COPD coughingLiving with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) isn’t always easy, as simply breathing can prove to be a significant challenge.

However, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to improve your quality of life. Embassy Healthcare offers the following suggestions to make living with COPD more manageable.

Senior PuzzleWith September’s designation as World Alzheimer’s Month, it’s important to remember that there are many ways we can promote brain activity for loved ones with the disease.

Embassy Healthcare knows that keeping people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias engaged in activities with family and friends can help them in the following ways:

Healthy Aging MonthSeptember has been designated as Healthy Aging Month, the perfect time to refocus our energies on making better lifestyle choices.

Now in its second decade, Healthy Aging Month was developed to encourage those 50 years of age and older to start practicing better health practices, and to use these years to “re-invent” yourself. It’s never too late to learn a new sport, hobby or career, according to the month’s creator, Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine.

Veteran saluting Flag 300x190Many veterans may not be aware of the many senior care benefits they have earned because of their service to our country.

More than a third of Americans older than 65 are wartime veterans or a spouse of a wartime vet, but may not realize they qualify for a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) program called the Aid & Attendance benefit. Unfortunately, nearly 70% of veterans or their families are unaware of benefits available to them.

Embassy Healthcare reminds veterans and their families they can save significant amounts of money by applying for all of these benefits they deserve.   

Couple walking 300x200Although arthritis can make physical activity seem painful and difficult, walking has been shown to ease symptoms of the chronic condition.

Arthritis affects more than one in four American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although arthritis could make exercise seem like a stretch, walking is a low-stress form of physical activity that can reduce joint pain, increase strength and flexibility, and fight low energy levels.

Forest Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation in Columbus OhioEmbassy Healthcare’s Forest Hills Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation community located in Columbus, Ohio, an area full of cultural, entertainment and social activities.

Forest Hills also offers full-time and short-term residential care, as well as adult day services.

Located at 2841 E. Dublin Granville Road on the north side of Columbus, the Forest Hills Center nursing home is situated near the suburban community of Westerville. 

seniorIf most of us had our way, we would “age in place,” living our later years in the comfort of our own home.

Unfortunately, our own home is not so comfortable once our health needs reach the point where getting the level of care we need simply isn’t possible. The acceptance of the fact that it’s time to reside in an environment where physical, mental and emotional needs can be met is a stressful time for our elderly loved ones.

strokeWith 80% of strokes being preventable, it’s important to consider lifestyle behaviors that could affect your chances of having one.
Stroke – the fifth leading killer in the United States – is the most common cause of disability in adults, affecting nearly 800,000 Americans every year.

There are three types of stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control. An ischemic stroke is when blood supply to the brain is blocked by a clot. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Either type can lead to brain damage or death. The third type is a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or “mini stroke,” which occurs when blood flow to the brain is stopped for a short time, usually less than five minutes. A TIA is a warning sign of a future stroke.

medication monitoringAs more adults are living longer with multiple chronic conditions, chances increase for seniors being needlessly prescribed medications.

These medications may duplicate the effect of another medication the senior is taking, show no effectiveness for its intended use or otherwise be unnecessary. This “inappropriate prescribing” can be the result of doctor error or a lack of awareness about how the medications may affect each other. Further, seniors may take medicine past their intended use, potentially creating a harmful situation in the medicine cabinet.

AdobeStock 23565131Embassy Healthcare’s Grande Oaks location is a leader in providing ventilator care for patients with chronic respiratory issues in the Cleveland area.

The skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Oakwood Village – located off I-271 just 30 minutes from Cleveland – has 15 years of experience with ventilator and tracheotomy patients. Our pulmonary services include having respiratory specialists on site 24/7, offering chronic respiratory management, COPD, BiPAP/CPAP and oxygen therapy, as well as weaning patients off a ventilator or tracheostomy when they are well enough to do so.

As a long-term ventilator care facility, Grande Oaks assists patients with a variety of respiratory support needs. Our 24-bed specialized respiratory clinic offers specialized services that are fully integrated with the rest of our resident-focused care, which is at the heart of our dedicated staff’s offers.