Taking a Stand: 6 Fall Prevention Strategies for Seniors
We’ve all seen it, you know, the old commercial where a senior falls in her home and cries out that she’s fallen and can’t get up. So many recognize the commercial that today that line is practically a punch line. However, the reality is, falling is no laughing matter – especially for seniors. Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
20 percent of all falls cause serious injury, most often head injuries or hip fractures.
Each year, 2.8 million seniors receive emergency room treatment as a result of falls.
More than 800,00 seniors are hospitalize...
William Hoyt came to The Gardens of Easton after being hospitalized with pneumonia and failure to thrive. Upon arrival, William was deconditioned and had difficulty:
Getting in/out of bed: Required 25% assistance
Walking: Required 25% assistance; up to 100 feet with rolling walker; was a high risk for falls
Climbing stairs: Unable to perform
Wash and dress self: Required 75% assistance
Eating and swallowing regular texture foods; was at risk for aspiration pneumonia
Working with our therapy teams, William’s goals was to regain his strength so that he could return home and regain his indepe...
The Gardens at Easton Named Among Highest Rated Nursing Homes in PA
The federal government has given 149 nursing homes in Pennsylvania – The Gardens at Easton among them – a five-star rating after tweaking the way it assesses thousands of nursing homes nationwide.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month revised its inspection process and began providing improved staffing details and new quality metrics. The changes were aimed at providing more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care that residents receive.
See The Bethlehem Patch article listing the facilities here....
The Case for Short-Term Rehab: 4 Core Benefits You Should Consider and Why
If you or a loved one has been experiencing a medical condition that requires a more concentrated level of care, it’s likely that your doctor may have recommended short-term rehabilitation. At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the point?” With that important question in mind, below, we’ve laid-out four core benefits that short-term rehabilitation provides as well as to why it may be worth your time, energy and commitment:
Quality of Recovery: Some may say, “Hey, I’m healthy and active, I even have a long-time exercise regimen, what do I need rehab for?” The reali...
Mother’s Day: 5 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate with Your Senior Mom
Mother’s Day is almost here, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the important women in your life – for many, that means visiting a senior mom or grandmother being cared for at a skilled nursing facility. While your mother or grandmother will be glad to just spend time with you, planning a special Mother’s Day activity is a great way to show your love and appreciation. Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate Mother’s Day with a senior mom:
Treat her to a manicure: A manicure or pedicure is a thoughtful gift idea for your mother or grandmother, especia...
Ronald Burdge came to The Gardens of Easton having been hospitalized with worsening shortness of breath due to increased fluid in his lungs. Following hospitalization, Ronald came to the Gardens of Easton very de-conditioned, and during the evaluation it was determined he had difficulty with:
Getting in/out of bed and standing up from a bed/chair and needed 75% assist
Walking and could only walk with 75% assist up to 10 feet with a rolling walker
Ability to wash and dress myself independently and needed 75-100% assist
Safety when standing and walking and was a high risk for falls
Ability to r...
Helen Breiner came to the The Gardens of Easton after been hospitalized following a fall in which she sustained a significant left arm fracture. Following her hospitalization, Helen was unable to weight bear through her left arm. Upon admission to The Gardens, Helen had difficulty with the following:
Getting in/out of bed and chair: 25-50% assistance
Washing/Dressing: 75-100% assistance
Walking: 25% assistance up to 60 feet
Stair Climbing: Unable to perform
Standing: High risk for falls
In just a little over a month of intensive physical and occupational therapy, Helen was able to:
Donald Teeter came to The Gardens at Easton following a recent hospitalization; showing significant de-conditioning and a decrease in:
Overall leg strength resulting in limitations to my functional mobility
Getting in/out of bed and standing up from a bed/chair, now needing 75%-100% assist
Ability to walk; only able to walk 75 feet with 75% assist versus 300 feet without assist
Ability to maintain my balance with mobility and was a high fall risk
Working with Donald, our therapy teams developed an comprehensive recovery plan and workable timeline – our goal was to help Donald regain his st...
Eileen Schisler came to The Gardens of Easton having been hospitalized with a worsening vertigo condition. Combined with a history of stroke, left-sided weakness, and nerve damage to her right foot, Eileen was unable to walk or maintain her balance.
In addition, Eileen was showing signs of significant de-conditioning and an inability to carry out acts of daily living (ADL), such as independently getting in and out of bed and performing self-care.
Working side-by-side with Eileen, our therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Eilee...
The Gardens at Easton Continues Six-Year Streak of Excellent Survey Results by Dept. of Public Health
January 31, 2019 — The Gardens at Easton recently underwent its rigorous annual survey from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DPH). Showing notable consistency over the past six years. This year, the results were no different, The Gardens at Easton received zero significant deficiencies and earned a 5 out of 5-star health inspection rating.
According to Medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare, The Gardens at Easton has an overall rating of 5 stars, signifying that the center is “much above average.”
Overall star rating and a long history of str...
Susan Camp, came to The Gardens at Easton from a local hospital where she had been experiencing worsening symptoms as a result of spinal stenosis. Her condition included a tingling sensation and weakness in her legs and feet, and difficult walking. In addition, Susan needed assistance with a range of activities of daily living (ADL).
Working with Susan, our physical and occupational therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Susan regain her independence so she could return home.
Susan’s can-do attitude amazed us all! Each day, s...