cardiac rehab300Undergoing coronary bypass surgery is one step on the road to better heart health.

The surgery helps restore the flow of blood to the heart by diverting – or bypassing – it around a blocked coronary artery. The blood is transported around the blocked artery by using a blood vessel from another part of the body.

senior man yelling with letters graphic near mouthCommunication is a universal part of the human experience – an elemental ability that helps us connect with those around us.

Effective communication is more difficult for some of us than others. Injury, disease and the aging process can lessen our ability to converse and understand our loved ones. All Embassy Healthcare locations in Ohio include speech therapy as part of our comprehensive set of services.

inpatient physical rehab 300Rehabilitating from an injury or medical trauma from an inpatient rehabilitation center can offer your senior family member the best of two worlds.

They get many of the comforts of home in a professional rehabilitation facility that helps keep an eye on their progress and keeps them on the road to a full recovery.

elderly person holding hands of family memberAfter making the decision to place a parent in extended care, it’s only natural to feel a sense of guilt.

That feeling can understandably come into play when it comes to answering the question: How often should I visit?

healthy aging300x200We can all agree that healthy aging is the best way to go through life. We’re all aging, after all, and who doesn’t want to be healthy?

September is Healthy Aging Month, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on the best ways of doing that.

senior man coughing after exerciseAlthough most of us have heard of it, very few understand what emphysema is and how it affects the body.

Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects 16 million Americans and is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.

senior receiving occupational therapy

There are a number of reasons that completing everyday tasks gets more difficult as we age.

Occupational therapy can help seniors enjoy a better quality of life by addressing the physical, mental and psychological hurdles that can accompany the aging process. This can be especially true after surgery, stroke, fractures, heart attacks, arthritis, respiratory difficulty, and dementia.

doctor examines elderly man with breathing difficulty

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is particularly serious in the elderly due to weaker immune systems and other health conditions.

Pneumonia, which sends about one million people to the hospital and kills 50,000 every year, affects alveoli, the tiny air sacs in the lungs. Infected alveoli can make it difficult to breathe, fill up with liquid – which makes it impossible for the lungs to function properly. The lungs are less able to oxygenate the blood as they do when healthy. Adults who smoke are more likely to get pneumonia.

Senior man experiencing congestive heart failure

In congestive heart failure (CHF), the heart is unable to effectively pump blood throughout the rest of the body.

CHF is not curable, although early detection and treatment can go a long way in improving a person’s life expectancy and quality of life. It can be caused by numerous conditions affecting the heart, such as a heart attack, coronary/congenital heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic alcohol abuse, thyroid disorders or damaged heart valves.

Grandchild visiting Senior in nursing homeThere’s always an adjustment period when someone moves into a new home.

One thing that helps a person ease into that transition is having regular contact with those who are most familiar to them. There are many reasons that regularly visiting and communicating with aging loved ones in skilled nursing and assisted living communities benefits everyone involved.