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    Understanding the Challenges of Caregivers

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If you are in the role of caregiver for an elderly parent or loved one, you may find yourself facing unique challenges that can lead to caregiver burnout—particularly if you are trying to maintain your own career and family life. At Princeton Care Center, we understand that caregivers are often faced with too many responsibilities, resulting in the burdens discussed here.

    Limited time for self-care

    Caregivers tend to put the needs of others before their own, which can make it challenging to maintain good health for yourself as you care for your loved one. However, you should not hesitate to take a break and ask for help from other family members or friends whenever you need it so that you have time to eat right, exercise, and manage your own needs.

    Physical stress

    Back pain, foot pain, and headaches are common among caregivers, because the task of caregiving can be highly physically demanding. In order to stay physically fit and prevent serious injuries for yourself, take time throughout the day to get off your feet and make your nightly sleep more of a priority.

    Mental and emotional stress

    Because you may not have much time to yourself, you may be under consistently high stress, which could lead to serious health problems down the road. To fend off stress and allow yourself some emotional relief, try scheduling a massage, taking an outdoor walk by yourself, or using aromatherapy to soothe your senses. Even if you only have one or two hours for yourself each week, it is important to take advantage of this time for your health.

    To learn more strategies for coping with caregiver stress and fending off burnout, consult Princeton Care Center on our website or at (609) 853-0169. We offer a number of care services from short-term acute care to long-term living, so we can provide your family with the tools you need to live well at any stage of life.

    Get to Know the Symptoms and Effects of Alzheimer's

    Last updated 11 months ago

    An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be troubling for elderly individuals and their families, because this devastating disease leads to severe memory loss followed by worsening dementia and eventual death. At first, Alzheimer’s may be mistaken for simple problems in the aging process such as forgetfulness and loss of coordination, but as the symptoms worsen, the presence of the disease will become clear. As this video explains, the disease has no cure and it progresses through a period of eight to 10 years.

    To find long-term care that will help your loved one live with Alzheimer’s and slow down the progression of the disease, consult Princeton Care Center through our website or by calling (609) 853-0169. Seeking care early on in the degenerative cycle of Alzheimer’s will provide your loved one with the best chance of remaining aware and active through his or her golden years.

    What Is the Role of Physical Therapy In Rehabilitation?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Rehabilitation may be necessary after a number of diagnoses seen in elderly individuals, and a significant part of this process is physical therapy. There are two primary goals for rehabilitative physical therapy that are important to the complete healing process.

    At first, physical therapy exercises are designed to restore mobility and muscle control so that daily tasks are within reach for the patient. As therapy progresses, exercises transition to strengthening and flexibility training to ensure that future injuries are prevented after the patient returns home. Physical therapy can also address chronic pain with therapies such as electrical stimulation, heat therapy, and therapeutic ultrasound.

    The physical therapy and rehabilitation staff at Princeton Care Center offers care in physical, occupational, and speech therapies to help patients move forward with an independent lifestyle at home following stroke, orthopedic injuries, or chronic wounds. You can learn more about our rehabilitation services by visiting our website or calling us at (609) 853-0169.

    Returning Home After a Stroke or TBI

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Suffering a stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will cause you to spend time in the hospital followed by a stay in a rehabilitation facility that will help you relearn your daily activities and thrive living independently at home. It is highly common for stroke and TBI survivors to live at home, but there are some steps you should take to prevent future hospital visits and serious injuries.

    Consult Your Caregiver

    Whether you have a professional caregiver or a family member working with you, it is important to have a readily available resource to help you maintain your personal care as you regain your independence. You might communicate with your caregiver before leaving the hospital or care facility to establish a plan for home visits and daily activities.

    Make Your Home Easy to Navigate

    Balance and mobility can suffer significantly after TBI or stroke, so you may need to have your home equipped with handrails, carpeting, and other common tools that will allow you to remain mobile while preventing falls. It may also be helpful to move furniture so that there are clear walking paths throughout your house.

    Stick to a Consistent Schedule

    Taking your medication on time every day will be essential for your health and recovery, so you might pre-sort doses of your medications and set an alarm to remind you to take them. Setting a schedule of daily activities can also be beneficial, as this will ensure that you are up and active throughout each day.

    At Princeton Care Center, we offer personalized rehabilitative care in a comfortable, welcoming environment where you can begin your recovery before your transition back home. Our physical therapy staff has extensive experience working with TBI and stroke patients, and we can help you establish a routine that will allow you to live well for years to come. You can learn more about us at our website, or you can call us directly at (609) 853-0169.

    Understanding Medicare Rehab Coverage

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If you have been seriously hurt in a fall or have recently suffered a heart attack, stroke, or any other major medical problem, Medicare will fully cover the cost of your rehabilitation in a short-term and sub-acute care facility for up to 20 days. In order to qualify, you must have spent at least three days in a hospital as an inpatient. Read on to learn how Medicare Rehab Coverage works.

    What Kinds of Rehab Are Covered by Medicare?

    After a sudden injury or illness such as a broken hip or a stroke, patients often need comprehensive rehabilitation at a care facility in order to regain the ability to walk or speak. Medicare covers a wide range of rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. Physical therapy includes any service that treats the body by mechanical means, such as heat, light, exercise, or massage. Occupational therapy helps a patient regain the ability to perform basic activities such as bathing and preparing meals.

    How Can I Make Sure My Claim Is Approved?

    Medicare beneficiaries can seek treatment from any Medicare-certified provider. Your best bet to having Medicare cover your care is to make sure your status is switched to inpatient while you are still in the hospital. Be sure to double-check with your doctor and case manager, and ask your attending physician to review your status if you are designated as “observation” only.

    What If My Claim Has Already Been Denied?

    After you’ve been discharged, the hospital cannot switch your status. Unfortunately, this means you have to appeal your case to Medicare, which can be a tough process. To make sure you get the physical therapy and occupational therapy you need, ask your care facility to bill directly to Medicare.

    Here at the Princeton Care Center, our short-term, sub-acute, and long-term care providers are dedicated to helping all patients achieve the best possible quality of life. If you have questions about Medicare Rehab coverage or want to learn more about our occupational and physical therapy offerings, visit us on the Web or call our care center today at (609) 853-0169.

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