Artificial joints aren’t as uncommon as you might think. According to doctors at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, around 7 million Americans have an artificial hip or knee. Many of these are older adults. About 7% of people over 50 have had a complete replacement surgery – and that number doesn’t even include those with partial artificial joints!
Things may slow down as we age, but it’s important to keep active. At Santé, we understand that regular exercise can help prevent conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. It can also boost a senior’s mood and provide an opportunity to socialize with other seniors. That’s why exercise or physical therapy is often a component of our home health care and in-facility rehabilitation programs.
What’s the most important muscle in your body? The biceps? Your hamstrings? While these can help you move, the number one muscle in your body is your heart. It provides oxygen and nutrients to your body, and keeps blood flowing to other vital organs. You can’t live without it!
As we age, many seniors begin to require regularly scheduled medical care. Help is often provided by a skilled or registered nurse (RN) who is familiar with the patient’s physical needs. While some professionals use the terms “skilled nursing facility” and “nursing home” interchangeably, skilled nursing services may actually be provided in the comfort of your home, at an assisted living community, in a hospital, or at an inpatient facility such as Santé Transitional Rehabilitation Centers. If you’re unsure what type of care you’ll need, here are three factors that can help determine if a skilled nursing facility is right for you.