the wheel, the more likely they are to be over that plastic cover—and the more likely they are to be injured when it blows open.

A driver otherwise protected by the airbag can suffer a broken nose or concussion caused by the hand being blasted into the face, finger or hand amputation, fracture, or a rather gruesome and very graphically-named injury called “de-gloving.”

9 and 3 strikes a reasonable balance between driving safety (hands in a good position to control the car), and injury avoidance if the airbag goes off (hands out of the way of the cover).

So, 9 and 3 it is.

(And, needless to say, one arm on the steering wheel & other leaning on an arm also referred to “Detroit Leaning” is out as well.)




The fantastic improvements that are underway at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie are moving forward.  It was hard to envision the outcome when the parking lot dug out, some trees were removed and some of the existing building was taken down.  However, the project is really coming together and the changes are now quite visible.

maplewood of sauk prairie

As you can now see, the parking lot has been updated and the new pavement is now down.  The beautiful wrap around porch and accompanying pillars are visible and ready to soon be used by the residents.  The new entrance is much improved and has been created for easier entry and exit.  You can also see the beautiful shrubs and trees that are ready to be planted.

We are very proud of how our improvement process at Maplewood is coming along.  We are really excited for the project to be finalized so that all of our residents and families can enjoy the updates.

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.