Hospital stays, planned or unplanned, are never a first choice for a vacation. Despite our desire to be relaxing on a beach or enjoying the mountains, you or someone you love will unfortunately end up spending time in a hospital. Once stable, hospital patients frequently say the same thing, I just want to go home. When you are in a hospital, your road home may be direct, or it may include a short detour to a short-term rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility. Safety and function are two key points to consider when choosing the best road home.Acute hospitals have the staff, equipment and expertise to care for unstable patients. The need for acute hospital care ends once the patient is stable. With advances in medicine, the amount of time needed to become stable is getting shorter and shorter. Families are often surprised at how fast their loved one discharges from the hospital. This is because stable patients are not always safe patients, which is a concern for both patients and families. If a patient is stable, but not safe to go home, they will most likely need additional time at a short-term rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility to regain their safety. Physical function is another area needing consideration when deciding if going home is the right choice. If the patient can independently perform basic activities of daily living, they will most likely go directly home. If they need help with these activities, a quick stay at a short-term rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility is key. Examples of these basic activities are eating, drinking, using the restroom, transferring between positions such as, lying to sitting, sitting to standing, standing to sitting, and walking. These basic functions can be lost during an extended hospital stay. This is normal and easily remedied with a quick stay at a short-term rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility. If you find yourself in a situation where your safety or function is keeping you from going home, remember that a stay at a short-term rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility is exactly what you need. Your hospital case manager will help you navigate your road home. I highly recommend having someone tour at least three short-term rehabilitation centers/skilled nursing facilities on your behalf to find the one that fits your unique need. Editors Note: This article was submitted by Troy Hamler, N.H.A. Troy Hamler is the Executive Director for The Center at Northridge and may be reached at 303-280-4444.
Parkinsons Disease, LSVT & Rock Steady BoxingLSVT and How It Can Help Living with Parkinsons DiseaseLSVT stands for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and was named for Mrs. Lee Silverman, a woman living with Parkinsons disease and was developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig and has been scientifically studied for over 25 years with support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding organizations.LSVT trains people with Parkinsons disease (PD) to use their body more normally. People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and with other activities of daily living. LSVT effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether small motor tasks like buttoning a shirt or large motor tasks like getting up from sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping people recalibrate how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions more like the movements of everyone around them.LSVT treatment is customized to each persons specific needs and goals and can help regardless of the stage or severity of your condition. That said, the treatment may be most effective in early or middle stages of the condition, when patients can both improve function and potentially slow further symptom progression. Beginning the work with LSVT before there are significant problems with balance, mobility or posture will often lead to the best results, but its never too late to start. LSVT can produce significant improvements even for people facing considerable physical difficulties.Rock Steady BoxingThe Parkinsons Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinsons. Rock Steady exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinsons disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinsons, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Saad Healthcare. Contact information: Call in Alabama: 251-343-9600, Mississippi: 228-432-8855. Website: saadhealthcare.com
For individuals recovering from an illness or injury and in need of additional care, understanding their next steps can be confusing. Here is a brief overview of three of the most common types of treatment options.Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals Do not require a 3-night overnight stay in acute care before accepting Best for medically complex patients 8 hours of direct care per day 30-90 minutes of therapy daily Full range of physicians Physician involvement 7 days per weekInpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals Do not require a 3-night overnight stay in acute care before accepting Best for patients who need medical care daily 6 hours of direct care per day 3 hours of one-to-one therapy daily (depending upon the hospital) Full range of physician with specialty visits on site, consulting as needed Physician involvement 7 days per weekHome Health Best for medically stable patients Amount of care depends upon patient acuity Limited therapy visitsNot all hospitals and home health programs offer the same level or quality of programs, so be sure to ask questions. Editors Note: This article was written by Connie Buckwalter, corporate Director of Communications & Public Relations with PAM Specialty Hospitals. For more information call Barbara Scriven at 720-618-3938 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org