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Occupational Therapy - Helping Heal

Whether carrying both my twin sister and I on his shoulders at the same time, lifting heavy parts while fixing cars, or losing his wife of 40 plus years, my grandpa has always been one of the strongest people I know. He also happens to be my favorite person to get coffee with, T.V. watching buddy and one of my very best friends. He devoted many hours to helping me learn to read, teaching me how to make oatmeal cookies, watching my sister and I perfect our dance routine to Shania Twain songs and raising me into the person I am today.

Eating Right Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated - simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Start building a smarter plate by choosing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy - foods that are packed with the nutrients you need without all the added sugars and solid fats. In addition, you can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke by eating less sodium.

Hand Hygiene

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. It's quick and simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.

What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency that happens when an infection you already have - in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else - triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. It's your body's over active and toxic response to an infection, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?

A patient with sepsis might have one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

Physical Therapy: A Safe Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

No one wants to live in pain, but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain - and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. That’s why the CDC recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain. Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education - and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.

What You Need to Know about Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium. Legionella is commonly found in fresh water sources, but it rarely causes illness in these settings. However, in manmade water sources that are not maintained properly, the bacteria can multiply and cause illness. These manmade water sources include whirlpool spas, the cooling towers of large building air conditioning systems, decorative fountains and water features, hot water tanks and heaters, plumbing systems in large buildings, and in shower heads and other drinking water sources.

ADLs and Occupational Therapy for Seniors

Occupational therapy is an essential part of a rehabilitation program, as it allows individuals to get back to a productive, independent lifestyle. Over one-third of occupational therapists work with older adults who have been affected by illness, injury, disability or mental health condition. In fact, occupational therapists are often advocates for the elderly, working with local community groups and governments to ensure each is doing their part to allow seniors to maintain as much independence as possible.

12 Tips For Healthy Feet

You know your heart needs a lot of TLC but so do your feet! After all, they are the workhorses of your body, taking an average of 5,000 steps a day. That’s 2.5 miles! Not to mention that your feet have to bear the weight of your body every step of the way. Those hard-working feet deserve a little more attention than you’re probably giving them. Here are some tips to help keep them healthy.

Measles

Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis - the three “C”s -, a pathognomonic enanthema (Koplik spots) followed by a rash. The rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed. The rash spreads from the head to the lower extremities. Patients are considered to be contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears.

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