Returning to daily life as usual after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seem daunting. Many TBI patients believe every facet of their life will be different. However, this does not have to be the case, as brain injury rehabilitation can help make this seemingly scary recovery an easy transition.
Brain injury rehabilitation helps you regain abilities that have been lost due to TBI. This rehabilitation helps patients learn to live again --- to be as independent as possible, to live with changes caused by TBI, and to readjust to home, family, and community.
Rehabilitation efforts should begin as early in the recovery process as possible – as soon as the patient’s condition is stable enough and doctors have taken all necessary preventative measures against further complications. Patients that begin rehabilitation quicker are more likely to regain lost abilities and functions.
After falling into a diabetic coma, Francheska struggles for her life and lives to tell her recovery story at Kindred Hospital - Park View.
Vanlord shares his stuggles with brain injury and his great recovery at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation - Braintree.
Multiple strokes left Dick cognitively impaired and forced to have one leg amputated. Still, he lived to tell his inspirational tale and shares his recovery experience at Kindred Hospital-Park View.
A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone — and result in a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges. In fact, 1.7 million people (including 475,000 children) sustain a traumatic brain injury every year.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, but Dale Richard Mulder, CEO at Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Clear Lake in Webster, Texas, is aware of these injuries all year long. He says, “Every brain injury is different. As such, we tailor therapy to suit the needs of the individual. Our physical, speech and occupational therapists work to retrain the brain and provide adaptive techniques and devices so the patient can regain independence.”
The health of America . . . 35.7% adults are obese1, 25.8 million adults and children have diabetes2, 19.8% of adults over 65 years of age suffer from cardiac disease (coronary artery disease)3, and 12.5 million Americans have cancer4. Is there a place for nutrition in today’s world? I would say a resounding yes!! With current changes in medical reimbursement and disease management, prevention has become a new focus. Good nutrition and physical activity are the cornerstones to preventative medicine. And who better to guide America back to health than the registered dietitian.
Each March, America celebrates National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme is Eat Right Every Way Every Day. Dietitians are encouraging personalized healthy eating styles and recognizing that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns all impact individual food choices. The registered dietitian plays a critical role in helping people Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day.
program to post-acute care. With February being Heart Month, and knowing that heart disease is one of the readmission penalty diagnoses, I paid attention when I recently read a study in Annals of Internal Medicine from investigator Janet Prvu Bettger and collaborators from Duke and Wake Forest.[i] This study looked at the role of transitional care interventions in patients who had recently suffered a heart attack or stroke. The question was legitimate: what interventions around transitions work to improve outcomes? What they found was sobering.
March is National Social Work Month and a perfect time to recognize the invaluable role social workers play at Kindred Healthcare.
“Social workers are integral to the care provided to patients,” says Stacey Hodgman, Sr. Director, Care Management. “In order for a patient to truly heal physically, their social and emotional needs must be addressed and in balance with their condition.”
Hodgman explains that social workers are an amazing non-medical resource. At Kindred, social workers serve in a multitude of roles including as case managers and discharge planners. They get to know their patients and take a holistic approach to determine the support systems already in place and what type of assistance they might need when transitioning to home.
Activities of daily living including cleaning, grooming, cooking, and countless other actions we do in stride come easily to the vast majority of the population. Imagine that you suddenly find yourself performing these tasks slower than usual, or unable to complete them at all. This can be a reality for much of the aging population.
National Senior Independence Month sets out to help older citizens remain in control of their daily lives. According to the Administration on Aging, “85% of adults over the age of 45 say they’d rather stay in their own homes” as opposed to moving into a facility.
Here are some home safety tips to continue living independently:
A strategic plan that is articulated in Mission, Vision and Value statements can fail when companies become distracted by the challenges of day-to-day operations. Removing barriers to a plan’s success was one of the aspects of a presentation by Barbara Baylis, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Residential Services for Kindred’s Nursing Center Division, and expert Brian Lassiter, president of Performance Excellence Network.
Their presentation, How Prepared Are You for the Future? Addressing Challenges and Capitalizing on Opportunities, was featured at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Symposium in San Antonio, Texas on February 11-13.
Baylis and Lassiter discussed the importance of strategic planning to achieving and sustaining performance excellence. She provided examples of proven best practices learned over 20 years in the industry.
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