Posts by Alameda Staff

Proper Communication and Dementia Care

Proper Dementia Care

It can be challenging to communicate effectively when providing dementia care because dementia is all about communication problems. A person who has dementia suffers from a range of symptoms that may include memory issues, clarity in thinking and expression, mood swings, and personality changes. This is in addition to the emotional aspect of someone in…

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Common Myths About Long Term Care

Planning for long term care

Long term care is somewhat misunderstood outside of people who are currently dealing with it. However, it’s worthwhile to know what it actually is, so people can plan accordingly in case they end up needing it. It’s the full time care of a person who is not able to manage by himself at home, and…

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What are Infectious Diseases? What You Need to Know

Keeping hands clean helps prevent infectious diseases

Infectious diseases are illnesses that develop from viruses, parasites, bacteria and fungi. These can live in our bodies without causing any harm, and in certain cases are healthy, but they sometimes can cause damage, illness, and even death. Types of infectious diseases Bacterial – these are caused by bacteria that enter the body and are…

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Ventilator Weaning Rehab

Ventilator weaning rehab

Ventilator weaning can be a challenging process, and only with careful assessment can it be successfully accomplished. Ventilator weaning rehab is the end of the process. When is a patient ready for ventilator weaning? It can be quite tricky to determine when a patient is ready for ventilator weaning, and there are several methods.  One…

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A Typical Day of Post Op Rehab

A typical day of post op rehab

Post op rehab is an important element of patient’s recovery after surgery. But what actually happens during the patient’s stay? While the particulars of each case will be different depending on the patient’s situation, needs and goals, there’s a basic setup to a day of rehabilitation. The mix includes therapy, rest, comfort, medication and support.…

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Advances in Neurological Care

Advances in neurological care

Diseases that require neurological care are amongst the deadliest killers in the US. Stroke, which affects almost 800,00 people a year and kills 140,000 people every year, is the third largest cause of death. Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia are the sixth leading cause of death in the US. Medical researchers are working…

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Post Hospitalization Care for the Elderly to Prevent Falls

Post hospitalization care to prevent falls

An important issue for seniors who have been released from the hospital is preventing falls, according to a new study. The study found that a large percentage of cases where seniors end up back in the hospital is due to a fall. During the immediate post hospitalization period of thirty days, recently released seniors need…

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Rates are Low for African Americans

Pulmonary rehabilitation rates are low

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a game-changer in the fight against COPD for many sufferers. However, only a small fraction of people who are eligible for the program actually enroll in it, and disturbingly, that number goes further down for the African American population. What is pulmonary rehabilitation? Pulmonary rehab is a program where people who have…

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Blood Pressure Medication for Alzheimer’s Care?

Blood pressure and Alzheimer's care

A new study finds that blood pressure medication increases blood flow in the veins leading to the hippocampus, the first part of the brain where Alzheimer’s disease strikes. Although the study isn’t far-reaching and doesn’t prove that this drug helps fight Alzheimer’s, the authors say it is encouraging and further research may show it to…

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Technology for Better Post-Acute Care

Advances in post-acute care

As insurance companies and government health organizations become increasingly aware of influencing factors in healthcare, they are in turn becoming more savvy about how to allot payments for these factors. One example is post-acute care. Much research has shown that if patients are not well-take care of in the immediate time post-op, hospital readmissions greatly…

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